Favorite Protest Songs #10 - "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"

@teamfreak16 (40456)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
September 20, 2016 5:12pm CST
Yes, it's another music series, this time it will take one of my favorite kinds of music: protest songs. #10 of my Favorite Protest Songs series is none other than Gil Scott-Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." Gil Scott-Heron began recording in 1969, and continued up until his death in 2011. He was a singer/spoken word poet, as well as an artist. His songs were politically charged, with protest songs aplenty. My favorite of his is perhaps his most popular, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." The song was inspired by incidents at Lincoln University, where he was a student, as well as schools such as Kent State. The song is a call to action, in hopes that disgruntled students would get out and do something to make a difference. He also manages to blast TV commercials as part of his point. As far as I'm concerned, this is a classic tune, and one of my favorite protest songs.
Gil Scott Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Pieces of a Man (1971) Flying Dutchman/RCA - New York Johnny Pate - conductor Brian Jackson - piano Ro...
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• Eugene, Oregon
20 Sep 16
Though I have heard his name, I don't believe that I ever listened to him before. This is a killer protest song. I stayed tuned for "Inner City Blues" as well, another great song.
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@teamfreak16 (40456)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
20 Sep 16
Both classics. I do these for my own amusement, so it's nice when someone likes it.
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• Eugene, Oregon
21 Sep 16
@teamfreak16 I am a old protester of the Vietnam War (after I got out of the Army).
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@TheHorse (61920)
• Pleasant Hill, California
21 Sep 16
@JamesHxstatic My older brother was pretty much the same. Paratrooper out of Fort Bragg, I think.
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@TRBRocks420 (73500)
• Banks, Oregon
20 Sep 16
I am with Alfredo this one goes back a couple of spells, his name does sound familiar though.
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@teamfreak16 (40456)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
20 Sep 16
I like to listen to this every so often. He was great.
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@amadeo (61278)
• United States
20 Sep 16
It has been awhile hearing this.Not sure which one I like.this goes back a spell there.
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@teamfreak16 (40456)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
20 Sep 16
I'm glad you've heard it. A lot of the stuff I post, no one has.
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@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
21 Sep 16
I knew the title, but had never heard it before
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@teamfreak16 (40456)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
21 Sep 16
What did you think?
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@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
21 Sep 16
@teamfreak16 Makes me think of 60s music
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@teamfreak16 (40456)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
21 Sep 16
@Ronrybs - 1971. Pretty close.
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@crossbones27 (18510)
• Redlands, California
21 Sep 16
Awesome, love music like this that stands for something. Try to make music like this now and people get all bent all out of shape.
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@teamfreak16 (40456)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
21 Sep 16
Even just protesting with words and they do. Look what happened to The Dixie Chicks after Natalie Maines criticized President Bush.
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@TheHorse (61920)
• Pleasant Hill, California
21 Sep 16
@teamfreak16 The Dixie Chicks are great! And yes, I like their 'tude.
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• Eugene, Oregon
22 Sep 16
@TheHorse I went out and bought their album after the boycott was announced. They were gutsy!
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• Preston, England
21 Sep 16
great song to launch the list with
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@teamfreak16 (40456)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
21 Sep 16
Thanks! I thought so. It's too classic to not use it.
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• Preston, England
21 Sep 16
@teamfreak16 absolutely - it would certainly be on my list of revolution and protest songs
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