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“Eφυγε‘ το απόγευμα της Παρασκευής 27/5 σε ένα νοσοκομείο του Μανχάτταν στη Νέα Υόρκη, σε ηλικία 62 ετών. Τον είπαν «νονό του rap», «μαύρο Bob Dylan», το σίγουρο είναι πως με τον συνδυασμό jazz, soul, μινιμαλιστικών ρυθμών, spoken word και -έντονα κοινωνικοπολιτικά φορτισμένης- υψηλής ποίησης, ο Gil Scott-Heron επηρέασε, όσο ελάχιστοι, την εξέλιξη των πραγμάτων από το blues ως το hip hop.

Εγραψε το «The Revolution Will Not Be Televised» το 1970 στο Χάρλεμ. Το κομμάτι περιλαμβάνεται στον δίσκο Small Talk at 125th and Lenox. Οι στίχοι του:

 
You will not be able to stay home, brother.

You will not be able to plug in, turn on and drop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,
Skip out for beer during commercials
Because the revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
In 4 parts without commercial interruption.
The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
Blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John Mitchell,
General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat
Hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary.

The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will be brought to you by the Schaefer Award Theatre and
will not star Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia.
The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.
The revolution will not get rid of the nubs.
The revolution will not make you look five pounds
Thinner, because The revolution will not be televised, Brother.

There will be no pictures of you and Willie Mays
Pushing that cart down the block on the dead run,
Or trying to slide that color television into a stolen ambulance.
NBC will not predict the winner at 8:32or the count from 29 districts.

The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
Brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of young being
Run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process
There will be no slow motion or still life of
Roy Wilkens strolling through Watts in a red, black and
Green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
For just the right occasion
Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, and
Hooterville Junction will no longer be so damned relevant,
andWomen will not care if Dick finally gets down with
Jane on Search for Tomorrow because Black people
will be in the street looking for a brighter day.

The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no highlights on the eleven o’clock News
and no pictures of hairy armed women Liberationists and
Jackie Onassis blowing her nose.
The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb, Francis Scott Key,
nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash,
Englebert Humperdink, or the Rare Earth.

The revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be right back after a message
About a whitetornado, white lightning, or white people.
You will not have to worry about a germ on your Bedroom,
a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that cause bad breath.
The revolution WILL put you in the driver’s seat.
The revolution will not be televised,

WILL not be televised,WILL NOT BE TELEVISED.

The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
The revolution will be live.

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…Παρά λίγο να χάσουμε το Τόκιο, αυτή τη φορά. Πόσες φορές, αλήθεια, απομένουν μέχρι να συνειδητοποιήσουμε το βάρος που προκαλεί στον πλανήτη η ανθρώπινη απληστία… Παρά λίγο να χάσουμε το Ντιτρόιτ, τότε… Το τραγούδι γίνεται επίκαιρο ξανά, έπειτα από το πυρηνικό ατύχημα στο Τσέρνομπιλ το 1986 και τώρα με τις συνέπειες της τήξης του αντιδραστήρα στο πυρηνικό εργοστάσιο της Φουκοσίμα στην Ιαπωνία. Αφορμή στον Γκιλ Σκοτ Χέρον έδωσε η έκρηξη της 5ης Oκτωβρίου του 1966 στον πυρηνικό αντιδραστήρα Enrico Fermi 1 στο Monroe County του Michigan. Το «We Almost Lost Detroit» περιλαμβάνεται στον δίσκο «Bridges» των Gil Scott-Heron και Brian Jackson από το 1977. Εδώ, σε συναυλία του Gil Scott-Heron με τους Amnesia Express στο Town & Country Club του Λονδίνου στις 14 Μαρτίου 1990.

Oι στίχοι:

Ιt stands out on a highway

like a Creature from another time.

It inspires the babies’ questions,
«What’s that?»
For their mothers as they ride.
But no one stopped to think about the babies
or how they would survive,
and we almost lost Detroit
this time.
How would we ever get over
loosing our minds?
Just thirty miles from Detroit
stands a giant power station.
It ticks each night as the city sleeps
seconds from anniahlation.
But no one stopped to think about the people
or how they would survive,
and we almost lost Detroit
this time.
How would we ever get over
over loosing our minds?
The sherrif of Monroe county had,
sure enough disasters on his mind,
and what would karen Silkwood say
if she was still alive?
That when it comes to people’s safety
money wins out every time.
and we almost lost Detroit
this time, this time.
How would we ever get over
over loosing our minds?
You see, we almost lost Detroit
that time.
Almost lost Detroit
that time.
And how would we ever get over…
Cause odds are,
we gonna loose somewhere, one time.
Odds are
we gonna loose somewhere sometime.
And how would we ever get over
loosing our minds?
And how would we ever get over
loosing our minds?
Didn’t they, didn’t they decide?
Almost lost Detroit
that time.
Damn near totally destroyed,
one time.
Didn’t all of the world know?
Say didn’t you know?
Didn’t all of the world know?
Say didn’t you know?
We almost lost Detroit…

Και…  ΕΔΩ δείτε μερικές πολύ όμορφες εικόνες  του 2010 από την Matsushima στην περιφέρεια του Miyagi – επίκεντρο του πρόσφατου πυρηνικού ολοκαυτώματος στην Ιαπωνία. Από τον Go Kαtayama, freelancer φωτογράφο με έδρα το Πεκίνο.

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..Το remix από τον Jamie XX. Περισσότερα στο …werenewhere.com

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