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Gil Scott-Heron: At Brixton Academy

Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, 1984

A VENUE FOR MUSIC less conducive and more forlorn and wretched than this superannuated Brixton corridor called The Academy is not lightly imaginable. You would ...

Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson: Winter in America (Charly)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, July 2005

A MASTERWORK of ghetto melancholia and stark political gravitas, Winter in America showcases Scott-Heron and Jackson at their most witheringly unsentimental but also their most ...

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Gil Scott-Heron (1986)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1986

Scott-Heron talks about music and politics, Reron and B Movie, Sun City, Clive Davis and Arista/RCA, and ruminates on favourites old and new.

File format: mp3; file size: 18.1mb, interview length: 19' 42" sound quality: * (phoner)

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Gil Scott-Heron: Survival Kits on Wax

Profile and Interview by Sheila Weller, Rolling Stone, January 1975

NEW YORK – At the age of 25, he has to his credit two published novels, one published collection of poetry and four albums of ...

Gil Scott-Heron

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, NME, August 1975

THERE'S NOTHING NEW about black anger. It's run through the whole of black music from the blues onwards, finding perhaps its most forthright expression (in ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Good Evening, Here Is The News

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1976

The 'Jo'burg' man has a reputation for telling it like it is. However, John Abbey had his pre conceived notions of Gil completely and pleasantly ...

Gil Scott-Heron: London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, February 1976

"HEY, BRIAN, it's sold out – there's a line in front of the theatre!" That's one of the Midnight Band's glamorous female entourage calling out ...

Gil Scott-Heron: And now, for a fascinating and demanding dialogue...

Interview by Cliff White, NME, March 1976

Learn more about yourself and about the problem facing our society today in this week's... GIL SCOTT-HERON LECTURE ...

Gil Scott-Heron: You Won't Be Able to Tune In, Turn On and Cop Out...

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, April 1976

Davitt Sigerson goes to New York to rap with the angry poet of revolution, Gil Scott-Heron ...

Gil Scott-Heron

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, LA Vanguard, May 1976

Gil Scott-Heron is a striking exception to the prevailing opinion in the record industry that music is solely an entertainment medium, a vital counterforce to ...

Gil Scott-Heron And Brian Jackson: It's Your World (Arista) ****

Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, November 1976

WITH IT'S Your World – his fourth English but sixth American album – Gil Scott-Heron takes another step in carving out his singular niche as ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Bridges

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, January 1978

DID THEY really get what they wanted? They being black Americans. Gil Scott-Heron doesn't think so. He thinks that what they got came only on ...

Gil Scott-Heron

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1981

GIL SCOTT-HERON was widely viewed as a potential superstar in 1974 when he became the first performer signed by Clive Davis at Arista Records. The ...

Gil Scott-Heron: The Homeland Is Where The Hatred Is

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, NME, March 1982

JUST ONE CHANGE of buses, and the sound stages of Century City, Ca., where platinum-plated cowboys bite the props department dust, are replaced by the ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Moving Target (Arista)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1982

GIL SCOTT-HERON is one of the most quietly effective performers currently working in popular music: his cool, firm underplaying makes the listener want to move ...

Shooting from the Hip: Gil Scott-Heron

Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, June 1983

With verse and music slung from his belt, GILSCOTT-HERON is making his stand against the Cowboy. Some people accuse him of being right on. But ...

Gil Scott-Heron/John Cooper Clarke: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, March 1984

SCOTT-HERON OF THE ANTARCTIC ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Beam Me Up (Scotty)

Interview by Lynden Barber, NME, March 1984

HIS BEARD a jungle of burnt spaghetti and his clothes an apparent assortment of ill-fitting jumble bargains, Gil Scott-Heron cuts a less than (shall we ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Word War Fighter

Report by Len Brown, NME, July 1986

Prophet, poet and rap pioneer GIL SCOTT-HERON was calling for sanctions against South Africa a decade ago in his hit ‘Johannesburg’. Currently due to appear ...

Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson: Brothers In Arms

Retrospective and Interview by James Maycock, MOJO, December 2003

IN THE LATE afternoon of 4th April, 1968, Martin Luther King was shot through the neck on the balcony of Memphis' Lorraine Motel. Pronounced ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Chasing The Heron

Report and Interview by James Maycock, Times, The, July 2004

"I'M ADDICTED to creating," mutters a grizzled, slightly stoned Gil Scott-Heron. "I use other things from time to time." It's late afternoon on Friday 3rd ...

Gil Scott-Heron: I'm New Here

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, November 2009

Rather than treating them like national treasures, let's hope musicians stretch their prejudices about what older artists can do ...

Gil Scott-Heron: The Vulture

Book Review by Leyla Sanai, Rock's Backpages, January 2010

FATHER OF hip–hop, granddaddy of rap, articulate polemicist and early pioneer of the fusion of black politics with poetry and music, Gil Scott–Heron has been ...

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