Rhymes, Rock and Revolution: The Story of Performance Poetry – 17 May 2021 – 17/5/2021 – Monday – BBC Four

Is poetry the new rock ‘n’ roll – or is rock ‘n’ roll the new poetry? This documentary explores how the edges between performance poetry and popular music have become blurred – a radical cross-pollination that began 50 years ago when Allen Ginsberg stormed the stage of the Royal Albert Hall. In the year when the Beats met The Beatles, the event turned a young generation on to verse – a revolution that shows no sign of slowing down in today’s urban music and slam poetry scenes.

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