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Political activist, rap pioneer and poet Gil Scott-Heron shaped the sound of today – from Talib Kweli and Kanye West to Kendrick Lamar. Known in recent years as the ‘Godfather Of Rap’ he was an articulate voice for change but despite being a well respected composer, musician, author and poet he remains best known for writing and performing the spoken-word track ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’. He wrote the song when he was just 21 years old and would go on to perform and release several re-workings of it in his lifetime.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised was used as the title to the first compilation by Gil Scott-Heron. It was released in 1974 , after Gil Scott-Heron had released his first 3 albums. Thus, the compilation consists of songs from those three albums: 1970’s Small Talk At 125th And Lenox, 1971’s Pieces Of A Man and 1972’s Free Will.
Even though this album is a compilation, and compilations are rarely regarded as being essential, this album is arguably Scott-Heron’s most important release within his entire career. It really does contain the best of the best and it has grown into being a standard work wityhin jazz (to which Scott-Heron initially belonged). The 55 years between the first release of these songs and today have done nothing to diminish their intensity, humanity and (sad to say) actuality.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised became anthemic in a way, its truth immediately grasped by all those who imagined a different type of society, this is still true today. The song’s title has entered the English lexicon, defining the chasm between real social events and the fallacious spectacles broadcast by capitalist mass communications.