Gil Scott-Heron | 1949-2011: Spoken-word musician, poet dies in New York City | The Columbus Disp...

There are 7 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from May 28, 2011, titled Gil Scott-Heron | 1949-2011: Spoken-word musician, poet dies in New York City | The Columbus Disp.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

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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Common sense

Pickerington, OH

#2 May 28, 2011
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" is a classic song. His influence on music is undeniable. RIP

Since: Sep 09

Columbus, OH

#3 May 28, 2011
In the attention-deficit-disorder world of Rap music where everything that happens prior to right now simply doesn't matter the death of the brilliant Gil Scott Heron needs to be an exception to the rule. If you're a Rap fan with any sense of history today has to be a sad day. It's actually a sad day period. Gil Scott Heron was ridiculously ahead of his time. He was a brilliant song writer and he refused to chase wealth for the sake of wealth. He would not sell his soul for fame or money.

The expression "The Revolution will not be televised" has been co-opted and plagiarized so many times over the years it's crazy, but those who ignore its source were probably too ignorant to understand Gil Scott Heron anyway.

RIP to a legend.
hamburger pimp

United States

#4 May 28, 2011
A towering talent who, according to the recent New Yorker article about him, was undermined by excessive use of crack.
punkazz

Grove City, OH

#5 May 28, 2011
John in Worthington wrote:
In the attention-deficit-disorder world of Rap music where everything that happens prior to right now simply doesn't matter the death of the brilliant Gil Scott Heron needs to be an exception to the rule. If you're a Rap fan with any sense of history today has to be a sad day. It's actually a sad day period. Gil Scott Heron was ridiculously ahead of his time. He was a brilliant song writer and he refused to chase wealth for the sake of wealth. He would not sell his soul for fame or money.
The expression "The Revolution will not be televised" has been co-opted and plagiarized so many times over the years it's crazy, but those who ignore its source were probably too ignorant to understand Gil Scott Heron anyway.
RIP to a legend.
Well stated.
Memphis

United States

#6 May 28, 2011
Another giant and original artist has left the world poorer. He communicated his expression of dissent in a profoundly artful and sophisticated manner. A fierce and independent voice that did not bow to the corporate machinery as so many of those he influenced have. He gave this white boy much to consider regarding race in America and much to appreciate in the sound he crafted. A sad day, but also a day to reflect with gratitude on an inspiring man.
mike

Cincinnati, OH

#7 May 28, 2011
Loved & Lived to your music,man...

Thanks for the memories.

RIP,Bru.
Sparkle Breeze

Jersey City, NJ

#8 May 28, 2011
so saddened at the loss of this icon.
Gil Scott-Heron's genius touched my life deeply.
Thank -You for the dignified article on the spoken- word pioneer indeed.

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