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The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography

The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography

Title: The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah

Author:  Benjamin Zephaniah

ISBN:  9781471168925

Weight:  795g

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The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah, who has travelled the world for his art and his humanitarianism, now tells the one story that encompasses it all: the story of his life.

In the early 1980s when punks and Rastas were on the streets protesting about unemployment, homelessness and the National Front, Benjamin’s poetry could be heard at demonstrations, outside police stations and on the dance floor.  His mission was to take poetry everywhere, and to popularise it by reaching people who didn’t read books.  His poetry was political, musical, radical and relevant.

By the early 1990s, Benjamin had performed on every continent in the world (a feat which he achieved in only one year) and he hasn’t stopped performing and touring since.  Nelson Mandela, after hearing Benjamin’s tribute to him while he was in prison, requested an introduction to the poet that grew into a lifelong relationship, inspiring Benjamin’s work with children in South Africa.  Benjamin would also go on to be the first artist to record with The Wailers after the death of Bob Marley in a musical tribute to Nelson Mandela.

The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah is a truly extraordinary life story which celebrates the power of poetry and the importance of pushing boundaries with the arts.

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah
Sub title The Autobiography
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features Two 8-page sections of photographs (both monochrome & colour) showcasing the life and career of Benjamin Zephaniah
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Awards and Media
Media adaptation BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week: five 15-minute daily episodes at 9:45 a.m. from Monday 30 April 2018.
Book Stats
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Imprint Scribner
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781471168925
ISBN 10 1471168921
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 334
Size (h x w x d) 242 x 161 x 30mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Adrian Pope
Design Jack Smyth S&S Art Dept.

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