The Cricket: Black Music in Evolution

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The Cricket: Black Music in Evolution (magazine)
Editor Amiri Baraka (then LeRoi Jones), Larry Neal, and A. B. Spellman
Categories Music magazine
Year founded 1968
Final issue 1969
Company Drum Publications Ltd
Country United States
Based in New York City
Language English
Website The Cricket

The Cricket, subtitled "Black Music in Evolution", was a magazine created in 1968 by Amiri Baraka (then LeRoi Jones), Larry Neal and A. B. Spellman.[1] Baraka has said: "Larry Neal, AB and I realized the historical influence of music on African /Afro American Culture. I saw the magazine as a necessary dispenser of this influence as part of a continuum. And that attention to the culture was a way of drawing attention to the people’s needs and struggle."[2] The headquarters was in New York City.[3]

Four issues of The Cricket were published from 1968 to 1969.[4] Contributors included Sonia Sanchez, Don L. Lee, Milford Graves, Oliver Nelson, Sun Ra, Stanley Crouch, Askia Muhammad Touré, Albert Ayler, Willie Kgositsile, Ishmael Reed, and many others.[5]


  1. ^ Daniel Fischlin; Ajay Heble; George Lipsitz (14 June 2013). The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Cocreation. Duke University Press. p. 103. ISBN 0-8223-5478-0. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Aaron Winslow, "Amiri Baraka Interview", The Argotist Online.
  3. ^ "The Cricket". Chimurenga Library. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Daniel Fischlin, Ajay Heble, George Lipsitz, The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Cocreation, Duke University Press, 2013, p. 103.
  5. ^ "0158 The Cricket, [1969]. 56 frames." A Guide to the Microfilm Edition of The Black Power Movement - Part 1: Amiri Baraka from Black Arts to Black Radicalism (John H. Bracey Jr and Sharon Harley, eds).

Further reading[edit]

  • Gennari, John. Blowin' Hot and Cool: Jazz and Its Critics. University of Chicago Press, 2006. p. 287 - 290.
  • Funkhouser, Christopher. "LeRoi Jones, Larry Neal, and the Cricket: Jazz and Poets' Black Fire", African American Review, Vol. 37, 2003.
  • Komozi Woodard Amiri Baraka Collection, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History. Series I: Black Arts Movement, 1961-1998.
  • Poet Amiri Baraka on the freedom movement and Black art, The Gainesville Iguana, January 2007.
  • Thomas, Lorenzo and Nielsen, Aldon Lynn. Don't Deny My Name: Words and Music and the Black Intellectual Tradition. University of Michigan Press, 2008, p. 131.
  • Kalamu ya Salaam. Djali Dialogue with Amiri Baraka, First in a Series of Conversations with Established and Emerging African-American Writers. The Black Collegian Magazine.
  • Smethurst, James. "Pat Your Foot and Turn the Corner: Amiri Baraka, the Black Arts Movement, and the Poetics of a Popular Avant-Garde", African American Review, Vol. 37, 2003.
  • Hanson, Michael. "Suppose James Brown read Fanon: the Black Arts Movement, cultural nationalism and the failure of popular musical praxis", Popular Music. Cambridge University Press, 2008, 27:341-365.

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