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RIP Gil Scott-Heron

I love music, but I’m not a big jazz guy. I’m a writer, a published poet, I even run an online poet’s group, but I’m not a poetry guy. I only like certain kinds of rap and hip hop, but I’m nowhere near what you would call a fan. All that said, I love Gil Scott-Heron.

Gil Scott-Heron was not a jack of many trades, but a king. He was one of the godfathers of rap, a brilliant jazz musician, a genius of spoken word, a poet, a performer, a social activist, and he was one of my favorite artists. He is one of the few artists of whose work I have worn out tapes and vinyl records of. I didn’t always agree with him politically, but I love his way with words, ideas, sounds and grooves. He was a master.

The master passed away yesterday and we are all poorer for it. Whether you know him from “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” the No Nukes concert, the songs “B-Movie” and “Re-Ron” during the Reagan Administration, “Whitey on the Moon” from the Howard Stern show or just from his phenomenal catalog of music – Gil Scott-Heron will be missed.

Below enjoy the song he’s most known for, “The Revolution Will Not be Televised,” and my personal favorite “17th Street.”

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The Future Will Be Televised


The Matt Groening and David X. Cohen series “Futurama” will be airing on Comedy Central starting this week. It’s rumored to be one of the network’s most expensive syndication purchases.

I’m a big fan of the show and despite it running in syndication for quite a while I still haven’t seen all of them, and I look forward to catching up. The animated series, revolving around a slacker from the 20th century unfrozen in the 30th, has a slightly more subversive sense of humor than “The Simpsons.” Its humor, characters and references more nerdy and more evil – making it right up my alley.

What has really caught my attention is the advertising campaign Comedy Central has been using for “Futurama.” It’s a play on the song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by equally revolutionary jazz artist Gil Scott-Heron whose work I love as much as a poor white boy from the ‘burbs can love such stuff. Somebody at Comedy Central knows the true meaning of cool, and the future will be televised.