In memory of Gil Scott-Heron

by Cheryl Baumgartner Medical Billing/Coding/Insurance
On Friday we lost a truly gifted man, Gill Scott-Heron poet, musician and spoken word artist
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  • Considered a major influence on Hip hop and Rap genres
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  • Raised awareness of social issues and social disparity
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Gil Scott-Heron. I was a young teen when my brother first introduced me to Gil Scott-Heron's music. The first song I ever heard by him was "The Revolution Will not be Televised". A commentary on the continuing struggle of many Blacks to attain social equality in the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement.

Gil used his music to raise awareness of the struggle against social disparity and continued to do so until his death, remaining active and recording new music for his fans. His success combining the Spoken word with music was a great influence on rappers who followed and continues to be so today. GIl was not a proponent of Ganstera rap and the gangbanging image that is rap today. Which he plainly says in this clip 'Message to the Messengers"

Gil will be missed by all who were ever touched by his music, his influence and his quiet activism. Goodbye to you Mr. Scott-Heron and thank you for being a role model for equality, respect and peace.

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Known as "the godfather of rap" within the music industry, most notably for composing the 1974 compilation album "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," poet, musician and author Gil Scott-Heron died

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Selya Rollins Professional   Creative Imagery
This man was a lyrical genius, my favorite was "The Bottle" (the block party classic)
May 30th 2011 10:04   
Cheryl Baumgartner Professional Premium   Medical Billing/Coding/Insurance
The Bottle was amazing! But The revolution WIll not be Televised will always be my favorite since it was the first song that I heard. But he had so many positive messages he left us with.
May 30th 2011 10:08   
Cheryl Baumgartner Professional Premium   Medical Billing/Coding/Insurance
I'm Glad I could introduce someone new to his music.
May 31st 2011 07:39   
Belinha Fernandes Advanced   Plastic artist
The revolution will not be televised! This is good. He was still young, shame. Read about this on Facebook on a friend's wall that introduced me to his music.Yes, music makes everthing better: cleaning the house, sewing, (private joke!!) making people aware of important things. I am much into visual arts but music moves me a you might have already noticed! Very good to find this article about Gil Scott.
May 31st 2011 12:45   
Cheryl Baumgartner Professional Premium   Medical Billing/Coding/Insurance
Well to update the song, I guess today he would have said the revolution will not be tweeted!
May 31st 2011 13:43   
David C. Advanced   manager
The track I love is Living in a bottle brilliant artist got into his music in the 70's
Jun 1st 2011 17:48   
Cheryl Baumgartner Professional Premium   Medical Billing/Coding/Insurance
Yes that is also an awesome song David. Gil touched many lives during his years performing and those lives were all over the world.

We can all relate to struggle in some way and Gil's music was able to take the reality of the struggle he lived and touch someone a world away and say "I can understand".
Jun 1st 2011 18:28   
David C. Advanced   manager
His lyrics were so real,alcholism is the scurge of Scotland more thandrugs,and we all knew somebody who basically lived thier lives in the bottle,and apart from that even though it is a very long song,you would listen too or dance to it unlike other songs which after a couple of weeks you go off too this day as soon as I hear the intro on the car radio it is turned up.very sad to hear that he has died,he made you believe he had lived his lyrics,and yes after so long this is still a record that is played by radio stations in the UK not a lot of singers from outside the uk still have thier music played so long after it was released,I don't know if he is in the music ' Hall of Fame' but he should be.If he isn't I think you should start an online petition I for one would certainly sign it.I as a youngster had a different taste in music from my friends it was Stax,Chess,Tamla Motown,Alantic,so many great singers & musicians who sang it as it was,from the heart.THe US,has a great history of R & B,Blues and should be proud of it,because thats where the Beatles,Rolling Stones and most 60's British bands got thier insperation from.
Jun 2nd 2011 00:33   
Cheryl Baumgartner Professional Premium   Medical Billing/Coding/Insurance
David you just did my heart a world of good mentioning Stax. That was a wonderful company.

But you are right about his ability to should you he lived his lyrics. He was also very much into learning the wisdom of your elders and passing that wisdom on as an elder.

Jun 2nd 2011 07:09   
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