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Linton Kwesi Johnson, Rico Rodriguez: Marquee, London

Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, 16 June 1979

EVERY REFERENCE to cops getting hurt elicited cheers of approval from a largely white audience on Sunday. Is that the kind of solidarity that back-and-proud roots poet Linton Kwesi Johnson is looking for? I doubt it, and that's probably why he looked so unhappy and uncomfortable during most of his brief set.

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