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Gil Scott-Heron, Poet and Music Pioneer, Dies at 62 – NYTimes.com

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Gil Scott-Heron, the poet and recording artist whose syncopated spoken style and mordant critiques of politics, racism and mass media in pieces like “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” made him a notable voice of black protest culture in the 1970s and an important early influence on hip-hop, died on Friday at a hospital in Manhattan. He was 62 and had been a longtime resident of Harlem.

via Gil Scott-Heron, Poet and Music Pioneer, Dies at 62 – NYTimes.com.

Worth listening to:

Strange Random Gil Scott-Heron Quote:

Because I always feel like running

Not away, because there is no such place

Because if there was, I would have found it by now

Because it’s easier to run,

Easier than staying and finding out you’re the only one who didn’t run

Because running will be the way your life and mine will be described,

As in “the long run

Or as in having “given someone a run for his money”

Or as in “running out of time”

Because running makes me look like everyone else, though I hope there will ever be cause for that

Because I will be running in the other direction, not running for cover

Because if I knew where cover was, I would stay there and never have to run for it

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  1. May 31, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks for the link!

    I have to confess I didn’t know as much about him as I would have liked to, either, but at least we still have the music.

    Who’s Jill Scott (excuse my ignorance)?

  1. May 31, 2011 at 7:03 pm

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