Roderick Williams is an English Operatic Baritone.

In the following clip, Williams sings the poem “The Chimney Sweeper” by William Blake as a part of the album titled, “Britten: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake- Tit for Tat.”

The Chimney Sweeper, by Roderick Williams


Allen Ginsberg

Was an American poet and leader of the Beat Generation.

While reading Blake’s work, Ginsberg claims to have had an auditory hallucination during which he heard Blake’s voice and realized the interconnectedness of the universe. The following is a clip of Allen Ginsberg’s rendition of the Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake.

Allen Ginsberg, Songs of Innocence and Experience



Mary Poppins (1964)

The film Mary Poppins portrays an idealized version of a chimney sweep’s life in London during the 18th and 19th centuries. The following is a version of the song “Chim Chim Cheree,” and provides a stark contrast to the realities of life versus the “Disney fairytale” version.

“Chim Chim Cheree,” Mary Poppins (1964)