Letter from Shawforth: Gil Scott-Heron (born April1, 1949 — May 27, 2011)

Posted: June 1, 2011 in Life's Experiences, Music, Opinions, Society, Uncategorized
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Gil Scott-Heron 1949-2011

Introduced to the music and poems of the American musician Gil Scott-Heron by a good friend of mine late last year, I do not profess to being an expert on him or his material. What I do know is that the more I listen to him, the more I come to respect his work. Following Scott-Heron’s death, a most informative piece of work by Pierre Peron appeared in the “Independent“.

My personal favourites are “Whitey’s on the Moon“: a politically powerful piece of poetry, drawing up on the frustration of seeing advancements in technology put before the improvement in welfare. A subject that is as pertinent now as was then.”The Bottle” (1974) is a reminder that alcohol is a non-discriminative evil, affecting all echelons of society. However, Scott-Heron is probably most associated with a piece entitled, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised“. This piece of work is identified with the emergence of hip hop and rap music.

If you have not experienced the work of Gil Scott-Heron I would recommend giving it a listen to; you just never know, you might enjoy it.

R.I.P Gil Scott-Heron


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