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Gilbert Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken-word performer in the 1970s and 1980s. He had a come back in 2010 with the album “I’m New Here” that was described by one journalist as the “best of the next decade”.
As a starting place the classic “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is a great and interesting piece and the most well known of his works. This piece of poetry mixed with music led to many calling Scott-Heron “The Godfather of Rap”.
Advisory, some of Scott-Heron’s lyrics can be adult in nature so please vet all works before sharing with children.
And for a bit of context here is Scott-Heron talking about the lyric meanings in an interview in the 90s.
For the kids we produced this free coloring sheet as part of our Stuck at Home Schedule series.
Download the PDF here StuckAtHomeSheets-GilScottHeron