• United States of America
  • November 27, 1989

MTV Unplugged

Spoken Word I

Season 4 Episode 11

MTV presents the first ever ""Spoken Word"" edition of ""MTV Unplugged."" The program showcased the work of some of the hottest spoken word artists who performed their own work in an intimate coffee house setting. Also featured in this program was a performance by the master of the spoken word himself: Henry Rollins: Following was the artist line-up: 99 (""Burns""), Maggie Estep (""The Stupid Jerk I'm Obsessed With""), Barry Yourgrau (""Helium""), Reg E. Gaines (""Please Don't Take My Air Jordans""), Reg E. Gaines/Maggie Estep duet (""Using Me For Sex""), Bob Holman (""Welcome To The United State Of Poetry""), Edwin Torres (""Peesacho""), and Henry Rollins (""Ode To MTV Unplugged""). An excerpt from the MTV Unplugged book... ""This was one of our proudest moments. The spoken word show, the brainchild of co-creator Robert Small, was, at its purest, the embodiment of what we had always wanted to accomplish with Unplugged. It spoke to the audience on the most basic level. It was also a challenge in terms of p

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