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Gil Scott-Heron Dies
People ^ | Saturday May 28, 2011 10:30 AM EDT | STEPHEN M. SILVERMAN

Posted on 05/28/2011 9:49:45 AM PDT by BraveMan

"Godfather of Rap" Gil Scott-Heron, who in 1970 mixed poetry and music for his militant song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died Friday afternoon in a New York hospital, his publicist told CNN.

He was 62, and the cause of death was not immediately stated. Scott-Heron was known to be HIV positive and had struggled with drug addiction throughout a large part of his life.

"You will not be able to stay home, brother/You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out/You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip/Skip out for beer during commercials/Because the revolution will not be televised," went one stanza of the work.

(Excerpt) Read more at people.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History
KEYWORDS: gilscottheron; revolution; televised

1 posted on 05/28/2011 9:49:49 AM PDT by BraveMan
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To: BraveMan

Now there’s a name I haven’t heard in a long time.


2 posted on 05/28/2011 9:51:37 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: BraveMan

Amazing how for every tragic young death there seems to be another story like this of someone who by all appearances has been trying to die young but failed.


3 posted on 05/28/2011 9:53:00 AM PDT by sbMKE
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To: BraveMan

I sure did enjoy hs “Winter In America” album.
Guy had a good voice.

(didn’t care one bit for his politics though)


4 posted on 05/28/2011 9:53:34 AM PDT by sawmill trash
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To: nuconvert

The funeral will not be televised, brother.


5 posted on 05/28/2011 9:53:43 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: BraveMan

I'm amazed a rapper lived into his 60's.

6 posted on 05/28/2011 9:54:10 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: BraveMan

...and whitey’s on the moon.


7 posted on 05/28/2011 9:56:19 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: BraveMan

A contributor to the trashing of American culture.


8 posted on 05/28/2011 9:56:23 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: BraveMan

He’s gonna miss the revolution.

Godspeed, GSH.


9 posted on 05/28/2011 9:56:34 AM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: BraveMan
..."Godfather of Rap"...

Actually, white people invented rap. Ever hear of square dance calling?

10 posted on 05/28/2011 9:59:03 AM PDT by FReepaholic (Land of the free my @ss)
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To: BraveMan
Another dead "activist." Boo-frickin'-hoo.
Take a look at "black america" today and tell me how that "revolution" thingy worked out.
11 posted on 05/28/2011 10:00:22 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: nuconvert
time warp time
12 posted on 05/28/2011 10:01:44 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: FReepaholic
"Actually, white people invented rap. Ever hear of square dance calling?"

Hokey smoke, Bullwinkle ... I never thought of that, and dadgum .. you're right!

13 posted on 05/28/2011 10:06:23 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

Perfect, thank you.


14 posted on 05/28/2011 10:10:12 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: windcliff

ping


15 posted on 05/28/2011 10:12:20 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: BraveMan

The revolution WAS televised and we did LOSE Detroit.


16 posted on 05/28/2011 10:12:35 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: BraveMan
Lady Day and John Coltrane
17 posted on 05/28/2011 10:29:26 AM PDT by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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To: FReepaholic

Actually, white people invented rap. Ever hear of square dance calling?

I think the first recording of “rap” was by BLONDIE (a white girl)


18 posted on 05/28/2011 10:38:57 AM PDT by sawmill trash
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To: sbMKE

I’m deeply grieved that he didn’t die before he became the “Godfather of Rap.” Probably a sodomite, too...


19 posted on 05/28/2011 10:56:00 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: knarf; FReepaholic

“Hokey smoke, Bullwinkle ... I never thought of that, and dadgum .. you’re right!”

I never thought of it either LOL! FReep is correct!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4lxfXltCxQ


20 posted on 05/28/2011 11:22:12 AM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: FReepaholic
Actually, white people invented rap. Ever hear of square dance calling?

Every time I hear an auctioneer, I think of a square dance caller.

21 posted on 05/28/2011 11:56:28 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: BraveMan

RIP... If only he could take rap with him.


22 posted on 05/28/2011 2:45:44 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: BraveMan

Well, I’ll be. Dead, huh?

Gil Scott Herron was actually a fairly gifted musician, but his radical leftist politics infected his work, and destroyed any chance he might have had at becoming a superstar recording artist.

I really enjoyed some of his stuff, back in the 70s.


23 posted on 05/28/2011 6:53:37 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: sawmill trash
Sugar Hill Gang. Rapper's Delight. 1979. Blondie's "Rapture" is terrible.
24 posted on 05/28/2011 7:59:18 PM PDT by OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
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To: real saxophonist
Frank Zappa - Plastic People
25 posted on 05/28/2011 9:30:13 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: BraveMan

Television will not be televised.


26 posted on 05/28/2011 9:32:22 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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