Gil Scott Heron - The Last Holiday (A Memoir) (2nd Hand Paperback)
Subtitled : A Memoir.
In the autumn of 1980, Stevie Wonder invited Gil Scott-Heron and his band to join him on a forty-one-city tour across America. The purpose of the tour, which included a major rally in Washington on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday, was to galvanise popular support for the creation of a national holiday in honour of the great civil rights leader. The Last Holiday is Scott-Heron's fascinating account of what took place and how he came to be there.
Raised by his grandmother in Tennessee, Scott-Heron's journey from humble beginnings to becoming one of the most uncompromising and influential songwriters of his generation is a remarkable one. Politically savvy and socially conscious, savagely satirical yet deeply compassionate, he is regularly cited as the godfather of rap, and his unexpected death in May 2011 marked the loss of one of the world's most eloquent musicians. In the words of Sarah Silverman, 'he mirrored ugliness with beauty, audacity and valour'. Chuck D of Public Enemy remarked, 'we do what we do and how we do because of you', and Eminem felt that 'he influenced all of hip-hop'.
A heartfelt and beautifully written memoir, The Last Holiday is full of bright insights into the music industry, New York, the civil-rights movement, modern America, governmental hypocrisy, Stevie Wonder and our wider place in the world.
It is also a fitting testament to the generous brilliance of Gil Scott-Heron and to the Spirits that have guided him.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - Autobiography & Biography
- Published : 2017 (Canongate Books)
- ISBN : 9781786890252
- SKU : B002855
- PPC : LL300gm
- RRP : £10.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
'Leave it to Scott-Heron to save some of his best for last. This posthumously published memoir is an elegiac culmination to his musical and literary career. He's a real writer, a word man, and it is as wriggling and vital in its way as Bob Dylan's Chronicles: Volume One.' - New York Times.
"A delight, full of with and alliteration and studded with passages of verse . . . it is a heartbreaking read as the last testament of a much-loved man, but it should certainly be read." - Herald.
"An impressively lucid book . . . both candid and guarded . . . his final admissions are heart-rending." - Metro.
"Gil Scott-Heron is timeless." - New York Times.
"For more than two decades, [Gil Scott-Heron] has been committed to examining those facts of the human condition that most of us would rather forget . . . he is an artist who has crafted witty but crucial insights for Black America." - Washington Post.
"One of the great pioneers of late-twentieth-century music." - Independent.
"The formative incidents of Scott-Heron's life are placed in their cultural and historical contexts with great delicacy and precision." - Ben Thompson, Sunday Telegraph.
"Scott-Heron's memoir comes beautifully to life when talking about other musicians." - Tom Horan. The Telegraph Review.
Gilbert Scott-Heron was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken-word performer in the 1970's and 1980's.
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