GIL SCOTT-HERON R.I.P. 1949-2011

May 29, 2011 – 5:26 am

Gil Scott-Heron R.I.P. 1949-2011


Click on the panels for a better view or to download artwork.

with Brian Jackson And The Midnight Band
New York 1976 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Village Gate, New York; 1976; Very good FM broadcast (WRVR FM Reel to Reel).

On the afternoon of May 27, 2011, poet, spoken-word artist, musician and author Gil Scott-Heron died at St. Luke’s Hospital, New York City, after becoming sick upon returning from a European trip. He was 62.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, perhaps Scott-Heron’s best-known track, critiqued the mass media of the 1970s. He was one of the first artists to use his music to speak out about the apartheid in South Africa, some time before the issue became the focus of a popular global campaign.

Seen as the Godfather of Hip-Hop, Public Enemy’s Chuck D commented: “RIP GSH… and we do what we do and how we do because of you. And to those that don’t know tip your hat with a hand over your heart & recognize… Quite stunned at the fact I just wrote and recorded guest vocals on one of his next albums. This makes one realize that time is precious, damn.

Thanks to Doinker who shared his blistering 1976 Village Gate set in 2005 and for keeping the show alive at Dime.

This is what Doinker noted:

If you have ever lived in, or around a big city anywhere in the world, or if you have ever been in one long enough to catch its flavor, you need this music.

This music speaks the city, with latin-tinged jazz fusion, street-corner down-home musicians playing the local riffs with bongos and drums. In this case, the neighborhood kid made it big, but not big enough that everybody has heard of him. It is a low-down dirty shame that you probably haven’t heard of Gil-Scott Heron. But, you need to hear him, just the same. And, after your jaw drops and shatters in a million pieces on the floor, you might ask yourself: What the f__K happened to this kind of feeling?

In this case, the city is New York, but don’t let that fool or bother you. The fact that it is New York means that this particular kind of music is the real thing, not some plastic wannabe or club act. It is genuine, gritty, soul conscious, and completely real.

You might just want to take a deep breath after listening to this, and give thanks for something. If you can’t think of anything to be thankful for, try giving thanks that maybe you are still breathing.

Enjoy this great, great show!

Thanks also to Simmdale for the artwork.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Intro Jam (5.2MB)
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Track 02. 17th Street (9.9MB)
Track 03. Must Be Something We Can Do (8.6MB)
Track 04. It’s Your World (8.0MB)
Track 05. Home Is Where The Hatred Is (21.3MB)
Track 06. Johannesburg (10.5MB)

Click on the link to order Gil Scott-Heron albums.

  1. 14 Responses to “GIL SCOTT-HERON R.I.P. 1949-2011”

  2. RIP Gil-Scott - a true “good-guy”…

    By TDC on May 29, 2011

  3. shaped my view of the world as a teen…always an inspiration…

    By george on May 29, 2011

  4. In ‘76 i was writing ‘the word on Johannesburg’ for my newspaper. Surprise surprise, I didn’t hear GSH’s song until i skipped to London the next year.
    Forty-four years on, the country is a nominal democracy, but the fragility of that democracy is shown by the government’s unseemly haste to pass into law its Protection of Information Bill, which grants public servants sweeping powers to classify information, and sets harsh punishments for anyone who makes public such classified information.
    The old white racists must be laughing up their sleeves… “The more things change, the more they stay the same” was never truer.
    RIP Gil. You did your bit, you did what you could. God Bless.

    By tony on May 29, 2011

  5. rip

    By george on May 30, 2011

  6. Whilst GS-H had his own problems he will be remembered most for pricking the consciousness of many over the past 40 years. His concern for social harmony, political freedom, justice and environmental care will be sustained well into the future.

    We owe him much.

    By Julian on May 30, 2011

  7. may be we lost detroit but not his music :)

    By easynow on May 30, 2011

  8. R.I.P. - thanks for some unforgettable gigs! I’m glad I have legs.

    By Sem on Jun 2, 2011

  9. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - except on a closed circuit feed to wherever Gil is, so he can enjoy it with us. Miss You!!

    By the dave on Jun 2, 2011

  10. a very, very sad loss - one of the all-time greats

    By michael on Jun 2, 2011

  11. ditto michael’s comment. gil was a messenger of realities that many others didn’t care to address.

    i look forward to hearing this set, but with gil gone, who can we turn to now to deliver us the truth?

    By miles on Jun 2, 2011

  12. Great Guy Top Music!!!!!

    By udo on Jun 10, 2011

  13. Thanks for this great concert. DIME is currently hosting a rare (1986) GSH concert from the Chestnut Cabaret in Philly if you would be so kind as to post that one also.

    By Art on Jun 17, 2011

  14. Thanks to BigO for the reboot.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Nov 7, 2014

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