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SUMMARY Gil Scott-Heron ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Best known for his 1970 polemic “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” Gil Scott Heron was a musical icon who defied characterization He tantalized audiences with his charismatic stage presence and his biting observant lyrics in such singles as The Bottle and JohannesTerm he hated and widely sampled by the likes of Kanye West Prince Common and Elvis Costello he never really achieved mainstream success Yet he maintained a cult following throughout his life even as he grappled with the personal demons that fueled so many of his lyrics Scott Heron performed and occasionally recorded well into his later years until eventually succumbing to his life long struggle with addiction He passed a. This is a well written and meticulously researched biography of an artist who I became aware of mainly through his 'I'm New Here' release shortly before his death in 2011 It was sad to read of Heron's demise through an addiction to first cocaine and then crack but at the same time interesting to learn of his early precocious talent published as a writer and poet as he was before leaving college His music career political activism and personal life are well documented by Baram whose research consisted of many interviews with friends and family in addition to with Heron himself as well as 40 years worth of press and his own posthumous memoir One comes away from the memoir ultimately frustrated at the stubborn nature of the artist who refused help from so many uarters to tackle the personal demons that led to his early deathHaving read Heron's debut novel 'The Vulture' finishing this will encourage me to tackle his second as well as said memoir both of which are presently unread on my shelves

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Way in 2011 the end to what had become a hermit like existenceIn this biography Marcus Baram an acuaintance of Gil Scott Heron's will trace the volatile journey of a troubled musical genius Baram will chart Scott Heron's musical odyssey from Chicago to Tennessee to New York a drug addict's twisted path to redemption and enduring fame In Gil Scott Heron Pieces of a Man Marcus Baram puts the complicated icon into full focus. I'm a longtime Gil Scott Heron fan so this was reuired reading Marcus Baram tells the story well and has clearly done a lot of research It's telling that the first couple of hundred pages cover the first 32 years of Gil's life but it only takes another eighty pages to cover the last thirty years A long slow decline after a brilliant youth a sad story

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Gil Scott HeronBest known for his 1970 polemic “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” Gil Scott Heron was a musical icon who defied characterization He tantalized audiences with his charismatic stage presence and his biting observant lyrics in such singles as The Bottle and Johannesburg provide a time capsule for a decade marked by turbulence uncertainty and racism While he was exalted by his devoted fans as the “black Bob Dylan” a. Pieces of a Man is the title of a song by Gil Scott Heron from his 1971 album of the same name and it is an apt title for this biography which spans Scott Heron’s life from his birth in 1949 to his untimely death in 2011In serviceable but rather lacklustre prose Marcus Baram takes the reader through all the stages of Gil Scott Heron’s life in chronological order Scott Heron was born in Chicago but soon moved to Jackson Tennessee where he was raised by his maternal grandmother until her death in 1960 In 1962 Scott Heron was one of three black students who integrated an all white high school in Jackson We follow Scott Heron through his adolescence in the Bronx his college days at Lincoln University his hero Langston Hughes’s alma mater where we encounter his beginnings as a poet songwriter and singerIn 1970 Scott Heron’s first album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox was released on Flying Dutchman records The album includes one of his best known songs “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” Considered a significant precursor to hip hop it comments on the need for diverse representation in media—a vital and popular topic nowadays Way ahead of his time Scott Heron was talking about this almost fifty years ago “Gil felt that most critics missed the point of the song—it was less about condemning commercialism and about criticizing cultural racism how black people viewed the TV shows they watched which didn’t include their views let alone their faces” p 82Long before the term “woke” came into contemporary parlance Scott Heron explored the concept in “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” He talked about the meaning of the song to PBS “You have to change your mind before you change the way you’re living and the way you move The thing that’s going to change people is something that no one will ever be able to capture on film it will just be something that you see and all of a sudden you realize that I’m on the wrong page or I’m on the right page but I’m on the wrong note And I’ve got to get in sync with everyone else to understand what is going on in this country” p 83 In other words the first step to social change is in our minds in the way we perceive the worldThis album was followed by a decade of influential records featuring mix of blues jazz soul and spoken word poetry many of which were created in collaboration with pianist and flautist Brian Jackson Scott Heron’s fiery politically conscious lyrics are tempered by his wit and his empathy for the poor the dispossessed the forgotten the marginalized Two of his most famous songs talk about addiction “Home is Where the Hatred Is” and “The Bottle” These two songs are not your average anti drug songs thanks to Scott Heron’s ability to empathize with the illness of addiction “Gil says he wrote Home is Where the Hatred Is in the first person rather than the third to avoid making it sound accusatory ‘If you do things in the first person then even people with those kinds of problems can look at them because you’re not talking about them You’re talking about yourself They can look at themselves by looking at you’” p 88The final portion of the book deals with Scott Heron’s own long struggle with drug addiction which led to serious health problems prison time and his death at age 62 Baram treats Scott Heron’s addiction with compassion The last chapters of the book are truly heartbreakingAn enormous amount of research went into writing this biography In addition to listening to all of Scott Heron’s music reading his writing and reading over a hundred articles cited in the selected bibliography it is apparent that Baram conducted a huge number of interviews with Scott Heron’s former schoolmates bandmates and fellow musicians lovers friends and family members Baram’s background as a journalist shows in the depth and uantity of research that went into writing this book Tha