Gil Scott Heron - Pieces of a Man

  • by Alan Taylor

"There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down brothers on the instant replay⁠⠀
There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down brothers on the instant replay...⁠⠀
The revolution will not be televised⁠⠀
Will not be televised⁠⠀
Will not be televised⁠⠀
Will not be televised⁠⠀
The revolution will be no re-run, brothers⁠⠀
The revolution will be live"⁠⠀
⁠⠀
Gil Scott Heron - The revolution will not be televised⁠ (1971)⁠⠀
⁠⠀
This poignant album from one of the most influential artists has an opening song that is relevant now more than ever. With the audacity of the majority of English and Irish newspapers coverage to distract from the pivotal moment in the back lives movement. Clear indication of systemic racism and the right wing control over news media.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
For anybody who feels they haven't educated them enough on black culture and is intimidated by the barrage of literature that has been put out on social media, music is a great place to start there is everything from Miles Davis to Public Enemy but Gil Scott Heron had a pioneering mix of politics, protest and proto-rap poetry, set to a musical jazz-funk hybrid.⁠⠀
⁠⠀
Unlike some of those he influenced, Scott-Heron had enough intellectual and musical flexibility to ensure that his medium wasn't crushed under the ponderous weight of his message. ⁠⠀
⁠⠀
Let us know what you think in the comments below.⁠⠀

Tagged with: Music
Share:

Older Post Newer Post

0 Comments

There are no comments yet. Be the first one to post one!

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published.