Roy McBride spoken word performer poet visual artist visionary master improviser teacher and musician was a fixture on the Minneapolis arts scene for thirty years. A mentor and inspiration to many young African American poets he expressed his passion for humanity his anger at social injustice and his playful appreciation of urban life in a variety of ways anticipating the coming era of poetry slams hip-hop and performance art. Here the best of his literary works are gathered together for the first time accompanied by a selection of Roy's drawings and a 30-minute DVD by Mike Hazard that captures the flavor of his inimitable street performances.
Roy McBride was born in Magnolia Arkansas and largely raised in Muskegon Michigan. He spent much of his later life in Minneapolis where he made his presence known as a poet teacher and musician. He used to say "My mother raised me with the Bible and my uncles taught me the blues " and these fields of reference form the underpinning for a body of work touching upon a wide array of themes both personal and political.
Roy died in July 29 2011 from complications of atherosclerosis. Hundreds of people attended a memorial at Heart of the Beast's performance hall to share their love for him and honor his memory. As musician Willy Murphy put it: "Roy McBride was the real thing: a real poet wide open. With soul compassion melancholy laughter. A goggle-eyed witness with a breaking heart. Feeling it all. Telling it all for all of us."
As musician Willy Murphy put it: "Roy McBride was the real thing: a real poet wide open. With soul compassion melancholy laughter. A goggle-eyed witness with a breaking heart. Feeling it all. Telling it all for all of us."