Scott-Heron was born in Chicago in 1949. He spent his early years in Jackson, Tenn., attended high school in The Bronx, and spent time at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University before settling in Manhattan. His recording career began in 1970 with the album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, which featured the first version of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” The track has since been referenced and parodied extensively in pop culture.

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  1. #1 gwen
    May 28, 2011

    I remember reciting that poem over and over again..I used to know it by was so timely and appropriate.

  2. #2 Charles Sullivan
    May 28, 2011

    Gil Scott-Heron’s music had a big influence on me, especially in my late teens and early 20s.