Friday, April 2, 2010
Born in Chicago, 1949, Gil Scott-Heron's parents divorced and he was sent to live with his grandmother in Tennessee. Soon racial tensions at school caused him to move back with his mother who had moved to the Bronx and later to the Chelsea neighborhood.
By the age of 13 he had already written a book of poetry and later wrote a novel entitled "The Vulture" after leaving college.
He released his first album 'New Black Poet: Small Talk at 125th and Lennox' in 1970. It contained the spoken word song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" - a response to the Governments interference with the media at the time. (My how things have changed!)
Gil followed it the next year with "Pieces of Man" featuring John Coltrane and Lady Day and a more toned down political slant.
Gil's spoken word pieces are often attributed as the origin of Rap.
Tonight I first bring you a one hour documentary on Gil followed by a number of his works.