Gil Scott-Heron – Revolution Will Not Be Televised

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We’ve lost Gil Scott-Heron, one of the most prophetic voices in African-American culture.  Some called him the Godfather of rap… I called him an extraordinary force in American poetry.

The day Scott-Heron died, my Father and I were discussing some of his favorite artists and genres.  When we started talking about the protest music of the 60’s, Gill Scott-Heron and The Last Poets were two of the acts he mentioned.  He talked about the importance and influence of Scott-Heron’s album, Winter in America.  We learned of Scott-Heron’s passing a few hours later.

Gil Scott-Heron’s words were strong, dynamic presentations describing the condition of blackness in America.  While so many threw the word revolution around loosely, Scott-Heron described the darkness of revolt and reminded the masses that there is nothing easy about revolution; it is an ugly, yet often necessary course of action.

Like so many Revolutionaries of his time, Scott-Heron battled addiction for most of his life.  I suppose that when one is worn from trying to forge new reality in the real world, some choose to escape by “creating new reality” in their own world.  One fist in the air, for Brother Gil Scott-Heron.


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