The mighty Michael Smith’s John Peel session from 24 April, 1982. Advertisements
From his posthumously published book It A Come, 1986. Meck Dem Know How Yuh Feel Meck dem know how you feel fi siddung deh so long, an a no you one de pressure a teck. Down to de yout-dem inna Brixton stop sing glory to Englan, for not even a laugh can come outa dem […]
Three months after the murder of Michael Smith, Creation For Liberation put on a gig remembering the life and poetry of Michael Smith. This review is from the NME, 26 November, 1983.
The news about Michael Smith’s killing breaks in the NME, 27 August, 1983. There’s a report about his funeral here.
Prescient words from Michael Smith who was murdered in 1983 because of the words he spoke. Trinidadian poet, John La Rose, said he “came across our sky like a comet, and vanished.” Sunday I sit Sunday not meditating on people clapping shouting meek shall inherit earth but meditating freedom I shall not die a natural […]
From the NME, 24th September, 1983 “What kind of society are we that we stone our poets to death?” asked Rastafarian Dr Freddie Hickling at the funeral of dub poet Michael Smith. Held at St Judes Church in Stony Hill, not far from where Smith had been attacked and killed, the large congregation of mourners […]
From Race Today Review, 1984
On 25th June 2015 Hannah Lowe, Kayo Chingonyi, and Tim Wells read commissioned poems in tribute of Michael Smith. The 1982 Arena documentary Upon Westminster Bridge was also screened, Anthony Wall introduced his film. Anthony Wall and Roxanne Escobales Red Tam Hat for Mikey Smith Haven’t thought of you in years 1981 is history, but […]
25th June, 2015 saw the Stand Up and Spit tribute to Michael Smith at the Black Cultural Archive in Brixton. Hannah Lowe not only read some of her own poems, and one she had written about Michael Smith, but also part of this one by E. A. Markham. It was published in Race Today Review, […]
Remembering Michael Smith October 10, 2013 This is an old piece published in Woofah magazine issue 4 in 2010 but written in 2008 to mark 25 years since the death of Michael Smith. *I had a beer with Angus Taylor and he’s kindly let me copy this from his website. Angus is a music journalist […]