Spoken Word/Poetry by Luis J. Rodriguez; Music Composed and Produced by Ernie Perez; music performed by Seven Rabbit.
"One of the greatest, if not the greatest, album of poetry ever recorded."--Dave Marsh, editor "Rock and Rap Confidential.
Dos Manos Records is proud to present Luis J. Rodriguez--one of the country's leading Chicano poets--in his first CD of poems and music. In collaboration with Cha Cha Rose/Rock A Mole Music producer Ernie Perez, "My Name's Not Rodriguez" is a synthesis of 1970s Urban Funk/Chicano rock-like beats in the spirit of today's performance poetry movement.
A highly acclaimed poet, Luis Rodriguez has published over a span of 16 years four acclaimed poetry collections: "Poems Across the Pavement" (1989 Tia Chucha Press), "The Concrete River" (1991 Curbstone Press), "Trochemoche" (1998 Curbstone Press), and "My Nature is Hunger: New & Selected Poems" (2005 Curbstone Press). His poems have also been featured in "In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry" (1996 Rhino/Word Beat Records) and in anthologies such as "Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam," edited by Tony Medina and Louis Reyes Rivera (2001 Three Rivers Press) and "The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry," edited by Alan Kaufman (1999 Thunder's Mouth Press).
In addition, Luis's poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Nation, Los Angeles Times, Bloomsbury Review, Poetry Flash, TriQuarterly, and other publications. He has received fellowships, residencies and awards from the California Arts Council, the Illinois Arts Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, the National Association of Poetry Therapy, the Lannan Foundation, the Lila Wallace-Readers' Digest Fund, and many more. For 25 years, he has read his work and conducted workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Puerto Rico, and Europe--including in prisons, juvenile facilities, homeless shelters, universities, conferences, bars, cafes, migrant camps, libraries, public and private school, and on various TV and radio broadcasts.
A prolific multi-genre writer, Luis also has two illustrated children's books, a memoir, a nonfiction book, a short story collection, and a novel. He is best known for the true-life account of LA gang life, "Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A." (1994 Simon & Schuster/Touchstone Books) which has sold more than 250,000 copies and is an international bestseller.
Ernie Perez is a songwriter and lead singer for the Boxing Gandhis. He is also cofounder of Rock A Mole Productions--which produces CDs, films, and music & art festivals--and House of the Common Thread, a youth ministry in South Central Los Angeles. Seven Rabbit is a band made up of local studio musicians organized by Ernie Perez.
Luis Rodriguez and Seven Rabbit promise to rock your world--with a poetic twist.