There were several reporters yesterday referencing poet Gil Scott- Heron’s legendary spoken word rap, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” (1971) , in regard to the protests in Egypt.
The comment “I guess the revolution is being televised” or something similar to that was made in regard to the Egyptian events.
These comments were possibly made without much knowledge of the original song, artist, or the work’s significance in the era in which it was written.
This got me thinking that maybe revisiting the artist and song would be appropriate, and also it’d be fun to check out what Gil Scott-Heron has been working on lately.
So, here is a video of the original single version of the song from 1971…
Also, Mr. Scott-Heron being interviewed in the 1990s about the significance of the title…
Check out the two cool recent songs in which Gil Scott-Heron collaborates with Jamie xx from “The xx”.
Gil Scott-Heron\’s official site
We will work on producing a Gil Scott-Heron mix for an upcoming Space Capsule