Gil Scott-Heron in San Diego

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Musician and jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron died on May 27, 2011. Michael Steinberg remembers a Scott-Heron performance in 1984: "Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" brought Black Power to black vinyl grooves and broke down the color barrier on emerging white FM rock stations. No one had heard a voice quite like his... Other raps like “Whitey on the Moon” demonstrated Gil Scott-Heron’s biting wit as he talked about the oppression of his people in new ways, backed up by ancient drum beats... Gil went on to create one revolutionary musical rap/blues/jazz gem after another: “Home Is Where the Hatred Is,” “Pieces of a Man,” “We Almost Lost Detroit,’ Living in a Bottle,” H20Gate Blues,” and more."

"But with the ascension of the Reagan Revolution in the 80s, even the Gil Scott-Herons among us were shoved back to the margins, where repression and infamy ruled more than ever. As I arrived at that club in San Diego during one of those Orwellian years, I wondered how Gil would be dealing with it." --Read More--