Gil Scott-Heron has died. His phrase/poem/tune “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is very well known and often used but the man behind it is not a household name. Say what you may about him but he had something to say. Too bad he never got to jam with Jimi Hendrix. That would have been something.
Gil’s song about nuclear power plants and nuclear waste, “South Carolina,” is still as relevant today as it was 32 years ago when he sang it.
What ever happened to the protests and the rage,
What ever happened to the voices of the sane,
What ever happened to the people who gave a damn.
Didn’t they justify the dying in the jungle of Vietnam.
Gil did a lot of dope and alcohol. He earned the right to sing honestly about it.