Poet, songwriter, and activist Gill Scott-Heron died yesterday at the age of 62. Having recently broken retirement with a solo album, his body of work spans four decades, a career bookended by the death of Martin Luther King Jr and the election of the first black president.
While descriptions of his legacy in early media reports of his death seem to be highlighting his activism, too much emphasis on that important factor betrays his prowess as a songwriter and his diversity as an artist; Scott’s political funk and pre-slam poetry was tempered by plaintive ballads wrought with an emotional vulnerability that even the most audacious emcees of today remain too substantially under confident to bare. All are highlighted in this 45 minute retrospective of his work.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Hello Sunday, Hello Road
Lady Day and John Coltrane
Small Talk at 125th and Lennox
We Almost Lost Detroit feat. Brian Jackson
Give Her a Call
Did You Heard What They Said?
Pardon Our Analysis (We Beg Your Pardon)
Song For Bobby Smith
Your Daddy Loves You
The Other Side, Part I
Peace Go With You, Brother