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article imageThe revolution will not be televised

By R. C. Camphausen     Feb 7, 2010 in Entertainment
Nearly 40 years after his brilliant song 'The revolution will not be televised', the poet of soul who has been called 'godfather of rap' and 'the black Bob Dylan' is back ... but he clearly says: I'm New Here.
The independent and eclectic music blog Aquarium Drunkard said it better than any opening sentence I can imagine: "When someone mentions there’s a new Gil Scott-Heron album coming out, you sit up and take notice."
What the blog is referring to, is the release by XL Records of I’m New Here, Scott-Heron’s first new album in over 14 years. This will happen in the UK on February 8th and a day later in the US, while a single called "Me and the Devil" is planned for about two weeks later ... Feb. 22nd.
This single is also part of the album, on which we find the almost forgotten poet and singer move through urban sound-scapes that remind one of his 70s work, yet which are refreshingly new as well, showing that the poet/singer is back after years of fighting with drugs and the legal system. For the younger generation who don't remember Gil from the early 70's, this man has been a very strong influence in the development of hip-hop - although his roots are clearly embedded in blues, and in jazz in general.
The complete album can be listened to - yet not downloaded - on the newly created Gil Scott-Heron website, very much up to date with audio, video, photography and a link to Myspace.
If nothing else, at least check out the song "Where did the night go":"Long ago, the clock washed midnight away, bringing the dawn,
Oh God, I must be dreaming,
Time to get up again, time to start up again,
Pulling on my socks again
Where did the night go?"
As we have recently seen with the attempt in Iran, the revolution will not be televised. In our times, it is being twittered, but perhaps soon not even that may be possible. Watching the video above, it is interesting to think about the similarities between then and now.
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