I was asked by promoter Glen Max to DJ at The Roundhouse for the Gil Scott-Heron tribute Pieces Of A Man.
Gil was never part of the mainstream of soul music. He didn’t have a hit that was consistently rotated on any popular stations until 1979 with his funk lament Angel Dust.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, which was an early prototype for hip hop, was so ahead of its time that it was not even released as an A side single! Hard to imagine that, as it is constantly referred to and recycled in today in post-modern culture.
The first time most of us heard Gil was when Brother to Brother covered his composition The Bottle. As little boys we would imitate the nasally vocal delivery while running down the school halls, “Don’t you think it’s a crime?”
Really Gil lands alternative soul points on so many levels. But I think in the Black community he will always be remembered as the Godfather of Protest Music.
Dirty Walt and The Columbus Sanitation – Who Do You Believe
Public Enemy – Escapism
Garland Jefferys – I Was Afraid Of Malcolm
Dead Prez – Police State
Parliament – Chocolate City
Nona Hendrix – Oil On The Water
Antibalas – Indictment
KRS 1 – You Must Learn
Ohio Players – Pain
Public Enemy – Shut Em Down
Mavis Stables – Orientation
The Last Poets – Related To What