Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man - Marcus Baram

If Marvin Gaye was asking “What’s Going On” then it was Gil Scott-Heron that answered it emphatically and with great detail. In his inimitable sing-speak, proto-rap, jazz-funk on songs such as “The Bottle”, “Lady Day and John Coltrane”, “H20Gate Blues”, “Johannesburg”, “New York is Killing Me” and, of course, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” to name but a few he took the world on, broke it down and crystallized its madness. Though Scott-Heron has written a memoir along with his novels, poetry and albums, Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man allows his friends like Stevie Wonder, collaborators like Brian Jackson and admirers like Chuck D to speak about the man, his work and his lasting influence on art, activism and the spoken word.