Gil Scott-Heron passes away at 62

May 27, 2011

Revered poet and proto-hip-hopper Gil Scott-Heron has passed away today, at the age of 62. Scott-Heron is of course the man who gave us “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” his most famous and oft-quoted and oft-parodied poem. His contributions to black culture and hip-hop are innumerable, but he always stayed relevant; he was sampled not long ago by Kanye West on “Who Will Survive in America,” the end track of his last CD. After a 16-year hiatus due to personal and legal matters, including bouts with drug addiction, Scott-Heron released his 13th album last year, I’m New Here.

Read more: NPR

posted: May 27th, 2011, 8:57pm

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