Gil Scott Heron, poet/activist/musician, began his life at Provident Hospital in Chicago in April 1949. With his early life spent in Tennessee and his teen years in New York, his writing reflected these transitions and the lives he observed. He began writing as a pre-teen which led to his attendance at a prestigious private high school on full scholarship. He pursued his writing with a fury completing his first two novels The Vulture and The Nigger Factory by the time he was twenty-one years old. They were both well received.
At the same time, Heron began a recording career. His first album “Small Talk at 125th and Lenox” was symbolic of a spoken word style that would later identify him as the Godfather of rap. This album contained his most well-known reading “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” which was later re-recorded with a full band.
“Gil Scott Heron: Passages, Interludes, Subtext N’ Understandin’” co-sponsored by Friends of Blackstone Library, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture – University of Chicago, and the Guild Literary Complex as part of the Complex’ Applied Words Series. It takes place Saturday, June 8, 2012, 7-10:00pm at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave.