2002, Linton Kwesi Johnson became only the second
living poet and the first black poet to have his
work included in Penguin’s Modern Classics
series. Born in the town of Chapelton, Jamaica,
in 1952, he migrated to London in 1963; there, he
attended Tulse Hill secondary school and later studied
Sociology at Goldsmiths’ College, University
In 1974, Race Today published his first collection
of poetry, Voices of the Living and the Dead. He
has had four more books published since then, including
1980s Inglan is a Bitch. Mr. Johnson’s first
album, Dread Beat An Blood was released in 1978.
Since then he has released 14 more, including LKJ
Live in Paris in 2004, a CD and DVD celebrating
his 25th anniversary as a reggae recording artist.
Linton Kwesi Johnson has been running his own record
label, LKJ Records, since 1981. He has worked in
journalism and still regularly tours around the
world with the Dennis Bovell Dub Band. He is also
a Trustee of the George Padmore Institute. In 2003
Johnson was bestowed with an honorary fellowship
from his alma mater, Goldsmiths College.
Program: Two The Hard Way