Amethyst Rock Star" coming 10.23.01
a timeline of Saul Williams to date.....
february 27, 1972
saul's mom, juanita sealy-williams, goes to see james brown at the palace theater in albany ny. she is rushed from the concert to albany memorial hospital.
february 29, 1972
saul stacey williams is born. his birth stone is amethyst. (leap year)
saul's oldest sister, juliette, encourages him to spend his allowance to purchase the sugar hill gang's "rapper's delight" and spoonie gee's "spoonin' rap".
saul hears def jam's first single, t la rock's "it's yours", and decides that he wants to be an emcee. he takes his first style of rhyming from t la rock, which in saul's 9 year old mind means using big words in his raps..."comentating, illustrating, description giving...."
saul purchases 3 blank certron tapes and with the help of a local drummer friend and the music teacher?s permission he
records his first demo with a flat tape recorder in the band room of his junior high school. saul sends it to the address on the back of his ll cool j album. the
envelope is addressed to rick rubin and russell simmons. they do not respond.
the effect of rakim, bdp, public enemy, and big daddy kane on saul, who has become the local rap star of lunch table battle fame, is tremendous. the bragging
styles of run and ll are replaced with hard core, philosophical styles. rakim is his new favorite. these are the first hip hop albums that he is able to play to the consenting nod of his parents. hip hop becomes the language of black youth rebellion and consciousness. saul is able to incorporate all of his parents sociopolitical/racial ideas into his rhymes and still be cool. he also wins a local talent show battling three emcees for the title. the one in the wheel chair tries to jump him.
saul is an exchange student to brazil. he learns portuguese by translating public enemy, the jungle brothers and sade into the language. he begins writing a hip hop opera. his family sends him tapes of the cosby show and yo mtv raps to keep him current.
saul returns to ny. he is greeted by his cousin, duce, who plays him public enemy's, fight the power, as they drive from the airport. this is the first hip hop
song to make saul cry. spike lee's "do the right thing" is in theaters. de la soul, kwame, special ed, hammer.... hip hop is forever changed. saul cannot believe all that has happened while he traveled.
saul begins school at morehouse college in atlanta, georgia. he majors in drama and philosophy.
saul begins theory that hip hop is dopest on leap years.
saul and friends decide to start a magazine called red clay. saul creates a section called, "huh?", where he writes
poetry and essays about socio/political concerns. saul also writes his first play, "yellow for red", taken from an organized confusion lyric. the play is about the
effects of misogyny in hip hop on a black brother and sister relationship.
saul graduates from morehouse.
saul's graduation gift is to spend a month in west africa with his mom who has been an exchange teacher in the gambia for the past year. saul decides to keep a
journal for the first time and documents his travels and thoughts. he listens to nas while traveling through the senegambia by train and it blows his mind. he goes
to a hip hop club in bamako, mali.
saul begins his graduate studies at nyu's graduate acting program.
saul attends his first poetry reading at a restaurant in manhattan and discovers that this is where all the amazing lyricists have gone (for they are surely not on the radio).
march 16, 1995
saul reads first poem, "amethyst rocks", at the brooklyn moon cafe for the first time and books several gigs as "a poet"
saul opens for the last poets, the roots, gil scott heron, amiri baraka,the fugees and krs one at "rock against racism" and is fully initiated into ny's
poetry/underground hip hop scene. saul also begins to participate with lyricists lounge.
saul makes first recording, "twice the first time", on mercury compilation, eargasms.
saul's daughter, saturn river renge, is born. saul wins the highly coveted nuyorican poet's cafe grand slam
championship. paul devlin begins shooting of documentary, slamnation, which follows saul and ny poetry teammates to the national poetry
competition in portland oregon.
saul's poetry is excerpted on the cover of the sunday new york times in an article about the growing popularity of ny's poetry scene.
saul begins third year in nyu's grad acting program. saul is asked to collaborate as writer and actor in a film, slam, by director marc levin.
saul records, "ohm", for lyricist's lounge, volume one.
saul graduate's from nyu's grad acting program
saul shoot's slam in washington, dc jail.
slam wins the grand jury prize at the sundance film festival
the seventh octave, saul's first book of poetry is published by moore black press. saul begin's his first u.s. college tour reciting poetry.
slam is awarded the camera d'or, the audience award for "best picture", and the distributors award for "best picture" at the Cannes film festival.
travels to 8 european film festivals
promoting slam and reciting poetry.
saul pen's book deal with mtv/pocketbooks
saul pen's recording deal with american recordings
tours u.s. colleges in slam sponsored poetry tour
slam is released in theatres
begins recording demos for amethyst rock star
saul performs at over thirty u.s. colleges reciting poetry and conducting poetry and hip hop workshops.
she, saul's second book of poetry is released along with mtv commercial that features saul reciting his work. saul begins a ten city tour promoting the book.
saul begins work on dutch financed indie film, king of la
amethyst rock star is recorded at the cutting room, nyc
saul's seventh birthday celebration at bowery ballroom. he debuts songs from amethyst rock star and collaborates with roni size and krust.
saul does major u.s. college tour from black history month thru poetry month (april). receptions are held for saul at both harvard and morehouse, his alma mater.
saul flies to holland to compose and record soundtrack and score of king of la.
saul's son, xuly azaro, is born.
saul does first 15 date tour with his band, debuting songs from amethyst rock star.
saul and band perform at transmusical festival in rennes, france and gains favored media attention when voted "best
performance of the year" by french media.
amethyst rock star is released in france
begins shooting k-pax. (universal
saul does 10 city french college tour reciting poetry and discussing the connection of spoken word to hip hop.
saul and band do first major european tour. 14 dates- 7countries.
the tour is contnued thru 6 u.s cities and 2 canadian.
june- july 2001
saul and band begin touring european festivals in 8 countries, including montreux jazz, rockskilde, and eurokeenes.
august 13, 2001
amethyst rock star is released in u.k.
amethyst rock star is released in the u.s.