Posted in music on May 27, 2011

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Gil Scott-Heron @ Central Park Summerstage in 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)

We're very sad to bring this news: Jamie Byng, Gil Scott-Heron's publisher in the UK, has tweeted that the poet and songwriter passed away today.

"Just heard the very sad news that my dear friend and one of the most inspiring people I've ever met, the great Gil Scott-Heron, died today.

Gil Scott-Heron's death is NOT a rumour. I just called by Dorothy who is staying with Aunt Mimi in NY to tell me the news. I'm so sad."
[The Daily Swarm]


Gil Scott-Heron @ Coachella 2010 (more by Rachel Carr)

As confirmed by a publicist for his record label, Gil Scott-Heron, the singer-songwriter and poet, has died. He was 62.

Influential in R&B, spoken word, and hip-hop, Scott-Heron had a strong run of albums in the 1970s. He wrote the song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" and the phrase entered the cultural lexicon after appearing on his 1970 album Small Talk at 125th & Lennox. Scott-Heron later battled drug problems and was incarcerated for a period during the 2000s, but he returned to music in 2010 and released the acclaimed I'm New Here followed by the Jamie xx collaboration We're New Here earlier this year. [Pitchfork]


Gil Scott-Heron @ Marcus Garvey Park in 2010 (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
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Scott-Heron continued to record through the 1970s and early '80s, before taking a lengthy hiatus. He briefly returned to the studio for 1994's Spirits. That album featured the track "Message to the Messengers," in which Scott-Heron cautions the hip-hop generation that arose in his absence to use its newfound power responsibly. He has been cited as a key influence by many in the hip-hop community -- such as rapper-producer Kanye West, who closed his platinum-selling 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with a track built around a sample of Scott-Heron's voice. [NPR]

R.I.P. Gil




Comments (28)

aw man. so sad. rip.

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 10:27 PM

A great icon in music. What a tremendous loss.

Posted by greg C | May 27, 2011 10:29 PM

Oh my god, that is really sad. He played a lot recently it seems... glad a lot of people got to catch him before this. RIP GSH

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 10:40 PM

always seemed real genuine rip

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 10:49 PM

He was the Man. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 11:08 PM


Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 11:08 PM

i usually say bad things, but this is really sad. i saw the atomic duo do a bluegrass version "whitey on the moon" a couple of weeks ago. gsh was a genius.

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 11:44 PM


Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2011 12:17 AM

so fucking sad... nooooooo!

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2011 1:01 AM

Legendary. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2011 1:04 AM

don't let the aliens steal his blowtorch

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2011 1:12 AM

this is so sad

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2011 1:37 AM

Such a loss. One of THE most important musicians and all around artists of the last 50 years. Groundbreaking and genius. There will NEVER be another like him.

Posted by Doug | May 28, 2011 3:33 AM

first time i am so fucking proud of the bv commenters. we lost an icon of revolutionary spirit.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2011 9:15 AM

I was much sadder when LCD broke up.

Posted by Regular reader | May 28, 2011 9:26 AM


Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2011 11:14 AM

Unfortunately, crack and HIV consumed his final years.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2011 12:22 PM

RIP Gil Scott Heron - music lost a legend. Won't be forgotten.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2011 1:38 PM

always seemed real genuine rip

Posted by stock markets | May 28, 2011 4:23 PM






Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2011 11:02 PM

The guy was a total scumbag HIV ridden crackhead who did nothing decent for over 30 years.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2011 10:10 AM

^ Wrong. I'm New Here is one of the greatest albums of the decade.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2011 3:55 PM

@10:10 you shouldn't talk about your father that way. Sure he was a tool and gave birth to you but he is your dad, so only we can talk shit about how much of an HIV ridden scumbag he was.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2011 8:35 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 1:30 PM

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that scumbag in 1010' minds on the moon'

her arm and legs began to swell'

Yes there were rather crude incidents' and yes there was crimitive art'

And yes there were masters of hunting and fishing'

And yes' there were "Medicine, love and Religion' and courtesy came from the hart'

And yes, there were Paper and Pencils, and other utensils, but these folks never even heard of a gun' This is why colonialist came' to stablize the land'

that melinated people had Discovered in Gold, plaitunum and Ice' And the discoverers had a Plan; /

They would discover all the Places with promise' (Din't need no leases or deeds) then made a point to the people' to make everything legal' in sanctions, in documents, in reeds: / And when the Natives got restless, they Would Call it Gorrilla atack, never Explained that the folk Finally got wise' And decided that they would fight Back: Dedicated to the who Made the comment @ 10:10 AM: (YOU WILL MEET GIL SCOT HERON AND ANCESTORS ON THAT DAY THAT'S SURE TO COME)The weighing of your DEEDS: and Your Fear of the Truth: (You Demelinated Genetic MUTANT)

Posted by Gods and Goddesses of Divine Judgement | June 10, 2011 9:00 AM

RIP Brother.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 8:13 PM

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