Poetry Globe Lifestyle Group is excited to introduce its blog, From NY to Paris! In this premier piece, we’d like to say goodbye and pay honor to a special man who gave this world of poetry, and anyone that would pay attention, all that he had. Our first post is dedicated to the intelligent, encouraging, and creative, Gil Scott Heron.
Gil Scott Heron passed away on May 27, 2011. He was considered by many to be the Godfather of Rap, for putting rhyme to music, not to be confused with Russell Simmons, the Godfather of Hip Hop, (if I have to explain the difference, to bad, I’m not).
Another of his monikers, which I prefer, was The People’s Poet. This nickname tells you what the man cherished. You get the sense that he cared not only for his own well-being, but for the well-being of others, and with sincerity. That he valued a stranger as much as a family member, and that he poured his heart and soul into his work.
Getting into Gil’s material, he is most recognized for one line, from a composition of the same title, “The revolution will not be televised”. It is his voice, delivery, and command of language that makes this moment in poetry, Spoken Word at that point, so famous! However, Gil’s body of work far exceeds one recognizable standout. With a multitude of albums spanning the past four decades and several books, Gil has given us plenty to examine for ourselves and to share with others.
Gil might be gone, but his voice lives on. Watch him explain the piece The Revolution Will Not Be Televised:
Video depiction of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised:
For more on Gil Scott Heron please visit http://gilscottheron.net/
Remember, the pen is mightier than the sword!