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Music, All Shook Down Listen: Lyrics Born Updates Gil Scott-Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"

Listen: Lyrics Born Updates Gil Scott-Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"

Lyrics Born is one of the most prolific members of the Bay Area's indie hip-hop community, between his collaborations with Lateef the Truthspeaker as Latyryx, guest spots and production credits with other locals like Blackalicious, and his steady stream of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Strange New Worlds

Strange New Worlds

In 1969, in one of the final episodes of the original Star Trek series, the writers beamed hippies aboard the Enterprise. Hippies. In Stardate 5832.3. "The Way to Eden" begins when freethinking young people try to escape the Enterprise in…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Buffalo Springfield kicked off its first tour in more than 40 years at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Old songs were recast with new arrangements, Neil Young joked about forgetting the jokes he was supposed to tell, and…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Gil Scott-Heron 1949-2011

R.I.P. Gil Scott-Heron 1949-2011

Poet, author, proto-rapper, and political soul/jazz singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron died Friday, May 27, aged 62. The cause of death has not been confirmed, but the BBC has reported that he had fallen ill after a visit to Europe.…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Gil Scott-Heron at Yoshi's

Last Night: Gil Scott-Heron at Yoshi's

Gil Scott-Heron
 Tuesday, March 16, 2010 
Yoshi's 
Better than: Anything on TV Gil Scott-Heron is old. For those born in the 1980s, you might have heard his "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" for the first time in a Nike commercial, which is…
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Music, Gil Scott-Heron's evolution (will not be televised)

Gil Scott-Heron's evolution (will not be televised)

Gil Scott-Heron's voice has been reverberating for 40 years. He burst onto the scene in 1970 with the spoken-word album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, which contained the rallying cry "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." The vox-and-bongos song…
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Calendar, Night&Day Barry White Meets Noam Chomsky

Barry White Meets Noam Chomsky

Singer, poet, and composer Gil Scott-Heron’s hot, silky voice could only come from a true soul guru, making it even more surprising when it rubs up against his sometimes startling lyrical material. No one has ever made anti-nuclear concerns sexy,…
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Music, Poetic emcee Ise Lyfe coulda been a gangsta

Poetic emcee Ise Lyfe coulda been a gangsta

If you crossed the social awareness of '70s jazzy wordsmith Gil Scott-Heron with the slick-tongued slang of Too $hort, you might end up with someone like Ise Lyfe. Unabashedly conscious, yet as identified with the 'hood as any "G," at…
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Culture, Stage Get On the Bus

Get On the Bus

The best-known part of Surface Transit may be what Sarah Jones calls her "song/poem," "Your Revolution," performed by one of her characters in the final scene. Jones filed and won a lawsuit against the FCC when it tried to ban…
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Words of Wisdom

Sarah Jones has the uncanny ability to slip in and out of identities the way most of us change our clothes, but her knack for impressions has little to do with physical appearances. A New York-based poet, performance artist, and…
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The House of Tudor

At 45, Gil Scott-Heron can indulge in the smile lines that mark the progress of his three children, but 25 years of unceasing social awareness has left its mark also: His thick hair has turned an untimely, grandfatherly gray, and…
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