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Thursday, February 23 2012

Gil Scott-Heron's 'The Last Holiday'

This posthumous memoir provides Scott-Heron’s keen insights into the music industry, the civil rights movement, modern America, governmental hypocrisy, and our wider place in the world.


Sunday, June 5 2011

Gil and the Devil: Remembering Gil Scott-Heron

In an irony that Gil himself must have appreciated, the return of revolution to the global landscape arrived at moment when mass media enjoy more dominance than ever.


Tuesday, January 18 2011

Part 3: From Perfume Genius to Xiu Xiu

Slipped Discs continues with the return of a legendary power pop band, previously unreleased Springsteen gems, the resurrection of '60s British folk rock sounds, loads of indie rockers and many more. All records that missed our top 70 list last year.


Thursday, December 23 2010

The 60 Best Songs of 2010

Sixty slices of musical greatness highlighted by one of the most delightful expletive-ridden hits in pop music history.


Tuesday, July 17 2007

Part 3: Curtis Mayfield to The English Beat (1970-1980)

"Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine, go down .." Julie Andrews sang in Mary Poppins. Indeed, a bitter dose of angry words in need of saying, and set to a beat, quite effectively gets heard.


Columns

Tuesday, February 28 2012

Dead Stars Tell No Tales: Whitney Houston's Death Casts New Light Onto Memoirs by Two '70s Pop Stars

Just as the winners of the war tend to write the history books, only survivors write memoirs. Nile Rodgers' Le Freak and Gil Scott-Heron's The Last Holiday.


Monday, June 27 2011

On Losing Superman: Gil Scott-Heron's Rise, Fall, and All-Too-Brief Second Act

We thought Gil Scott-Heron was bulletproof. He wasn’t. We thought he’d know better. He didn’t. He was human. And I‘m New Here, not his greatest work, is his most human work.


Reviews

Tuesday, February 21 2012

Bill Ortiz: Winter in America EP

Santana trumpeter Bill Ortiz provides a fitting tribute to Gil Scott-Heron.


Wednesday, February 10 2010

Gil Scott-Heron: I'm New Here

The long-disappeared singer/poet who influenced hip-hop reappears, hesitantly, without joy.


Thursday, February 20 2003

Gil Scott-Heron: Free Will


Blogs

Wednesday, February 23 2011

Waveform: New Highlights in the Electronic Underground

To pair Jamie XX’s interest in this territory with a musical figure like Gil Scott-Heron makes even more sense than perhaps the original conceit of I’m New Here.


Wednesday, June 30 2010

Gil Scott-Heron, Derrick Hodge: 27.June.2010 - New York

Gil Scott-Heron brought his legendary brand of soul, and surprise guest, Common, to Central Park’s Summerstage Sunday.


Tuesday, February 2 2010

Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here (new album / video / stream)

Gil Scott-Heron I'm New Here (XL) Releasing: 9 February Spoken word artist and poet Gil Scott-Heron was a massive influence on the development of hip-hop. His


News

Tuesday, May 31 2011

Gil Scott-Heron was America's soul poet

Public Enemy's Chuck D once said hip-hop was black America's CNN. If so, Gil Scott-Heron was the network's first great anchorman, presaging hip-hop and infusing soul and jazz with poetry, humor and pointed political commentary.


Wednesday, February 10 2010

'Father of hip-hop' Gil Scott-Heron is a survivor

PHILADELPHIA — Rumors of Gil Scott-Heron's demise have been greatly overstated, declared the man himself. "I just turned 60 last April first," Scott-Heron shared with a husky


Monday, April 28 2008

Pioneering activist performer Gil Scott-Heron speaks up again

Give props to Gil Scott-Heron for the cutting-edge topicality of his best street poetry and jazz-inflected R&B over the last four decades and the


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