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Jimmy Brown (UB40, Drummer) with his copy of UB40 (A Legal Drug) by Tanya Kennedy
"Another great piece from the people's poet Jason Disley. A classic collection of poems make this book a must for everyone interested in modern verse. It's diversity represents an anthology for the past year. I would recommend this to anyone who is into the scene....5 star Read"
"Digging into A Fan’s Eye View. Big fan of UB40 and had most of the early records and saw them live. Even went to Jamica a couple of times, I was only 18 at the time and it was the end of the 70’s, pretty hair raising stuff, your experience’s brought it back home. Look forward to the next volume sometime. Cool stuff"
"Lou and me raise the hat you see there to Andy, Jason & Tanya of course. Their book UB40 (A legal drug) has sold out, with all funds going to St Margaret's Hospice in Taunton.
A fantastic effort and I hear there will be a second run due to demand for the book, so that aren't done yet.
"Arrived today and looking forward to diving in,thanks to Jason Disley and massive kudos to Tanya & Andy Kennedy"
Here's a lovely review about UB40 (A Legal Drug) by Tanya Kennedy
"What a wonderful honest read ♥️"
"Jason Disley’s latest book on Beatnpress is a pocket sized collection of modernist beat poetry entitled Pop Versus Subterranean, with an introduction from poet and artist Becky Nuttall. As Jason explains on his website, the underlying ethos of the collection is the relationship between popular and underground culture, that what is underground today could be popular tomorrow.
But it’s scope is so much wider than that. I’ve been delving into the book a lot over the last few days. The thirty poems here draw you in with their rhythms, take you on a journey with their imagery that conjure up a vision of modern living – pre covid and beyond – mixed with beat literary themes and references. There’s Pop art, jazz, culture, society and suburbia, with an underpinning of social conscience and morality – from the excesses of over-privilege, through Black Lives Matter and revolutions of the past, to reference to Les Zazous of forties Paris. Along with much more.
These are subjective descriptions of Pop art sensibility with, like the very best beat poetry, a turn of phrase, a shared viewpoint into the madness out there. There are those wonderful moments when experiences cross, when you know that you see the world the same way. “A dented tin on a shelf”, “raindrops pooling in my mind”, “peacocks leaving a trail of hypnotic eyes” are a few such instances. They are phrases that conjure up images, ones you won’t quickly forget.
The opening description dedicates the book to “those who are creative. The bohemians, the artists, the mavericks. The go getters and the dreamers. The stylish and the cool.” I would exhort any of the above to get a copy of Pop Versus Subterranean. It is an inspired collection. Rob Massey
"Yay! My Jason Disley collection is complete again with the arrival of his latest collection of poems; POP VERSUS SUBTERRANEAN.
Now, cards on table here, I am a long-time fan of JD’s clever word play and the dynamic rhythm and cadence of those words, and I’m pleased to say that, once again, PVS doesn’t disappoint.
think what I enjoy most is the honesty of the prose. There is the odd poem that I dont think works in its entirety but I’m won over by the fact that JD includes it in his collections... naturally I then turn a page and BOOM! there it is! The killer line or couplet, that stops me in my tracks.
PVS covers 30 poems in its 120 pages of varying length and styles (although JD is instantly recognisable in its rhythmic flow). The imagery, as ever, is strong; the ‘hypnotic teardrop eyes of Peacocks’, ‘treadmills of existence’, ‘liquid streets’ and ‘singing Moonlight’ all dance through the myriad lines.
Again, there is a spiritual keening throughout, in what is (has been especially in the last 12 months) a difficult and concerning time for all. Whilst this collection is called Pop Versus Subterranean, I see often (in the verse) these two sides of the coin are fighting to the same end in the chase to the light at the end of the tunnel." Jason Brummell