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Gil Scott-Heron’s Poem to the Heads of TVT Records

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Gil Scott-Heron’s Letter-Poem to the Heads of TVT Records

Back in 1997, TVT Records decided to reissue a handful of Gil Scott-Heron‘s albums — namely, Winter In AmericaThe First Minute of a New DayFrom South Africa to South CarolinaIt’s Your World, and The Mind of Gil Scott-Heron. On March 27th, prior to signing the contract and receiving his advance, a clearly enthused Scott-Heron took some time to write the following letter of thanks to three of the record executives involved in the deal.

Just delightful.

Transcript at Letters of Note 

by Gil Scott-Heron

Photograph by Mischa Richter

via Letters of Note + The Daily Swarm

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Did You Hear What They Said?

Gil Scott-Heron

1949-2011

Discography

Wikipedia Bio

Interview video via guardian.co.uk

Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011)[4] was an American soul and jazz poet,[2][3] musician, and author known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and ’80s, and for his collaborative soul works with musician Brian Jackson. His collaborative efforts with Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues and soul music, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. The music of these albums, most notablyPieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul.

Scott-Heron’s recording work has received much critical acclaim, especially for one of his most well-known compositions “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised“. His poetic style has been influential upon every generation of hip hop since his popularity began.[5] In addition to being widely considered an influence in today’s music, Scott-Heron remained active until his death, and in 2010 released his first new album in 16 years, entitled I’m New Here.

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Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron

Rest in peace

1949-2011

Discography

Wikipedia Bio

Interview video via guardian.co.uk

Gil Scott-Heron Retrospective – vinyl mix by osmose

 

“It’s Your World”

1 – “Brother” from “125th & Lenox” 
2 – “Middle of Your Day” from “Freewill” 
3 – “No Knock” from “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” 
4 – “Lady Day & John Coltrane” from “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” 
5 – “The Liberation Song” from “Midnight Band: The First Minute of a New Day” 
6 – “Needle’s Eye” from “Pieces of a Man” 
7 – “A Very Precious Time” from “Winter in America” 
8 – “New York City” from “It’s Your World” 
9 – “Song for Bobby Smith” from “Winter in America” 
10 – “Madison Ave.” from “Secrets” 
11 – “Race Track in France” from “Bridges” 
12 – “Is That Jazz?” from “Reflections” 
13 – “Hello Sunday! Hello Road!” from “Bridges” 
14 – “Morning Thoughts” from “Reflections” 
15 – “Show Bizness” from “Secrets” 
16 – “Shut Um Down!” from “1980” 
17 – “It’s Your World” from “It’s Your World” 
18 – “Peace Go With You Brother / Wa-Alaikum-Salaam” from “Winter in America”

 

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