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Revolution Will Not Be Televised / Gil Scott-Heron Jailed

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Persuasive talk is more than words, but is the very passion, rhythm, and music with which those words are presented. One of my favorite passionate vocal messengers is Gil Scott-Heron, who proclaimed that the revolution will not be televised:

"The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox

The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon

Mitchell, General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat

hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary.

The revolution will not be televised."

Recently, I checked out what Gil Scott-Heron has been up to. I learned that he was jailed for two to four years this year in New York, having been sentenced for a probation violation finding.

I have insufficient information to give much of an opinion about this probation violation situation. Perhaps this unfortunate experience will lead Gil to spread all the more of a persuasive message about the dysfunctions of the prison and criminal justice system.

Letters of support can be sent to Gil at this address:

Collins Correctional Facility
Gil Scott-Heron, #06R3165
P. O. Box
340 Middle Road
Collins, NY 14034

Jon Katz