Peace go with you brother
Gil Scott-Heron, 1949-2011
Rest in peace to one of my personal favorites. Starting out as an angy young poet, Gil Scott-Heron grew into one of the premier socially and politically aware artists of the seventies. He recorded around twenty albums, and most of those are essential in my book. He not only managed to combine his message with some great songwriting skills, but he was very much a human being – insecure, angry, melancholic, happy and confused.. often on one and the same album. His later years saw him succumb to drug addiction, a thing he so sternly warned for in the seventies. Life always stranger than fiction.
Please get familiar with his body of work if you’re not; both this and this are excellent starting points. You can download a full live set from 1977, featuring Gil and his band at the top of their powers, here.