Images and Homages, Eugene Redmond

Images and Homages, Eugene Redmond


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Here is a poet and cultural historian [dedicated] to documenting the

rhythms of artistic  production and activism. Images & Homages

gives us a glimpse at Redmond’s ongoing efforts

to lyrically and visually transcribe the sagas of drumvoices.



Books by Eugene Redmond

Sides of the River (1969)  /  Sentry of the Four Golden Pillars (1970) / River of Bones and Flesh and Blood (1971) / Songs from an Afro/Phone (1972)

 In a Time of Rain & Desire (1973) / Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas (2003) / Drumvoices

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Images & Homages:


From the Eugene B. Redmond Collection

 Edited by Howard Rambsy II


“Listen closely to horn licks on James Brown’s “Cold Sweat,” [and] you’ll hear the spirit of Miles Davis. daah-da! … Alfred Ellis on sax invoking, or better yet, invocating that famous “so what” phrasing from . . . Davis’ Kind of Blue album. For now, think of the Eugene B.Redmond Collection [as] a ritual of rhythmic invocations full of spirits past and present. Redmond has taken more than one hundred  thousand photographs and collected an equivalent number of cultural artifacts such as volumes of poetry, posters, statues, rare albums, and paintings. … What distinguishes this collection is rhythm and movement, the refusal of his images to sit still. … [A] sustained commitment to charting the activities of artists, intellectuals, and activists constitutes the other defining feature, and [is Redmond’s] lifelong work.

Here is a poet and cultural historian [dedicated] to documenting the rhythms of artistic production and activism.

Images & Homages gives us a glimpse at Redmond’s ongoing efforts to lyrically and visually transcribe the sagas of drumvoices.” Containing 80 pages of stunning photos, visual memorabilia, poetic (“kwansaba”) sketches, and captions, this book photos of Maya Angelou, Jabari Asim, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Harry Belafonte, Avery Brooks, Stokley Carmichael, Marie A. Celestin, Natalie Cole, Jayne Cortez,  Roscoe Crenshaw, Stanley Crouch, Harold Cruse, Edwidge Danticat, Miles Davis, Ossie Davis, Leon Damas (with Bernice Reagon), Henry Dumas, Katherine Dunham, Ralph Ellison (with Leon Forrest), Mari Evans (with Gwendolyn Brooks), Sherman L. Fowler, Nikki Giovanni, Danny Glover (with Toni Morrison & Susan Taylor), Herbie Hancock, Eugene Haynes, Calvin Hernton, John Lee Hooker . . .

Hudlin Brothers, Ahmad Jamal, Percy James, Maulana Ron Karenga, Spike Lee, Shirley LeFlore, Charlois Lumpkin, K. Curtis Lyle, Haki Madhubuti (with William Keorapetse Kgositsile & Alice Walker), Jose Montoya, Queen Mother Moore, Walter Mosley,  Odetta, Euzhan Palcy, Gordon Parks, Darlene Roy, Sonia Sanchez, Bobby Seale, Ousmene Sembene, Betty Shabazz (with Angela Davis), Wayne Shorter, Nina Simone, Clark Terry, Askia Muhammad Toure, Clyde Taylor, Eleanor Traylor, Quincy Troupe, Evon Udoh, August  Wilson, Oprah Winfrey (with Coretta Scott King), & scores of  others . . .

To obtain your copy of Images & Homages

(ISBN 978-1-880748-63-3)

please fill out the form below and send check or money order for $15.00 (plus $2 shipping and handling) per book to Editor, Drumvoices Revue, Department of English, Box 1431, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1431. Tel: (618) 650-3991 E-mail:

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Images & Homages (ISBN 1-880748-61-9) is part of the Drumvoices Revue Supplement Series of catalogs, monographs, chapbooks, pamphlets, and special-focus projects published since 1991 by the English Department of SIUE and the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club (P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62201).

Telephone: 618 650-3991; Fax: 618 650-3509; Email:; Website: www.siue/ENGLISH/dvr/.

Kwansabas for Maya Angelou & Quincy Troupe’. Plus . . . Interviews with Angelou, Troupe & Michael Datcher

posted 27 January 2008

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Eighty Moods of Maya  / Images and Homages: “Memwars” 

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update 2 June 2012




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