Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Back in 1970, Scott-Heron’s poem set to music was meaning that a revolution was going to happen, live, and not like a television rerun, with breaks for commercials. Then, the transitory distractions of popular programs will seem trivial; get off your couch and participate.

What this revolution will bring is not discussed; we can assume, given the times, Scott-Heron’s paradigm shift would be about racial equality.

Many other artists have called for indeterminate revolutions (Queenryche, Revolution Calling), ideological ones (Tracy Chapman, Talkin’ Bout A Revolution), youthful ones (Kim Wilde, Kids In America) and revolutions of sexual identity and acceptance (Lady Gaga, Born This Way)…

But what is a revolution?: The Clash, Revolution Rock.

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