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