OnlineRock Blog

01 June 2011

RIP Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron, iconic spoken word poet, author, funk and soul artist and deemed by some "the godfather of rap" and the "black Bob Dylan," passed away last Friday, May 27 at the age of 62.

"The revolution will not give you sex appeal, the revolution will not make you five pounds thinner, the revolution will not be televised."

Gil Scott-Heron is most well known for his late 60s and early 70s political activism in the form of spoken word poetry and soul/funk collaborations with musician Brian Jackson. He also wrote a crime/mystery novel called The Vulture. He will be sorely missed as a great icon of the times.

Read this NY Times article as a brief tribute to a great artist's life, or simply listen to his most famous rhythmic poem, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" here:

Share your thoughts on Scott-Heron's influence.


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