A new cover edition of a collection of poems and lyrics from the legendary poet, musician and Godfather of Rap
GIL SCOTT-HERON was born in Chicago in 1949. He has been opening eyes, minds and souls for thirty years. A highly influential and widely admired singer, proto-rapper, jazz pianist, published poet, novelist and socio-political commentator, Scott-Heron was a unique and major figure in global music. With over fifteen albums to his name, his politically charged output has won him an international following. His work illuminates a philosophy of life that holds human affection as well as political and artistic responsibility as the underlying factors that inspire his writing. He died in 2011.
* Accessible, intelligent, rhythmic writing which makes poetry seem worthwhile again The List * Some of the funniest and most literate lyrics in all music ... From deadpan attacks on racism to withering sarcasm about the Great Society; from Chomskian rants to parodies of media shallowness - every line comes coated in a sardonically witty turn of phrase. Time Out * A poet and polemicist whose lyrics have inspired and galvanised generations. GQ