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Gil Scott-Heron: "You Will Not Be Able To Plug In, Turn On, Cop Out"

Mick Brown, Street Life, 7 February 1976

IT'S A mystifying truism that perhaps the most surprising thing about Gil Scott-Heron is that he is still standing very much in the shadows as far as recognition in this country is concerned. Mystifying because Scott-Heron is probably the most vital life-force in black American music today, one of the few contemporary performers to have retained a sense of the impetus which characterised the black political and cultural struggle of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and to have integrated it into a highly populist medium.

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