Gil scott-heron

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Gil Scott-Heron
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Gil Scott-Heron, nacido el 1 de abril de 1949 en Chicago, Estados Unidos, es un poeta y músico, principalmente conocido a finales de la década del 1960 y principio de los años 1970 por sus actuaciones de poesía cantada y hablada, relacionadas con los activistas militantes afroamericanos. Heron es famoso por su poema/canción "The RevolutionWill Not Be Televised".
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Nació en Chicago, Illinois, pero pasó su infancia en Tennessee y más tarde se mudó al Bronx, donde cursó sus estudios secundarios. Tras estudiar por un año en la Lincoln University (en Pennsylvania), publicó su primera novela, The Vulture, que fue bien recibida.

Empezó su carrera musical en 1970 con el LP Small Talk at 125th and Lenox. El álbumincluía diatribas agresivas contra los medios corporativos manejados por los blancos, la superficialidad de la televisión y el consumismo, y la ignorancia de la clase media de los Estados Unidos sobre los problemas de las ciudades del interior en canciones tales como Whitey on the Moon.

A pesar de sacar algunos álbumes, su éxito más grande llegó en 1978 con la canción The Bottle. Scott-Heron es amenudo visto como uno de los padres fundadores del rap.
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contra:
http://www.amazon.com/Vulture-Nigger-Factory-Gil-Scott-Heron/dp/0862419018#reader_0862419018

poet, pianist, songwriter, and protorapper, gil scott-heron is also the author of two novels (and a rumored third to be released in 2011). the first, the vulture, was published in 1970 (when scott-heron was 21), thesame year his debut album and first book of poetry were released, both titled small talk at 125th and lenox. set almost entirely in the chelsea neighborhood of manhattan, the vulture is a compelling murder mystery comprised of street poetry and sociopolitical observation. taking place between the summers of 1968 and 1969, the story is told from the perspectives of four main characters, each witha motive for the killing of young john lee. scott-heron’s gifted prose could make even the most banal story intriguing, and his ability to convey a convincing portrait of urban strife in late ‘60s new york is uncanny. gil scott-heron’s talents are many, and the vulture is a rhythmic, passionate, and smart sampling of his skill.

the vulture

standing in the ruins of another black man’slife.
or flying through the valley separating day and night.
‘i am death,’ cried the vulture. ‘for the people of the light.’

charon brought his raft from the sea that sails on souls,
and saw the scavenger departing, taking warm hears to the cold.
he knew the ghetto was a haven for the meanest creature ever known.

in a wilderness of heartbreak and a desert ofdespair,
evil’s clarion of justice shrieks a cry of naked terror.
taking babies from their mamas and leaving grief beyond compare.

so if you see the vulture coming, flying circles in your mind.
remember there is no escaping, for he will follow close behind.
only promise me a battle; battle for your soul and mine.

As a student, he admired the poetry of Langston Hughes andfollowed his footsteps by enrolling in Lincoln University. By age 20, he completed the novel The Vulture and the book of poetry, Small Talk At 125th & Lenox. The Vulture was an auspicious beginning, heralded by Essence as "a strong start for a writer with important things to say." In the 1970’s, Scott-Heron hooked up with Flying Dutchman records to produce several important albums including Piecesof Man and Free Will.

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