What Gil Scott Heron Got Wrong

Gil Scott Heron’s lyrics “The revolution will not be televised” have become the background noise for today’s many social revolutions

Gil Scott Heron is credited with being the godfather of rap. His lyrics were vocalized somewhere between jazz and a poetry slam, more spoken than sung. It is Gil Scott Heron’s voice when you hear the words “The revolution will not be televised”, the obligatory backbeat behind the Showtime series “Homeland”, t.v. commercials and other streams. When Heron recorded his song-poem at RCA recording studios in April, 1971 his 1960s-ish…

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Patrick Hanlon

Patrick Hanlon

Author of “Primal Branding,” “The Social Code,” writer on Forbes, Inc., Adweek, and elsewhere. Founder primalbranding.co + Thinktopia®