Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron (1st April 1949 - 27th May 2011)

I have made a cup of tea and put on the computer and heard the news.

He was just 62 and, what makes it even sadder, had reached a new creative peak after spending most of the new century in and out of jail.

He was a towering figure in African-American music and it's impossible to overestimate his influence.

I'm New Here is a terrific record, a fine epitaph.

Peace Go With You Brother.

Gil Scott-Heron - 'On Coming From A Broken Home (Pt.1)' (2010)
Gil Scott-Heron - 'On Coming From A Broken Home (Pt.2)' (2010)


  1. Announced on Radio 5Live this morning on account of his father being the first black footballer to play for Celtic.

    Indeed very sad, especially as you had re-introduced him to me at the end of last year with some wonderful new sounds...

  2. Listening to his 'Best Of' album right now trying to think of a tune to post on me blog, but there's too many good ones.

  3. Very sad news. I'm New Here was easily one of the best records of 2010. A true originator who was sadly overlooked by the mainstream. R.I.P. Gil.

  4. Sad sad news and just as he was back on track. Did the same as you on Saturday and proceeded to spend a very extended breakfast listening to some Gil on the Tube. It reminded me that I don't have enough of his work.


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