Gil Scott Heron 1949-2011

This post was written by Reuben on May 28, 2011
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The news has just come through the Gil Scott Heron has died – details at the moment are fairly sketchy.

A novelist before he was a musician, his recorded work served as an inspiration  to revolutionaries, and to later hip hop artists. His most famous work – The Revolution Will Not be Televised – remains as relevant now as it was at the end of the 1960s.  Today, like back then, the aesthetic of rebellion is being agressively co-opted and sold back to us. And like then, rebellion has come to associate itself with the language of youthfulness – a language shaped by decades of marketing, and by brutal notions of obsolescence that reflect the logic of our economic system.

So let us honour his memory by caring a little less about whether our fightback is photogenic – and maybe resisting the temptation to post up hollywood style photos of of couples kissing in front of police lines.

Gil Scott Heron’s end was sad. He spent much of the 2000s in out of prison for drug possession – imprisoned, like so many African Americans, on account of the government’s draconian war on drugs.

Thank you and rest in peace.

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JWA

Will be much missed – phenomenal writer and musician.

Did you hear what they said,
Did you hear what they said,
Did you hear what they said,
They said another brother’s dead,
They said he’s dead…but he can’t be buried,
They said he’s dead…but he can’t be buried,
Come on, come on,come on,come on
this can’t be real.

Did you hear what they said,
Did you hear what they said,
Did you hear what they said,
They said,they shot him in his head,
a shot in the head to save his country,
a shot in the head to save his country,
Come on, come on,come on,come on
this can’t be real.

Did you hear what they said,
Yeah did you hear what they said,
Did you hear what they said,
About his mother and how she cried,
They said she cried,’cause her only son was dead
They said she cried,’cause her only son was dead
Woman,could you imagine if your only son was dead
And somebody told you,he couldn’t be buried,
hey,hey,come on,come on,come on,come on
this can’t be real

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Written By JWA on May 28th, 2011 @ 10:06 am

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