Mar 21, 2013 - Sale 2308

Sale 2308 - Lot 487

Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
THE ORIGINS OF RAP & HIP HOP (MUSIC--RAP, HIP-HOP.) GYLAN KAIN, FELIPE LUCIANO & DAVID NELSON, THE "LAST POETS." Right On! Poster for the film of the Last Poets, 27-1/2 x 20-3/4 inches; faint damp-stain through the left side. New York, 1970

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one of only three known surviving copies. The Last Poets, a group of three revolutionary poets, consisting of Gylan Kain, Felipe Luciano and David Nelson, were the earliest group to perform what would eventually become "Rap." The group's name was taken from a poem by the South African revolutionary poet Keorapetse Kgositsile, who believed he was in the last era of poetry before guns would take over. The original Last Poets (later groups used the name) were formed on May 19, 1968---Malcolm X's birthday---symbolically at Marcus Garvey Park in East Harlem. Critic Jason Ankeny wrote of the group: "With their politically charged raps, taut rhythms, and dedication to raising African-American consciousness, the Last Poets almost single-handedly laid the groundwork for the emergence of hip-hop." The British music magazine NME stated, "Serious spokesmen like Gil Scott-Heron, Gary Byrd, and the Last Poets paved the way for the many socially committed Black [emcees] a decade later." The Last Poets did cut an LP and fortunately for the history of "rap" a movie was made of the Last Poets called Right On. It featured numbers by the group and was shot almost entirely on New York's Lower East Side. This poster is one of only three known copies.