Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron


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in Chicago, Illinois, The United States
April 01, 1949

Died
May 27, 2011

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Gilbert Scott Heron was born in 1949. His mother was a librarian and his father a soccer player from Jamaica. In his youth Heron displayed both sporting prowess and academic ability (he won a place at Pennsylvania Lincoln University, like his role model Langston Hughes, the Harlem Renaissance man). But he quit college after the first year to write his first novel, The Vulture (1970). While Heron was writing this the ferment of black politics and student radicalism was coming to a head, and his second novel The Nigger Factory (1972) reflects these developments.
Heron has been more adventurous in his work as a musician and rapper.

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The Last Holiday: A Memoir

3.85 avg rating — 529 ratings — published 2012 — 10 editions
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The Vulture

3.76 avg rating — 284 ratings — published 1970 — 13 editions
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Now and Then...

4.37 avg rating — 150 ratings — published 2000 — 3 editions
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The Nigger Factory

3.77 avg rating — 164 ratings — published 1972 — 8 editions
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The Vulture & The Nigger Fa...

3.91 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 1999 — 3 editions
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So Far, So Good

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Small Talk at 125th and Lenox

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Two of a Kind

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Poems for a World Gone to Sh*t

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“Because I always feel like running
Not away, because there is no such place
Because if there was, I would have found it by now
Because it's easier to run,
Easier than staying and finding out you're the only one who didn't run
Because running will be the way your life and mine will be described,
As in "the long run"
Or as in having "given someone a run for his money"
Or as in "running out of time"
Because running makes me look like everyone else, though I hope there will never be cause for that
Because I will be running in the other direction, not running for cover
Because if I knew where cover was, I would stay there and never have to run for it
Not running for my life, because I have to be running for something of more value to be running and not in fear
Because the thing I fear cannot be escaped, eluded, avoided, hidden from, protected from, gotten away from,
Not without showing the fear as I see it now
Because closer, clearer, no sir, nearer
Because of you and because of that nice
That you quietly, quickly be causing
And because you're going to see me run soon and because you're going to know why I'm running then
You'll know then
Because I'm not going to tell you now”
Gil Scott-Heron, Now and Then...

“Man is a complex being: he makes deserts bloom - and lakes die.”
Gil Scott-Heron

“All the dreams you show up in are not your own.”
Gil Scott-Heron

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