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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised [A Film About Gil Scott-Heron] (2003)

This documentary focuses on "The Godfather of Rap" - one of the most important figures in the history of Black music. The film features interviews with Gil and his collaborators and disciples such as Chuck D and Mos Def alongside classic archive.

Gil was a key figure in the Seventies' civil rights movement and yet his message is still relevant today.
His confrontational, no-nonsense street poetry and intelligent song writing skills have inspired the modern Hip-Hop generation. In more than 20 albums Gil has documented and in many cases anticipated, the dark underbelly of United States politics, racism and the self-destruction of the Afro-American working class.

The film is directed by the legendary Don Letts, who won a Grammy for his documentary about The Clash.