John S. Hall

Poet + Author + Singer + Lawyer

John S. Hall is an American poet, author, singer and lawyer perhaps best known for his work with King Missile, an avant-garde band that he co-founded in 1986 and has since led in various disparate incarnations.

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    Funding Grassroots Social Change In East Africa
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    Your Unique Amalgam: On The Fluidity Of Geekhood
    Huffington Post - Jul 18, 2014
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    Huffington Post - Apr 08, 2013
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of John S. Hall.


1960 Birth Born on September 2, 1960.


1978 17 Years Old In 1978 he graduated from Stuyvesant High School. … Read More


1985 24 Years Old In 1985, Hall began presenting his work at open mic poetry readings. … Read More


1996 35 Years Old In 1996, Hall released a "solo album," The Body Has a Head, on the German label Manifatture Criminali. … Read More
1997 36 Years Old Hall has released two books, both on Soft Skull Press. The first, 1997's Jesus Was Way Cool, is a collection of 40 poems recorded on King Missile and Hall solo albums, plus a never-recorded poem, "Hope." … Read More
1998 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1998, the new lineup released its "debut" album, Failure, on Shimmy Disc. … Read More


2003 42 Years Old In a 2003 missive to his electronic mailing list, Hall explained how he chose his stage name:My stage name is John S. Hall, my original born name is John Charles Hall, but my friends, enemies, and stalkers call me John Hall. … Read More
2004 43 Years Old …  He campaigned for Democratic candidate John Kerry in the United States presidential election of 2004. … Read More
2005 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Hall has long been a vocal opponent of slam poetry, taking issue with such factors as its inherently competitive nature and what he considers its lack of stylistic diversity. In a 2005 interview by Aptowicz, he recalled seeing his first slam, at the Nuyorican Poets CafĂ©: I hated it. … Read More
2006 45 Years Old Hall later left the firm to go into solo practice until 2006, when he took a position as a corporate analyst at a law firm.
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