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Gil Scott Heron Tribute Show

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Tracks from this show:
1) Live intro/Offering
2) Black History
3) The Liberation Song (Red, Black, and Green)
4) Ain't No New Thing
5) The King Alfred Plan
6) Home Is Where The Hatred Is (live)
7) Billy Green Is Dead
8) Beginnings
9) Your Daddy Loves You
10) Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams) (live)
11) Madison Avenue
12) Enough
13) Winter In America
14) Johannesburg
15) The Klan
16) Delta Man (Where I'm Coming From)
17) The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
18) The Bottle (live)
19) Evolution (And Flashback)
20) Angola, Louisiana
21) No Knock
22) We Almost Lost Detroit
23) Blackalicious - First In Flight (featuring Gil Scott-Heron)


Tonight we pay tribute to a mighty voice that influenced what we came to know as hip hop culture. Gil Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949-May 27, 2011) was an American poet, musician, and author known primarily for his late 1960s and early 1970s work as a spoken word soul performer and his collaborative work with musician Brian Jackson. His collaborative efforts with Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues and soul music, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. The music of these albums, most notably Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. Scott-Heron’s recording work is often associated with black militant activism and has received much critical acclaim for one of his most well-known compositions “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. On his influence, Allmusic wrote “Scott-Heron’s unique proto-rap style influenced a generation of hip-hop artists”.