Saturday, May 28, 2011

Herobit: Gil Scott-Heron

Some rotten news to wake up to this morning, as Gil Scott-Heron has died.

Born in 1949, Scott-Heron's habit of doing things that hadn't yet been invented, and doing many things at once, made him a nightmare to pigeonhole. Jazz poet? Inventor of hip hop? He was known for his political work, but hoped that he'd be remembered for more than that. You know what? I think he might well be.

But even if he isn't, who wouldn't want something this great as their epitaph?

His death was announced by his publisher; apparently he'd been unwell since returning from Europe. He was 62.

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