Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron

Photo Credit: Mischa Richter

In a musical career spanning five decades, from Small Talk at 125th and Lenox to I’m New Here, Gil Scott-Heron (1949-2011) released twenty albums and many seminal singles including ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,’ ‘Home Is Where the Hatred Is,’ ‘Winter in America,’ ‘B Movie,’ ‘Johan­nesburg,’ and ‘Lady Day and John Coltrane.’ He was also the author of three previous books two novels, The Vulture and The Nigger Factory and Now and Then: The Poems of Gil Scott- Heron.



Words have been important to me for as long as I can remember. Their sound, their construction, their origins

The Last Holiday

Gil Scott-Heron

Canongate’s own Jamie Byng interview’s Gil Scott-Heron in 2010. This year would have marked Gil’s 68th birthday. His posthumously published, indelible memoir The Last Holiday is now a Canon.