David Henderson (5)

David Henderson (5)

American poet and writer born in Harlem, New York in 1942.

David was a founder of the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s and has been an active member of New York's Lower East Side art community for more than four decades. In 1962 Henderson, along with other black writers, founded the Society of Umbra. Henderson has published four volumes of poetry, and his work has appeared in numerous literary publications and anthologies. Henderson spent more than five years researching, conducting interviews, and writing Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child of the Aquarian Age. Originally published in 1978, it was condensed and revised as Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky in 1981. A new expanded edition was published in Britain in 2003 and scheduled for American publication in 2006 as Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky--Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child.

Although his poetry and writings may be described as being reflective of personal experience, popular culture and the emotional consciousness within American society and it's diverse cultures, Henderson's later poems signaled his move toward jazz poetry. He described this as "the language of the man of the moment; it's improvised; it's street language...African 'talking drums'--the basis of jazz--were one of the world's first mass communications systems. People related to those rhythms in a unified way." His poems frequently portrayed jazz musicians such as Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, and he began performing on jazz recordings. In 1971 he recorded with the avant-garde saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Henderson wrote the lyrics to composer and pianist Sun Ra's Love in Outer Space and recorded with Sun Ra as well with saxophonist David Murray and Butch Morris.


David Henderson (5) Discography


BR 461, BR-461 Various Elvin Jones Gretch Freak Various - New Jazz Poets(LP) Broadside Records, Broadside Records BR 461, BR-461 US 1967 Sell This Version
FL 9702 Various Part 3 From Wolfbane Various - Poets Read Their Contemporary Poetry: Before Columbus Foundation(LP) Folkways Records FL 9702 US 1980 Sell This Version


Various Boppin Various - Black Spirits: Festival Of New Black Poets In America (Comp) Black Forum, Motown, Motown US 1972 Sell This Version
GPS 001 Various The Louisiana Weekly No. 1 Ruckus Poem Part 1 Various - The Dial-A-Poem Poets(2xLP, Comp) Giorno Poetry Systems GPS 001 US 1972 Sell This Version
BF-211108-1A/B, GPS 028-029 Various Ghetto Follies Various - One World Poetry(2xLP, Comp, Album) Milkyway Records, Giorno Poetry Systems BF-211108-1A/B, GPS 028-029 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version