Brand New Biography On Gil Scott-Heron Published
November 11th (St Martin's)
Eminem. Elvis Costello. Prince. Mos Def. Clive Davis. LCD Soundsystem. Kanye West. These are but a few of the musicians influenced by legendary musician Gil Scott-Heron. But despite his lasting influence, Scott-Heron’s legacy has largely flown under the radar—until now.
In GIL SCOTT-HERON: Pieces of a Man (St. Martin’s, November 11), Marcus Baram offers the first biography of the musical legend, which Booklist calls an “exacting, intimate, and sensitive portrait [that] preserves and honors Scott-Herron’s unique genius and essential legacy.” Newsweek has a fascinating excerpt from the book today, in which legendary producer Clive Davis compares the first time he saw Scott-Heron perform to his experience first hearing Whitney Houston and Patti Smith.
Largely regarded as the godfather of hip-hop, Scott-Heron maintained a cult following throughout his life, even as he grappled with the personal demons that fueled so many of his lyrics and eventually lend to his death in 2011. Based on unprecedented, exclusive access to Scott-Heron, his friends, collaborators and his entire family, GIL SCOTT-HERON traces the volatile journey of a trouble musical genius. From southern roots in Tennessee to New York City, Baram charts Scott-Heron's twisted path to redemption and enduring fame, putting the complicated icon into full focus.
Gil Scot - Heron was a groundbreaking artist who influences run through Rock, Soul, Jazz, and Hip Hop. It was a two way street and many artists from all those genres acknowledge their debt to Gil Scott Heron.Possibly one of the most important artist of the seventies and certainly an artist who left a huge recorded legacy. We at Classic Rock Radio are looking forward to the publication of this book but in the meantime check out the video below