The Rap Canterbury Tales by Baba BrinkmanThe Rap Canterbury Tales by Baba Brinkman

The Rap Canterbury Tales

byBaba BrinkmanIllustratorErik Brinkman

Paperback | September 1, 2006

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The ambition that inspired rapper and MC Baba Brinkman to transpose his performance piece "The Rap Canterbury Tales" to the printed page was his desire to resurrect Chaucer's brilliant stories from their vellum mausoleum into visible and audible contemporary forms that would once again delight and edify both live listening audiences and readers-a rebirth of what poetry should be in its essence, and once was. Since Chaucer has become an unassailable icon of print culture, and hip-hop is an unassailable icon of contemporary digital cool, he saw this radical new fusion of content and style as the perfect medium to deliver Chaucer's astonishingly timeless message to a younger generation growing indifferent to the delights of "archaic" literary forms.This fusion has produced, with both texts reproduced here on facing pages, one of the most exciting and extraordinarily fertile literary documentsof our age.The raps are presented here-along with Chaucer's original Middle English, Brinkman's explanatory introductions, and his brother and stage manager Erik's illustrations-as the best possible way of telling the story of how these stories came about, and what they were meant to do.A hugely successful hit at the Edinburgh Festival, Brinkman has worked with the London and Cambridge school systems, rekindling an interest among both performance-poetry fans and students in the work of "the father of the English language."
Baba Brinkman Brinkman started rapping in 1998 at the age of nineteen, and he brings a rare literary aesthetic to his rap-poetry. Since graduating he has produced and distributed two full-length albums independently, Swordplay and The Rap Canterbury Tales. Erik Brinkman grew up in Vancouver and honed his craft as a graffit...
Title:The Rap Canterbury TalesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:September 1, 2006Publisher:Talon Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889225486

ISBN - 13:9780889225480

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! I'm a huge fan of Chaucer, and was worried that this book would ruin the retelling of his tales, but they don't. They keep to the same tone and attitude that Chaucer's Canterbury Tales have - fun, upbeat, and funny. Brinkan's retelling is genius. After buying the book for a presentation in an English class, I quickly went out and bought the CD.
Date published: 2008-01-12

Editorial Reviews

“[‘The Rap Canterbury Tales’] could hold its own in both the rapping world and the theatre world.”—The Scotsman (Edinburgh)“[A] tour de force … ”—San Francisco Weekly“Homey Brinkman has hit a seam of pure creative gold: Hip-hop sparksinto new life as Lit-hop, and Chaucer to an entirely new, entirely ‘right’existence as hip-hop. Brinkman’s mercurial, exhilarating poetic gameopens new worlds, by quick turns very funny and seriously gripping.”—Professor James Simpson, Harvard University