Monday, 30 May 2011

Gil Scott-Heron April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011

The great man has and will always be one of my inspirations and got me into spoken word. His music has never been far from my stereo. Most recently its been his 1982 album Moving Targets. I saw him at Somerset House last year. I'm not going to write much, many people have written eloquently about the charismatic pioneering activist, poet and musician. I'm not even going to put together a mix or compilation because again, there are many already. So instead here's a run down of the ones I've found:

The fantastic Six Million Steps JJ Smoking Sessions series did a GSH mix this time in 2009, it has music and interview snippets. If you want to find out about the man as well as his music listen here Six Million Steps Streaming and download both available.


Video interview by one of his friends in London on The Guardian site;

Following the release of I'm New Here;


This link has all parts of the BBC  documentary that was part of the Legends series:


This is a beautiful commentary on the man and his music using extensive quotes of his poems and songs:

Patrick Forge reflects on the great man:

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