Gil Scott-Heron (1949 – 2011) – A Video Tribute

Though I knew that Gil Scott-Heron had been battling various health problems the last few years, hearing of his death a few minutes ago still was a shock. It hit like a ton of bricks.

I first heard Gil Scott-Heron in my early teens as “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” burst into my darkened room as I listened to WBLS overnight. His words have occupied rent-free space in my brain ever since.

He was once of the most memorable, creative, stunning and misunderstood artists I ever heard.

Here are five of his works of art that meant the most to me.

You are free at last!

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The Bottle

Johannesburg

Whitey on the Moon

Pieces of a Man

Plus there was “B-Movie” a Reagan-era classic. I couldn’t embed it, but see it on YouTube by clicking below:

B-Movie – Gil Scott-Heron

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