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Linton Kwesi Johnson

(1952-), Poet and musician

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Reggae poet, broadcaster and recording artist. Jamaican-born Johnson came to London in 1963. Educated at Tulse Hill Secondary School, he later studied Sociology at Goldsmith's College, University of London. He helped to organise a poetry workshop at school. He joined a group called Black Panthers. developing his own work with Rasta Love, a group of poets and drummers. Awarded a C Day Lewis Fellowship (1977), he became the writer-in-residence for the London Borough of Lambeth in the same year. His first poem appeared in the journal Race Today. By 1975 he had published his first and second collection of poems, released his first LP Dread Beat An' Blood and a documentary film by the same name about his work. Other published collections include MiRevalueshanaryFren, albums of recorded work include Bass Culture and LKJ in Dub.

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Linton Kwesi Johnson, by Andrew Catlin - NPG x35988

Linton Kwesi Johnson

by Andrew Catlin
bromide print, 1984
On display in Room 28 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x35988

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