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  • Gil Scott-Heron Memoir Due Out Jan. 16

    Tue, 20 Dec 2011 12:06:17

    Gil Scott-Heron Memoir Due Out Jan. 16 - It's a posthumous text

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    • 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.

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    Gil Scott-Heron's memoir is set to be published on Jan. 16.

    It's a posthumous release, titled The Last Holiday, and will be released by Canongate. The date, which coincides with Martin Luther King Day, is clearly intentional, as the memoir chronicles the late singer's civil rights activism and his 1980-81 tour with Stevie Wonder to establish the national holiday.

    According to Billboard, an audio extract of the book is also available, featuring Heron reading the early version of a chapter about John Lennon's murder. The former Beatles' death fell during Heron's tour with Wonder, as the pair brought their "Hotter Than July" tour to the Oakland Coliseum. How cool is that? It'll be like Heron is speaking from the grave.

    Heron died in May at 62.

    Do you want to read The Last Holiday?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    12.20.11



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