Category Archives: KEXP Documentaries

KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge” - Melvins

One of the first bands to take the sludgy, dark sounds of heavy metal and punk and slow them down to create a guitar style that is the trademark of grunge was Melvins.  Originally from the small town of Montesano, Washington, they took the band name from an unpopular dude who worked with some ofRead more...

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KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge” - Green River

Our new KEXP Documentary series “Grunge” is produced in collaboration with Experience Music Project and their “Nirvana” exhibit which opens this week. In the early 80s, one of the first bands to combine guitar sounds from heavy metal with the energy and onstage fury of punk rock was Green River.   Growing out of the punkRead more...

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KEXP Documentaries: Poets and Music - Ken Nordine

There is no voice like Ken Nordine’s. We finished up our KEXP Documentary series “Poets and Music” with a profile of the great word artist. You may not know his name, but you know his voice. He’s been all over radio and tv since 1938. Doing big campaigns like Tasters Choice, Levis and tons ofRead more...

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KEXP Documentaries: Poets and Music - Gil Scott-Heron

The first time I really listened to Gil Scott-Heron was late at night while tuned in to DJ Riz on KEXP.  Riz played “Work for Peace.”  The lyrics articulated things I felt, but didn’t know how to say.  With all the intelligence oozing from this song, there was also a warmth, a sameness to theRead more...

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KEXP Documentaries: Poets and Music - Patti Smith

Patti Smith’s 1975 album “Horses” is arguably one of the best debut albums of all time.  It also sparked the career of a poet and rock star that has lasted over four decades.  “Our real battle cry was not to save rock and roll, but to inspire people to save it.” Patti says.  “Inspire peopleRead more...

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KEXP Documentaries: “Poets and Music” - Steven Jesse Bernstein

Greetings KEXP Listeners. Michele Myers here, producer of KEXP Documentaries. Our series “Poets and Music” continues this week with an episode on Seattle-based poet Steven Jesse Bernstein.  Born in 1950, Steven Jesse Bernstein struggled with mental illness and drug addiction all through his life, though he was sober through most of the 80′s, the decadeRead more...

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KEXP Documentaries: “Poets and Music” - Tom Waits

Greetings, Michele Myers here, producer of KEXP Documentaries. Our current series, “Poets & Music” explores the interplay between the beat and the word with profiles on poets who record with music like William S Burroughs, Saul Williams, Gil Scott-Heron,  Jack Kerouac, Patti Smith, Ursula Rucker and Ken Nordine. And today we focus in on TomRead more...

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KEXP Documentaries: “Poets and Music” - Saul Williams

Our current KEXP Documentary series is Poets & Music, with profiles on writers who record verse with musical collaborators.  Saul Williams wrote his first poem and read it in 1995 at a place called the Brooklyn Moon Cafe.   This poem “Amethyst Rocks” was so impressive that immediately after he read he got offers to openRead more...

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KEXP Documentaries: “Poets & Music”- Ursula Rucker

In our current KEXP Documentary series, “Poets & Music,” we explore the interplay between the beat and the word, and feature some of the many poets who record with music, like William S. Burroughs, Saul Williams, Patti Smith, Gil Scott-Heron and more.  Ursula Rucker is a writer from Philadelphia whose poetry has been backed byRead more...

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KEXP Documentaries: “Poets and Music” - Jim Carroll

Poet Jim Carroll wrote his best-known work, The Basketball Diaries, when he was only 12 years old.  He was the type of writer who didn’t hold back anything about himself.  And The Basketball Diaries tells the true brutal story of drug addiction and life on the streets for a teenager in New York City.  ButRead more...

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