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Music Text

Saul Williams from his book 'the dead emcee scrolls' (E)

Abbreviations (PDF)


Boosey & Hawkes / Bote & Bock

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

World Premiere
Tonhalle, Kleiner Saal, Zürich
Saul Williams, voice / Arditti Quartet
Composer's Notes
Programme Note

In the underground labyrinths of New York City’s subway system, beneath the third rail of a long forgotten line,
Saul Williams discovered scrolls of aged yellowish-brown paper rolled tightly into a can of spray paint. His quest
to decipher this mystical ancient text resulted in a primal understanding of the power hip-hop has to teach us
about ourselves and the universe around us.

I have paraded as a poet for years now. In the process of parading I may actually become one, but that's another
story, another book. This book is a book that I have been waiting to finish since 1995. This is the book that finished
me. The story I am about to tell may sound fantastic. It may anger some of you who have followed my work.
You may feel that you have come to know me over the years, and in some cases you have, but others... well,
this is a confession.

© Saul Williams – www.saulwilliams.com

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