Sunday, 29 May 2011

Gil Scott-Heron, once more

Good obituary of GSH in the Guardian today. I learned, amongst other things, that if you're British and ever watched TV, you'll have heard him: in one of his lowest periods, he provided the voice for the Tango fizzy drink ads: 'You Know When You've Been Tangoed'.

What a sad but also fascinating story story: going from poet to (excellent) novelist to musician to ad-whore, and back to music before dying at 62.

Here's a little more contrasting examples of his work: the seminal 'Johannesburg', and the controversial ad, which led to a moral panic…

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