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XSpoken word -- plus sports records and even some Folkways oddities!

Comedy | Spoken Word | Children's


New Jazz Poets
Folkways, 1967. New Copy Gatefold
A seminal set of righteous underground poetry – a key bridge between the earlier work of Langston Hughes and some of the bigger spoken sides of the 70s by artists like Gil Scott-Heron or Wanda Robinson! As the title promises, there's a definite undercurrent of jazz in the work – but ... CD

Marshall McLuhan/Jerome Agel

Medium Is The Massage
Columbia/Five Day Weekend, 1967. New Copy Gatefold
CD...$7.99 17.98
A real mind-trip – and an incredible document of the times – not just ideas floating around in the late 60s, but also new ways of making records too! The album is loosely based around ideas and writings from The Medium Is The Massage – McLuhan's important 1967 book, co-written ... CD
Folkways, 1959. New Copy
Tony Schwartz must have been one of the coolest cats working on the New York scene in the 50s – not a musician, or a singer – but instead a sound artist whose legacy was dedicated to documenting the city in a very poetic way! This album may well be Tony's masterpiece – a long ... CD

Langston Hughes

Rhythms Of The World
Folkways, 1955. New Copy
A really wonderful record – and one that maybe brings together a few key strands of the Folkways Records magic – as the album features narration by Langston Hughes, based on his First Book Of Rhythms book – layered with sound effects, folk songs, and music from around the world ... CD

Bobby Seale/Eldridge Cleaver/H Rap Brown

Huey/Listen Whitey
Folkways, 1972. New Copy Gatefold
Dialogue excerpts from two early 70s films documenting the shift between the Civil Rights and Black Power eras in the US! Side one is taken from the film Huey – and features Black Panthers Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver and H Rap Brown – plus what sounds like interviews with police and ... CD
Folkways, 1977. New Copy Gatefold
A pretty cool collection produced by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee – focusing on famous speeches by important female African-Americans – mostly focusing on the civil rights era, but also featuring an early speech by Ida B Wells. Ruby reads the speeches, and works include "I Am A Black ... CD

Judi Sheppard Missett

Jazzercise (1981)
MCA, 1981. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Elizabeth Taylor/Mickey Rooney/Donald Crisp

National Velvet
Aragorn, 1945. Sealed
Lux Radio Theatre broadcast starring Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp, Janet Cott, and Norman Field. LP, Vinyl record album
Premier, 1960s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Caedmon, 1962. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
Radio Pulsebeat News, 1964. Very Good-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Martin Luther King

Speaks To District 65 DWA
Distributive Workers Of America, Mid/Late 60s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Louis Farrakhan/Jesse Jackson

Our Time Has Come
FC Music, 1984. Sealed Gatefold
A 2LP set that features recordings made by Farrakhan at Operation Push in Chicago – one from 1983, featuring the "Founders Day Speech", the other from 1984, featuring the "Report On Syria". LP, Vinyl record album

Vincent Price

Coven Of Witches' Tales
Caedmon, 1973. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Fantasy, 1959. Sealed
Maybe one of the coolest albums of poetry ever recorded – a set that features a young, pre-hippie Allen Ginsberg – delivering his epic poem Howel, plus some other key works too. The young Ginsberg's voice is great – and really fills the works with a lot of bitterness and cynicism ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ziff-Davis, 1967. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Henry Rollins

Texas Hotel, 1989. Sealed 3LP
... LP, Vinyl record album

Ronald Reagan

Freedom's Finest Hour
Decca, 1967. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
London, 1959. Near Mint- 3LP box
... LP, Vinyl record album

Ruby Mazur

Dynamic Karate
Adam VIII, 1974. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
Friends Of Phil Crane, 1971. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Rae Armantrout

Fonograf Editions, 2016. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Alfred Edward Housman/James Mason

Shropshire Lad & Other Poetry
Caedmon, 1965. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Arthur Miller/Repertory Theater Of Lincoln Center

Incident At Vichy (2LP Box Set)
Mercury, Mid 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Box Set
... LP, Vinyl record album
Folkways, 1965. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
MGM, Late 60s. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
Buddah, 1969. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA, 1960s. Sealed 2LP
... LP, Vinyl record album
Tributes, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, Mid 60s. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
20th Century, 1964. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Adlai Stevenson/Alexander Scourby

Voice Of The Uncommon Man
MGM, 1965. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Richard Harris/Arif Marden

Prophet – By Kahil Gibran
Atlantic, 1974. Near Mint- Gatefold
A spoken word classic – Richard Harris' reading of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet – all set to some sublime backings from Arif Mardin! Harris has an even more pointed style of pronunciation than on some of his previous records on ABC – less of a shining tramp than the British actor ... LP, Vinyl record album
Aisthesis (Germany), 1971. Used
Pieces from Velemir Chlebnikov, Aleksej Krucenych, Kazimir Malevic, Raoul Hausmann, Kurt Schwitters, Maurice Lemaitre, Francois Dufrene, Henri Chopin, Bob Cobbing, Peter Greenham, Paul De Vree, Arrigo Lora-Totino, Ladislav Novak, Gerhard Ruhm, Franz Mon, and Ernst Jandl. CD
Rhino, 1959. Used 3 CDs
Includes "Poetry For The Beat Generation", "Blues & Haikus", and "Readings By Jack Kerouac On The Beat Generation" and a beautiful 40 page book! A classic meeting of jazz and beat poetry – packaged beautifully too! CD
Folkways, 1959. Used
A very unusual record – one that has the Folkways ethnographic team on the streets of New York, recording the songs and calls of "six boys in trouble" as they riff and sing on some rough and raw numbers! The record's an odd turn of the ethnographic ear to the American scene – ... CD
Conversa Phone Institute, 1960s. Used
... CD
Conversa Phone Institute, 1960s. Used
... CD
John Hammond, 1981. Sealed 2LP
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from beat legend Allen Ginsberg – not just a record of his famous poetry, but one that also features him on harmonium as well! There's a really weird, dark sound to the record – as Ginsberg plays harmonium and sings/speaks his own words ... LP, Vinyl record album
Updated February 27, 2021

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