VIDEOLAND: Jessica Hagedorn and the West Coast Gangster Choir, 1975, “Canto Negro” – The Poetry Center

Children of the jungle, shake, shake!

A clip from a video near and dear to my heart has resurfaced! Although I keep my bootleg copy close to my heart, the Poetry Center at SFSU has graciously uploaded part of a juicy and clean copy of Jessica Hagedorn and the West Coast Gangster Choir performing her poem/song “canto negro.” Poetry Center calls it “Dancing” but that’s not the poem! Anyway, the sound quality is so crisp it makes me want to cry. Plus, after doing a bit more digging I see that the entire video is available to watch! I will always love my crunchy copy, but wow.

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