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Gil-Scott Heron is a groundbreaking musician/poet whose work was sampled by many hip-hop artists. His song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is one of the most iconic protest songs of all time. Unfortunately, his career – and his genius – was curtailed by drug addiction.

Marcus Baram is the author of Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces Of A Man which was created through over 150 interviews and several years of reporting.

“I first spoke to him back in the 80’s when I was in college. So I didn’t see him when the did the earliest stuff and when I was a schoolteacher in 1991 I went to go see him in concert and was blown away. I basically talked to him backstage. He used to perform at this club in downtown New York and I used to go see him. Years later in 2008, I was a journalist and I profiled him for New York magazine. And then we kind of kept in touch until he passed in 2011.”

Author of Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Pieces of a Man’ Talks Famous Samples, Legendary Work  was originally published on

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