Gil Scott-Heron, “B Movie,” his assault on Reagan & the U.S. that put him in the White House in 1981.

   R . I . P  to this poetical master.

 I first started listening to him in the summer of 1999, working on a ranch in Montana and having just bought Winter In America. I was pretty blown away, not only with Gil’s incisive, insightful poetry, but Brian Jackson’s piano & keys work, supplemented by a small, tight band. I’d heard “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” but also had heard so many references to it, the message had started to get watered down for me. I was very damn happy to discover that there were many, many albums’ worth of similar material that I hadn’t begun to hear.

  Like most soul music, I’d recommend his work from the late ’60s & early ’70s to start with.

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