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Gil Scott-Heron

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Gil Scott-Heron
Gil Scott-Heron
Gil Scott-Heron performing in Sweden, 2011
Background information
Birth nameGilbert Scott-Heron
BornApril 1, 1949
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMay 27, 2011 (aged 62)
New York City, U.S.
GenresSoul, jazz, blues, proto-rap
Occupation(s)Poet, singer, songwriter, author
InstrumentsVocals, electric piano, guitar
Years active1969–2011

Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011)[1] 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.[2]

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 became HIV-positive.

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  1. Ben Sisario (28 May 2011). "Gil Scott-Heron, Voice of Black Protest Culture, Dies at 62". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  2. "Gil Scott-Heron". Gil Scott-Heron Official Website. Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2011.