Gil Scott-Heron dies; music pioneer was 62

Gil Scott-Heron, a musician and the author of the song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” — which helped pioneer sounds that would fuse to become rap — died Friday in New York City. He was 62.

Scott-Heron, who mixed minimalistic percussion and spoken-word performances tinged with politics in a style he sometimes referred to as bluesology, recorded “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” in the 1970s in Harlem.

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