Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron Dies

Gil Scott-Heron was a poet, musician, songwriter and author. Born in Chicago, he lived with his grandmother in Jackson, TN and after her death, he returned to his mother in the Bronx, New York City. Scott-Heron attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, as it was the college chosen by his biggest influence Langston Hughes. Although Scott-Heron never received his undergraduate degree, he had a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University.

Scott-Heron was the author of the song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, one of his most well-known compositions and contains hip hop elements such as rapping, cultural and political references, heavy drumbeats, and minimalist production. Be sure to take the time to check out the song. recorded in 1970 in Harlem.

Scott-Heron died in New York City at the age of 62.
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