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.