Saturday, May 28, 2011

Remembering Gil Scott-Heron

Poet and singer Gil Scott-Heron, who died at 62 yesterday, gave voice to black political protest starting in the 1970s and became known as “the godfather of rap.” Scott-Heron, however, wasn’t a rap fan and preferred to call himself a “bluesologist,” in line with the blues, jazz and the Harlem Renaissance literary movement of the early 20th century. His most famous work, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” lampooned commercial culture and those it manipulates as much as it made a revolutionary statement. This second version was recorded with a jazz band, including bassist Ron Carter:

In the following performance of “Winter In America,” Scott-Heron looked at a confused, broken nation that doesn’t know what to say or where to turn:


Michael The Molar Maven said...

I've played "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" on St. James Infirmary in the past. I will play both of these tracks this Friday. Did you know that, songwriter, Jimmy Webb took offense to GSH's reference in "Revolution"?

Jeff Tone said...

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