This is the only way I can allow myself to think of him. A Vibrant, Energetic, Articulate FORCE to be reckoned with. Heron was already an accomplished author before ever recording a word. Considering the permanent impression the Black Panther Movement was able to leave upon the face of American culture, it is mind blowing to me that his music was the soundtrack for it. Any documentary footage of course seems dated, but Heron’s recordings still hit you like you were front and center.
Later in life Gil Scott Heron would fall prey to many of the same COINTELPRO initiatives that ripped through the Black Panther Party. He would achieve fame as well as infamy as he did battle with his own personal demons. Still, no matter what he put himself through personally, his artistic merits will never be in question. It all became fodder for his brilliant writings. Gil Scott Heron Will Never Die