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One glance at Now and Then and it becomes evident that this is not merely a collection of a songwriter's lyrics. The song-poems of this undisputed "bluesologist" triumphantly stand on their own, evoking the rhythm and urgency which have distinguished Gil Scott-Heron's career.

This, the first ever collection of his poems to be published in Britain, carries the reader from the global topics of political hypocrisy and the dangers posed by capitalist culture to painfully personal ...

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Now and Then

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Overview

One glance at Now and Then and it becomes evident that this is not merely a collection of a songwriter's lyrics. The song-poems of this undisputed "bluesologist" triumphantly stand on their own, evoking the rhythm and urgency which have distinguished Gil Scott-Heron's career.

This, the first ever collection of his poems to be published in Britain, carries the reader from the global topics of political hypocrisy and the dangers posed by capitalist culture to painfully personal themes and the realities of modern day life. His message is black, political, historically accurate, urgent, uncompromising and mature and as relevant now as it was when he started, back in the early seventies.

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"Accessible, intelligent, rhythmic writing which makes poetry seem worthwhile again."  —List

"Some of the funniest and most literate lyrics in all music . . . From deadpan attacks on racism to withering sarcasm about the Great Society; from Chomskian rants to parodies of media shallowness—every line comes coated in a sardonically witty turn of phrase."  —Time Out

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847677440
  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • Publication date: 6/2/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 384,064
  • File size: 331 KB

Meet the Author

A highly influential and widely admired singer, proto-rapper, jazz pianist, poet, novelist, and socio-political commentator, Gil Scott-Heron remains a unique and major figure in global music. With more than 20 albums to his name, his politically charged output has won him an international following.

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Table of Contents



Introduction: Words are for the Mind


Spirituals


Coming from a Broken Home

1



The 'Movie' Poems

7



'B' Movie Introduction

8



'B' Movie - The Poem

10



Re-Ron

13



Space Shuttle

17



Whitey on the Moon

21



Black History

22



Dr. King

25



A Toast to the People

27



The World

28



Work for Peace

29



What You See Ain't What You Goetz

32



Thought Out

35



Give Her a Call

37



Lady's Song

38



The 'Goldfinger Affair'

39



The Oldest Reason in the World

42



Is that Jazz?

44



Lady Day and John Coltrane

46



Notes from Reflection on Free Will

47



Plastic Pattern People

48



Writer's Note

50



Spirits

51



Inner City Blues

52



Cane

55



We Almost Lost Detroit

56



I Think I'll Call It Morning

57



Lovely Day

58



Beginnings

59



No Knock

60



Billy Green is Dead

61



Winter in America

62



The Bottle

64



When Your Girlfriend has a Better Friend

66



Pieces of a Man

68



Notes from First Minute of a New Day

69



Small Talk at 125th and Lenox

70



Paint it Black

71



Bridging

72



Alien

73



Johannesburg

75



The Vulture

76



The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

77



H[subscript 2]O Gate (Watergate) Blues (with intro)

80



We Beg Your Pardon, America

86



The Ghetto Code

91



Bicentennial Blues

96



Message to the Messengers

102



Speed Kills

106



The New Deal

107



Tuskeegee # 626

109



King Henry IV

110



A Poem for Jose Campos Torres

113



Don't Give Up

116



Discography/Bibliography

118

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