Monday, April 26, 2010

Gil Scott Heron

Here are a few videos I managed to find online that are from his latest release "Im New Here" on XL Recordings...Easily in my Top 10 favorites for 2010


Me And The Devil

Where Did The Night Go?

New York Is Killing Me

I'm New Here


The Crutch

On Coming From A Broken Home (Part 1)

On Coming From A Broken Home (Part 2)

I'll Take Care Of You


Gil Scott-Heron was born in Chicago, Illinois, but spent his early childhood in the home of his grandmother Lillie Scott (mother's family) in Jackson, Tennessee. Gil's mother Bobbie Scott-Heron sang with the New York Oratorial Society. Gil's father was a professional soccer player and is also a poet. His father's family is of Jamaican descent. When he was 13, his grandmother died and he moved with his mother to the Bronx, where he enrolled in DeWitt Clinton High School. He transferred to The Fieldston School after one of his teachers, a Fieldston graduate, showed one of his writings to the head of the English department there and he was granted a full scholarship. Gil attended Lincoln University because it was the college of choice by his biggest influence Langston Hughes. It was at Lincoln University that Gil met Brian Jackson and they formed the band Black & Blues. After about two years at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Scott-Heron took a year off to write a novel The Vulture. He returned to New York City, settling in Chelsea, Manhattan, which was at the time a multiracial and multicultural neighborhood. The novel, The Vulture, was published in 1970 and well received. Although Gil never received his undergraduate degree, he has a Masters in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University.

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