For the average person, "spoken word" is not a good thing. It evokes images of people with mikes, flannel shirts, strident voices and issues with their parents (or parent-substitute, the government). No thanks. Spoken word was pitched as a trend, hyped as poetry-meets-rock-and-roll. Suddenly, every coffeehouse had an open-mike night, Lollapalooza had onstage poetry slams and the world got exposed to a lot of really, really bad poetry. The hype was a lie--almost. Because out of the rubble, Saul... More >>>
"We're performing in rock venues," says spoken-word artist Saul Williams. "Everything a band would do, I'm doing."