Saturday, May 28, 2011

RIP Gil Scott-Heron

He was best known for The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, of course. He was on record in recent years claiming that it was all a satire rather than a call to arms. If so, I thought he could have added this line: "The revolution will make whites whiter and coloreds brighter". It's an allusion to a Tide detergent commercial from that era, for those under 40.

I found his song "Message to the Messengers", his bit of grandfatherly advice to the angry rappers who came in his wake, to be oddly sweet. Oddly I say, because I'm repulsed by rap and hiphop. The image of the old word warrior giving his benediction to the young turks was downright heartwarming.

As always, if the vids don't display properly, double-click to view them on YouTube. RIP.