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Gil Scott-Heron dies: 27th May 2011 | 01-Jun-11

In 1970 The American poet and jazz musician Gil Scott-Heron recorded a track that has come to be seen as a crucial forerunner of rap; 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised', and throughout his 40-year career, delivered a militant commentary not only on the African-American experience, but on wider social injustice and political hypocrisy.

Scott-Heron has died aged 62, after returning from a trip to Europe.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/may/28/gil-scott-heron-obituary?INTCMP=SRCH

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