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Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-HeronAKA Gilbert Scott-Heron

Born: 1-Apr-1949
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Died: 27-May-2011
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: AIDS

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Occupation: Poet, Musician, Novelist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Poet, pundit, and activist, primarily known for his spoken-word recordings, including the radical anthem "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." His recordings, with the author speaking over minimalistic percussion, were influential in the development of hip-hop and rap.

Father: Gilbert St Elmo Heron (first black soccer player for Glasgow, b. 1922, d. 2008)
Mother: Roberta Scott Heron ("Bobbie")
Wife: Brenda Sykes (actress, b. 1949, div., one daughter)

    High School: DeWitt Clinton High School, Bronx, NY (attended)
    High School: Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Bronx, NY (1967)
    University: Lincoln University, Chester County, PA (attended)
    University: MA Creative Writing, Johns Hopkins University (1972)

    Drug Possession: Cocaine 2001
    Drug Possession: Cocaine 2003
    Violating Probation 2006
    Risk Factors: Cocaine, AIDS

Author of books:
The Vulture (1970, novel)
Small Talk at 125th and Lenox (1970, poetry)
Circle of Stone (1972, novel)
The Nigger Factory (1972, novel)
Reflections (1981, poetry)
So Far, So Good (1990, poetry)
Ghetto Style (1998, poetry)
Now and Then: The Poems of Gil Scott-Heron (2001, poetry)
The Last Holiday (2003, memoir)

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