Amiri Baraka is an influential American poet, dramatist and music critic. Known for his outspoken political activism, he may be best remembered for his controversial tenure as Poet Laureate of New Jersey. Important writings include Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note (1961) and Blues People: Negro Music in White America (1963), which remains one of the most influential volumes of jazz criticism. Baraka's website is http://www.amiribaraka.com/.
There are three artists that use the name NON: 1) Under the name NON, originally with second member Robert Turman, Boyd Rice has recorded several seminal noise music albums, and collaborated with experimental music/dark folk artists like Current 93, Death in June, Rose McDowall and with Coil as Sickness of Snakes. Most of his music has been released on the Mute Records label. Rice has also collaborated with Foetus, Z'ev, Frank Tovey, Tony Wakeford of Sol Invictus, Douglas P. of Death in June and Michael Moynihan of Blood Axis.
Robot Monk - aka Robert W. Monk - is a London based spoken word artist, intoning poe-try, philosophical ramblings and social (sur)realist diatribes over digital samples and loops since 2007.
Laurie Anderson is an American experimental performance artist, visual artist and musician. Regardless of the medium, a common characteristic of all her work seems to be the act of storytelling. Laura Phillips Anderson was born June 5, 1947, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States. She attended Mills College in California, and eventually graduated from Barnard College magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, studying art history. In 1972, she obtained an MFA in sculpture from Columbia University.
John Waters (born April 22, 1946, Baltimore, Maryland) is an American filmmaker, who became well known in the early 1970s for his intentionally transgressive comedies. Waters grew up in Towson, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore. His boyhood friend and muse Glen Milstead, later known as Divine, also lived in Baltimore County, Maryland, a short distance away. Waters' films would become Divine's primary star vehicle.
Dylan is very ambiguous about details of his life which makes interviews with journalists a hard task. His PR says, "Dylan's shy, he doesn't like talking to journalists".
In one interview he questioned, "Why is there all the fuss about what i'm up to?" Dylan was born in 1971 in County Meath, Navan, Ireland. He left school at 16 with no qualifications and apparently spent 4 jobless years 'drinking and writing bad poetry'. He once worked as a florist for a week but hated it. He is not very tall.
Ed Byrne (born 10 April 1972 in Swords, Dublin) is a Perrier Award-nominated, Irish stand up comedian and voice over artist. He has presented television shows Uncut! Best Unseen Ads and Just For Laughs, and is a regular guest on various television panel games. He is an Edinburgh Fringe favourite and has performed six sell-out shows at the Festival, not to mention three sell-out tours across the UK.