Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron

Biography

GIL SCOTT-HERON was born in Chicago in 1949. For over forty years he has been opening eyes, minds and souls with his remarkable music and poetry. A highly influential and widely admired singer, proto-rapper, jazz pianist, published poet, novelist and socio-political commentator, Scott-Heron remains a unique and major figure in global music and with over fifteen albums to his name, his politically charged output has won him an international following. His work illuminates a philosophy of life that holds human affection as well as political and artistic responsibility as the underlying factors that inspire his writing. He died on May 27 2011 and with his passing goes one of the giants of twentieth century music.

  • Gil performs 'The Other Side'

    GIL SCOTT-HERON

    Watch exclusive footage from a partnership between Canongate and Ridley Scott Associates London, of Gil Scott-Heron’s haunting performance of The Other Side.

  • Happy Birthday Gil Scott-Heron

    GIL SCOTT-HERON

    Two very special audio clips to mark the late musician's birthday, on April 1st.

  • In conversation

    GIL SCOTT-HERON

    Inside the mind of the late, great, 'godfather of rap'.

  • On John Lennon

    GIL SCOTT-HERON

    An exclusive chapter and audio extract from The Last Holiday.

  • Gil awarded a Grammy

    GIL SCOTT-HERON

    The legendary musician is awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy.

  • Gil's graffiti memorial

    GIL SCOTT-HERON

    Graffiti artist ADW creates a visual tribute to Gil Scott-Heron.

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    GIL SCOTT-HERON

    £10 off the hardback when you buy this beautiful limited edition print.

  • skinny review

    The Skinny review

    GIL-SCOTT HERON

    Read culture mag The Skinny's review of The Last Holiday.

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