Gil Scott-Heron, RIP

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

The activist, poet, and musician died yesterday. There’s an almost a poetic timing to his death, given the last few days. He was warning us about this stuff back in the 1970s.

For my protection?
Who’s gonna protect me from you?
The likes of you?
The nerve of you?
Your tomato face deadpan
Your dead hands ending another freedom fan


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12 Responses to “Gil Scott-Heron, RIP”

  1. #1 |  MassHole | 

    This is an interesting article from the New Yorker published last year.

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/09/100809fa_fact_wilkinson

  2. #2 |  marta | 

    when i was in college, my roommate and i used to fall asleep listening to gil scott-heron. a handful of years later, i was your teacher. at the time, it never in a million years would have occured to me that radley balko would note the passing of gil scott-heron with regret ;-)

  3. #3 |  fish | 

    He was warning us about this stuff back in the 1970s.

    I’m surprised that you of all people would fall for this nonsense….this guy is obviously some sort of conspiracy nut. Give me one example…….

  4. #4 |  Marty | 

    great link. I feel like an idiot for not being familiar with Gil Scott-Heron.

  5. #5 |  Nipplemancer | 

    that song goes through my head every time I read one of your SWAT related articles.

  6. #6 |  justsomeguy | 

    Truly inspirational and mind-expanding artist.

    Sad watching his struggles over the last 20 or more.

  7. #7 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    Wow that was remarkable. What Marty said. :|

  8. #8 |  V | 

    Actually, independent of politics, his last album “I’m New Here” is really good. I wish I’d have discovered it earlier and made a stronger effort to see him live. His version of Bobby Blue Bland’s “I’ll Take Care of You” is gorgeous. I also really like his cover of Me and the Devil… and “New York is Killing Me” sounds particularly apt now…

    He will be missed. Also, I started lissing to Bobby Blue Bland ’cause of him, and, Jesus. Amazing stuff…

  9. #9 |  elcid1390 | 

    I was always a fan of “We Beg Your Pardon”. And anyone who helps spread the good word of Bobby Blue Bland is by definition awesome. He will be missed.

  10. #10 |  wannaBeaMiser | 

    Cool Story….he’s kinda like Che.

  11. #11 |  dsmallwood | 

    what’s great is the way he was wrong … the revolution WAS televised. everything is. its just not very revolutionary.

  12. #12 |  Jesse Walker | 

    This is one of the funkiest songs of the ’70s.

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