It’s been 8 years since the legendary poet, composer and performer Gil Scott-Heron passed away. There is no better way to honour his legacy than by listening to his work. This tribute mix is several cuts above the usual RIP Soundcloud fodder, thanks to the uncanny soundscape-gifts of its creator: Barry Adamson, the founding member of The Bad Seeds and soundtrack-wizard who collaborated on several David Lynch films. (Don’t know him? Start with “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “The Man With the Golden Arm”.) Focusing heavily on Gil Scott-Heron’s later work, he somehow makes even classics like “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” sound as unflinching and fresh as they must have when they first came out decades ago.
It’s been 8 years since Gil Scott-Heron has left us. And as I sit here writing this in the heart of Europe, it’s also been two days since 1 in 5 people in the area where I grew up voted for an alt-right party that wants to actively block the freedom and pursuit of happiness of a large portion of my friends and family, just because of their appearance, religion or sexuality. “Home is Where The Hatred Is (Home Is Filled With Pain)” sounds distressingly relevant today, as do the lyrics to “The Needle’s Eye” (also included in this mix):
“A brand new sense of freedom
A brand new sense of time
Him may go and stand alone now
And leave the hate and fear behind
People wake up every morning
And simply push their lives aside
They seem to carry all their feelings
Crushed and crumbled up inside
Inside, inside, inside
Him who don't fit through the needle's eye
Him may someday go insane
Insane, insane, insane
Thank you, Gil Scott-Heron. We will try to do better.
An original mix for Crack Magazine.
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