28.05.2011, Words by Ruth Saxelby

Gil Scott-Heron has died

The American poet and musician sadly passed away in New York on Friday 27th May 2011.

Poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron died yesterday afternoon at the age of 62 in St Luke’s Hospital in New York. Details surrounding his death are as yet unconfirmed.

Born on 1st April 1949 in Chicago, Gil Scott-Heron grew to prominence in the early 70s for his spoken word recordings that addressed social and political issues. Often credited as the ‘Godfather of Rap’, amongst his most famous works is the highly influential poem and song The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

On February 8th 2010 he released ‘I’m New Here’ on XL Recordings, which was his first album of new material in sixteen years. A year later, on February 11th 2011, XL released ‘We’re New Here’, a reworking of the album by Jamie xx.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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