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Gil Scott-Heron (born April 1, 1949) is an American poet, musician, and author known primarily for his late 1970s and early 1980s work as a spoken word performer and his collaborative soul works with musician Brian Jackson. His collaborative efforts with Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues and soul music, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. The music of these albums, most notably "Pieces of a Man" and "Winter in America" in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. Scott-Heron's recording work is often associated with black militant activism and has received much critical acclaim for one of his most well-known compositions "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised". His poetic style has been influential upon every generation of hip hop since his popularity began. In addition to being widely considered an influence in today's music, Scott-Heron is still active and in 2010 released his first new album in 16 years, entitled "I'm New Here".
November 29, 2010
The xx’s Jamie Smith is set to release a remix album of songs by Gil Scott-Heron. The musician and producer has re-worked 13 tracks from the singer’s critically acclaimed latest effort, ‘I’m New Here’. Read more
February 19, 2010
Gil Scott-Heron has announced details of a UK tour for this April. The singer will play five dates – including two at London's Royal Festival Hall – in support of his startlingly brilliant album 'I'm New Here'. Read more
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