San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Starting the Debate at the Letter A: The Essential Fundamentalism
Doors at 19.00, 19:30 start.
As well as a successful recording career, Labi Siffre has written three books of poetry and a one act play. The writers forum describe him as a “potent poet”.
Note to the audience: This is a lecture and Mr Siffre will not be singing or performing at this event.
Richard Price Memorial Lecture
The Richard Price Memorial Lecture is named for the 18th century minister of who served the dissenting community in Newington Green. Price supported democracy over the rights of the monarchy in the American and French revolutions. He inspired a young Mary Wollstonecraft to her revolutionary stance for women's rights.
Previous Richard Price Memorial Lecturers have included:
- Karen Armstrong
- Will Self
- Terry Eagleton
- Susie Orbach
- Owen Jones
- Evan Davis
The lecture proceeds will benefit New Unity.
New Unity, the congregation Richard Price served in the 18th century and the church of the Mother of Feminism,
Mary Wollstonecraft. New Unity is a vital, atheist-friendly congregation that lives by the motto 'Believe in Good'.
About Labi Siffre: Songwriter, Singer, Musician, Poet
Chart hits with “It Must Be Love” (later a hit for Madness), “Crying Laughing Loving Lying”, “Watch Me” & “Something Inside So Strong”.
Eminem’s “My Name Is”, Dr Dre’s “Streets Is Watching”, Wu Tang Clan’s “Can It All Be So Simple” & Miguel’s “Kaleidoscope Dream" all sample Siffre’s song “I Got The”. Kanye West’s “I Wonder” samples Siffre’s “My Song”.
So far, Labi has recorded seven albums, written three books of poetry, “Nigger”, “Blood On The Page” & “Monument” & a one act play, “Deathwrite” was both staged & televised - “a master of intonation, stress, emphasis & timing - a potent poet” … Writers Forum.
London born, Labi decided, aged 13, to be a jazz singer. At 16 he began teaching himself blues guitar -“I was Jimmy Reed for two years” - then jazz guitar - “I was a very substandard Wes Montgomery”. Age 18 he wrote his first songs & followed “The Kinks” Ray Davisas the guitarist with “Hamilton King’s Blues Messengers”. Mid 1960’s, he held a nine month residency in an organ, drums & guitar trio at “Annie’s Room”, a London jazz club hosted by the singer Annie Ross. He later fronted his own trio, “Safari”, then dissolved the band, swapped his electric guitar for an acoustic and spent several months gigging in Amsterdam where he discovered he could hold an audience solo with his own songs. In 1969 he answered a call to return to the UK where he signed his first record & publishing deals. His first album, “Labi Siffre”, was released in 1970.
In concerts, Siffre supported “The Supremes”, “Chicago” & “The Carpenters” & headlined nationally & internationally until, in January 1999, he withdrew from the music business to be, for the next 14 years, the full time carer to his ailing partner. After 48 years together Labi’s partner died in February 2013.
In November 2015 after national radio & TV appearances Siffre, with his band, gave an enthusiastically received performance of new & older songs in his show “From Pause To Play >”™ at The Leicester Square Theatre London (his first concert in sixteen years). And now, the Ferocious years.
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