When the hip-hop-presaging Last Poets released their second album, This is Madness, in 1971, it was accompanied by an ad campaign proclaiming: “If you’re white, this record will scare the shit out of you. If you’re black, this record will scare the nigger out of you.” Both the album’s cover—flaming background with dashikis up front—and the full-page ad are reproduced, along with fistfuls of other colorful graphics, in Listen Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965–1975 (Fantagraphics). Tonight the author, Pat Thomas, visits Brooklyn to spin tunes and project album covers and posters reproduced in such chapters as “Honkies for Huey” and “Negroes With Guns and Radios.”
Sat., Sept. 29, 6 p.m., 2012
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