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Jackson Williams

Jackson Williams

Posted: February 2, 2010 02:52 PM

The Return of Gil Scott-Heron

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Anyone familiar with the 1974 line "The revolution will not be televised," or the many subsequent uses of that ubiquitous cultural marker, is familiar with Gil Scott-Heron, whether they know it or not.

His politically inspired spoken word soul music had its heyday in the '70s and '80s ("What's the word? Johannesburg"), and the years since have been a roller-coaster. A series of drug possession charges left him on the sidelines for some time.

Still, he's not dead yet, and has returned to form with a new collection of material titled I'm New Here. The CD is due out soon, but the website of the British Guardian newspaper is currently streaming it in full.

Give it a listen. It's good stuff. Gil Scott-Heron is back.