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In Memorial Of… Gil Scott Heron

In Memorial Of… Gil Scott Heron

R.I.P. to a legend and an inspiration to us all

Gil Scott-Heron died Friday afternoon in New York, his book publisher reported. He was 62. The influential poet and musician is often credited with being one of the progenitors of hip-hop, and is best known for the spoken-word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”

Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Scott-Heron was born in Chicago in 1949. He spent his early years in Jackson, Tenn., attended high school in The Bronx, and spent time at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University before settling in Manhattan. His recording career began in 1970 with the album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, which featured the first version of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” The track has since been referenced and parodied extensively in pop culture.

Gil Scott-Heron – Johannesburg

Gil Scott Heron – Home Is Where The Hatred Is

Gil Scott Heron – Its Your World.mp3

Scott-Heron continued to record through the 1970s and early ’80s, before taking a lengthy hiatus. He briefly returned to the studio for 1994’s Spirits. That album featured the track “Message to the Messengers,” in which Scott-Heron cautions the hip-hop generation that arose in his absence to use its newfound power responsibly. He has been cited as a key influence by many in the hip-hop community — such as rapper-producer Kanye West, who closed his platinum-selling 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with a track built around a sample of Scott-Heron’s voice.

Gil Scott Heron – Comment No. 1

Gil Scott Heron – The Bottle

Scott-Heron struggled publicly with substance abuse in the 2000s, and spent the early part of the decade in and out of jail on drug possession charges. He began performing again after his release in 2007, and in 2010 released a new album, I’m New Here, to widespread critical acclaim.

Gil Scott Heron – Whitey On The Moon

Gil Scott Heron – I Think I’ll Call It Morning


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  1. May 28th, 2011 14:31

    Awesome post. Really Cool.


  2. May 28th, 2011 12:15

    One of Gil Scott Heron’s classmates commented here–>…


  3. Bill Horwitz
    May 28th, 2011 10:14

    Gilbert and I were in a high school band together. He was a wonderful guy and he had an enormous impact on American music. If anyone knows of the funeral or memorial arrangements, I would appreciate if they could post it here. Thanks. – BH


  4. May 28th, 2011 8:36

    In Memorial Of…Gil Scott Heron


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