Significant Songs (131)

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Gil Scott-Heron could be best described as being all things to all people. He was a writer, a poet, a political commentator, and an excellent musician too. His music is variously described as Jazz, Soul, Rap, Funk, or as just plain poetry to sounds. His importance in the music scene of the 1970s cannot be exaggerated, as he brought a mixture of genres that highlighted some of the most important causes of the period.

He continued to record into the 1990s, and despite some terms in prison, remained a significant influence in a certain genre, appreciated by many. These days, his work is rarely heard, and perhaps little-known, as he sadly died in 2011, aged just 62.

However, the fusion of poetry, rap, and music in this featured song has even more contemporary relevance than it did in 1971, when I first heard it, and was amazed by its prescience.

Listen, and weep.


24 thoughts on “Significant Songs (131)

    1. Kim, there is this nice compilation on You Tube, showing various examples of his style.
      He also gave me one of my favourite quotes, the definition of a pessimist..
      “A pessimist is a person in possession of all the facts.”
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. Interestingly, the new season of the Showtime series ‘Homeland’ has snippets of him doing ‘Revolution’ during the credits. The song itself is in the US National Recording Registry based on its cultural significance. Sadly, most people won’t know that nor will they remember him.

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