Gil Scott-Heron performing in Sweden, 2011
|Birth name||Gilbert Scott-Heron|
|Born||April 1, 1949
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||May 27, 2011 (aged 62)
New York City, U.S.
|Genres||Soul, jazz, blues, proto-rap|
|Occupations||Poet, singer, songwriter, author|
|Instruments||Vocals, electric piano, guitar|
Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American poet, musician, and author. He is best known for his work in spoken-word soul music in the 1960s and 1970s and his work with Brian Jackson.
Scott-Heron is most famous for his poem and song, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. This piece helped develop the black protest movement and influenced the rap genre.
In 2010, he released an album titled I'm New Here.
Scott-Heron was HIV-positive.
- Ben Sisario (28 May 2011). "Gil Scott-Heron, Voice of Black Protest Culture, Dies at 62". http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/29/arts/music/gil-scott-heron-voice-of-black-culture-dies-at-62.html. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
- "Gil Scott-Heron". Gil Scott-Heron Official Website. http://gilscottheron.net/about/. Retrieved 22 October 2011.