Black Entertainment : The Revolution Will Not Be Televised*Gil Scott-Heron

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  1. Isaiah

    Isaiah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Gill Scott Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

    At 49, Gil Scott-Heron stands as a towering figure of black popular music. With a masters in creative writing from Johns Hopkins, the writer, poet, composer, pianist, and modern-day griot is a true artist in an industry lacking true artistry.

    Scott-Heron emerged in the early 1970s with albums such as What’s Going On and There’s A Riot Goin’ On. By 1970, there was a profound shift in the struggle for equality as the fight for civil rights gave way to the demand for Black Power. The Civil Rights Movement had lost its focus, being ripped apart by differing interest groups and ignored by a wartime US government. The voices of its leaders were silenced by jail or bullets.

    Black popular music reflected this change. The voices on the radio stopped preaching brotherhood and togetherness and started reporting the facts, and the music got more aggressive. Leading the new attack was a new voice: articulate, uncompromising, and enraged. The voice held the light up to the country’s missteps and shook up an apathetic audience. The voice was Gil Scott-Heron’s. Scott-Heron was born in Chicago in 1949. He grew up in Lincoln, Tennessee and later the Chelsea neighborhood of the Bronx.

    As a student, he admired the poetry of Langston Hughes and followed his footsteps by enrolling in Lincoln University. By age 20, he completed the novel The Vulture and the book of poetry, Small Talk At 125th & Lenox. The Vulture was an auspicious beginning, heralded by Essence as "a strong start for a writer with important things to say." In the 1970’s, Scott-Heron hooked up with Flying Dutchman records to produce several important albums including Pieces of Man and Free Will.

    During the 1980s, for Arista label, Scott-Heron released twelve albums. Then, after a twelve-year break, he signed with TVT Records and released Spirits in 1993. The first cut of this album, "Message To The Messenger," is a warning to today’s rappers, urging them to take responsibility in their art and in their communities. Since then, he has played to sell-out crowds all over the world, performing at major festivals in England and the United States, including New York’s Central Park.

    The revolution will no be televised
    You will not be able to stay home, brother.
    You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
    You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,
    Skip out for beer during commercials,
    Because the revolution will not be televised.

    The revolution will not be televised.
    The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
    In 4 parts without commercial interruptions.
    The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
    blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John
    Mitchell, General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat
    hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary.

    The revolution will not be televised.
    The revolution will not be brought to you by the
    Schaefer Award Theatre and will not star Natalie
    Woods and Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia.
    The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.
    The revolution will not get rid of the nubs.
    The revolution will not make you look five pounds
    thinner, because the revolution will not be televised, Brother.

    There will be no pictures of you and Willie May
    pushing that shopping cart down the block on the dead run,
    or trying to slide that color television into a stolen ambulance.
    NBC will not be able predict the winner at 8:32
    or report from 29 districts.
    The revolution will not be televised.

    There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
    brothers in the instant replay.
    There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
    brothers in the instant replay.
    There will be no pictures of Whitney Young being
    run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process.
    There will be no slow motion or still life of Roy
    Wilkens strolling through Watts in a Red, Black and
    Green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
    For just the proper occasion.

    Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Hooterville
    Junction will no longer be so damned relevant, and
    women will not care if **** finally gets down with
    Jane on Search for Tomorrow because Black people
    will be in the street looking for a brighter day.
    The revolution will not be televised.

    There will be no highlights on the eleven o'clock
    news and no pictures of hairy armed women
    liberationists and Jackie Onassis blowing her nose.
    The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb,
    Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom
    Jones, Johnny Cash, Englebert Humperdink, or the Rare Earth.
    The revolution will not be televised.

    The revolution will not be right back
    after a message about a white tornado, white lightning, or white people.
    You will not have to worry about a dove in your
    bedroom, a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
    The revolution will not go better with Coke.
    The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.
    The revolution will put you in the driver's seat.

    The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
    will not be televised, will not be televised.
    The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
    The revolution will be live.

    Discography
    SMALL TALK AT 125TH & LENOX AVE. 1970 Flying Dutchman
    PIECES OF A MAN 1971 Flying Dutchman
    FREE WILL 1972 Flying Dutchman
    WINTER IN AMERICA 1974 Strata-East
    THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED 1974 Flying Dutchman
    THE FIRST MINUTE OF A NEW DAY - THE MIDNIGHT BAND 1975 Arista
    FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO SOUTH CAROLINA 1975 Arista
    IT'S YOUR WORLD - LIVE 1976 Arista BRIDGES 1977 Arista
    SECRETS 1978 Arista
    THE MIND OF GIL SCOTT- HERON 1979 Arista
    1980 1980 Arista
    REAL EYES 1980 Arista
    REFLECTIONS 1981 Arista
    MOVING TARGET 1982 Arista
    THE BEST OF GIL SCOTT-HERON 1984 Arista
    TALES OF GIL SCOTT-HERON and HIS AMNESIA EXPRESS 1990 Peak Top
    GLORY - THE GIL SCOTT-HERON COLLECTION 1990 Arista
    MINISTER OF INFORMATION 1994 Peak Top
    SPIRITS 1994 TVT Records
    THE GIL SCOTT-HERON COLLECTION SAMPLER : 1974-1975 1998 TVT Records
    Evolution (and Flashback) The Very Best of Gil Scott-Heron 1999 BMG Music

    More info: http://www.gilscottheron.com
     
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    Power to the people!!!!!!!
     
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    Whew....I can't remember the first time I heard this, but I do know that it made a lasting impression upon me. The words are so powerful. Thanks for this.
     
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    I heard this as a teeenager and it single handedly made me want to do Spoken Word and venture outside of just mere writing.Much respect to Brother Gil.
     
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