With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

Music trivia, useless info, extra added random stuff and the odd rant from me

“The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb, Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, Englebert Humperdinck, or the Rare Earth” May 28, 2011


News broke earlier today that the immensely talented Gil Scott-Heron passed away yesterday in New York aged just 62. He fell ill after returning from a European trip. He was perhaps more poet than anything else, but was also seen as a pioneer of rap and hip hop with his mainly spoken word recordings. In fact his first album came about after his first book of poetry was published and he suggested to his publisher that it would be a good idea to record a backing for his readings of his words.

He also had a great talent for intelligent and clever protest in his lyrics. Classics of that genre would be songs like “The Revolution Will Not be Televised” which is still quite pertinent today. The first time I ever heard anything by him was when I heard “Johannesburg” on the radio in 1976. That was probably my first experience of what apartheid was all about as well and added to my political views, which were very much shaped by the music I listened to in my formative years; Marvin Gaye, Temptations, Bob Marley, The Clash and John Lennon among others.

He worked regularly with Brian Jackson who helped provide the fusion of soul and jazz that backed a lot of Scott-Heron’s work. After a couple of spells in prison for cocaine possession and alleged parole violation he returned with an excellent new album early last year. The album was ironically titled ‘I’m New Here‘ and received widespread acclaim. A remix of the album retitled ‘We’re New Here’ was done in collaboration with Jamie Smith aka Jamie xx of the band the xx.

He has been described as the Godfather of Rap and the black Bob Dylan. His influence runs very wide and he will be sorely missed. My condolences go to his family, friends and all his fans around the world. Gil Scott-Heron RIP. I would like you to celebrate his life with some of his greatest songs, well my ten favourites at least. Let me know what you thought of Gil’s work.

 

 
Under 5 minute & Smartphone festival

Festival occurring 6 times a year that showcases the best of short films under 5 minutes from around the world. Films get showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival. NEW: Now showcasing Smartphone movies!

nickclaussen.com

6 Nick Claussen blog posts are equal to 24 regular posts!

Rubbish Talk

I read, I write, I sketch. For fun.

Scruffy Theory

Out of context or in, it's all the same to me

Coco Crisp's Afro

We prattle on about the past and future of Oakland A's baseball with a rock n' roll rebellious spirit and an eternal love for Milton Bradley.

York Calling

Promoting Music & The Arts in York & Beyond

KDAVID

A comprehensive review of contemporary issues

Frank Hudson

The Parlando Project - Where Music and Words Meet

Slow News City

Downwind Of The Blast Site

irevuo

art. popular since 10,000 BC

Last Flying Cow

Life, love and alienation along the way...

Midnight Harmony

Searching for harmony in the real world. WELCOME!

New Lune

A blog full of tips, inspiration and freebies!

UK Psychobilly Archive & Gig Guide (Alcoholic Rats)

UK psychobilly archives, gig listings, band pages, features & interviews from 1980s to 2020s

bishat1960 ®

❤️ Knowledge empowers 🖤

%d bloggers like this: