Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron

  • Gil Scott-Heron - LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Gil Scott Heron's family accept his award at the 54th Annual Grammy Special Merit Awards at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on February 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Gil Scott-Heron - LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11:  Members of Gil Scott Heron's family accept Honoree Gil Scott-Heron's Lifetime Achievement award  during The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards -  Special Merit Awards Ceremony And Nominee Reception at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on February 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Gil Scott-Heron - LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11:  Honoree Gil Scott Heron's family and President/CEO Recording Academy Neil Portnow presents Lifetime Achievement Award during The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards -  Special Merit Awards Ceremony And Nominee Reception at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on February 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Without doubt one of the most important voices in 20th century music, Gil Scott-Heron has been called a Vietnam-era Langston Hughes, a proto-rap pioneer, and - offensively but not inaccurately - the black Bob Dylan, someone whose unfailingly sharp and ironic eye spared neither black-power phonies or scheming presidents. In 1971 he laid out the blueprint for the whole rap genre with his slinky, ...more


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