Gil Scott-Heron was an American poet and musician. He was a spoken word artist whose work was parallel with the “Black Power” movement during the 1970′s and 80′s. His most famous work was his spoken word piece The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
Gil Scott-Heron died in New York this afternoon according to his publisher. 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 been sampled numerous times in Hip-Hop and become synonymous with pop culture.
R.I.P Gil Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 — May 27, 2011)
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