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A Tribute to the Late Gil Scott-Heron: "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" & More

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Spoken word artist Gil Scott-Heron, known most for his influential poem-song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died yesterday in New York. He was 62.

Heron was born in Chicago on April 1, 1949. Chicagoist offers an obituary for the poet, whose work had a profound and enduring impact on the world of hip hop music:

Mr. Scott-Heron was best known for the songs "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," "The Bottle," "Ain't No Such Thing As Superman," "Winter in America," "Johannesburg" and "Angel Dust," among others. A prolific recording artist between 1970 and 1982, Mr. Scott-Heron released his first album in 16 years last year. He spent much of the last decade behind bars on drug charges. He also offered unvarnished accounts of his 20-plus year struggle with crack addiction, and went so far as to smoke it openly in front of reporter Alec Wilkinson while being interviewed for a profile in The New Yorker last year.

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video lunch today, a few of the songs from Scott-Heron's career.