Gil Scott-Heron spells out why “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”

6 July 2020 — MRonline —  Open Culture

by Josh Jones

Gil Scott-Heron (Flickr: steph1874)

Consider the influence of television, even in the digital age. Consider the power that networks like Fox and CNN continue to wield over that nebulous thing called public opinion; the continued dominance of NBC and CBS. These giants don’t really inform so much as sell packaged ideological content paid for and approved by corporate sponsors. There’s really no need to update poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron’s radical, 1971 classic “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” unless we wanted to change the names. His voice still speaks directly to the moment we live in.
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ColdType June-July 2011 Issue

14 June 2011 — Coldtype

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1. Back to the, er, past . . .
This month we’ve changed our name from The ColdType Reader back to the original, and simpler, title of ColdType. It’s the third time we’ve changed our name: the first incarnation of ColdType was in tabloidprinted format; then, after a long hiatus, it became ColdType2, an e-magazine inside After a couple of issues, we switched to the less-confusing ColdType Reader. Now, with our 57th issue, we’re back where we began: ColdType. – Tony Sutton, editor

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A selection of Gil Scott-Heron videos

30 May 2011

Gil Scott-Heron “Pieces Of A Man” (1971)
Is That Jazz? Gil Scott Heron
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Gil Scott Heron – Message to the Messengers
Ain’t No Such Thing As A Superman by Gil Scott Heron
Gil Scott Heron, Johannesberg

Gil Scott-Heron, Spoken-Word Musician, Dies at 62

29 May, 2011 — Jazz on the Tube

Gil Scott-Heron, Spoken-Word Musician, Dies at 62


NEW YORK (AP) — Musician Gil Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” died Friday at age 62.

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20 April, 2010:


GIL SCOTT-HERON: DON’T GO TO THE MOON By Matthew Cassel, The Electronic Intifada, 20 April 2010

In an open letter to musician Gil Scott-Heron, The Electronic Intifada’s Matthew Cassel urges him to cancel his upcoming concert in Tel Aviv: “Your scheduled concert in Tel Aviv is in direct violation of the call by Palestinian civil society for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. A similar boycott, which you full-heartedly supported, was called for in South Africa and helped bring an end to apartheid in that country.”


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