Gil Scott-Heron, uomo contro

 

Gil Scott-Heron (1949-2011)

E’ morto a New York, all’età di 62 anni, Gil Scott-Heron.

Poeta e musicista, icona della cultura afro-americana, lascia una notevole produzione di dischi e libri. E’ considerato il padre del rap: il suo genere musicale nel quale recitava versi su basi musicali scarne, a volte semplici percussioni, venne definito spoken word.

Fu uomo battagliero: combattè contro il nucleare e fu tra i protagonisti del celebre concerto No Nukes che nel 1979  vide la partecipazione di celebri rockstars.

Combattè per i diritti dei neri d’America e contro l’apartheid in Sudafrica. Uno dei suoi libri si intitola The Nigger Factory (La fabbrica dei negri).

Ma combattè anche una battaglia personale contro alcool e droga.

Gil Scott-Heron, uomo contro.

 

Pieces of A Man – Gil Scott-Heron

Jagged jigsaw pieces

Tossed about the room

I saw my Grandma sweeping

With her old straw broom

But she didn’t what she was doing

She could hardly understand

That she was really sweeping up

Pieces of a man

I saw my Daddy greet the mailman

And I heard the mailman say

“Now don’t you take this letter to heart now, Jimmy,

‘Cause they’ve laid off nine others today”

But he didn’t know what he was saying

He could hardly understand

That he was only talking to

Pieces of a man

I saw the thunder and heard the lightning

And felt the burden of his shame

And for some unknown reason

He never turned my way

Pieces of that letter

Were tossed about that room

And now I hear the sound of sirens

Come knifing through the gloom

But they don’t know what they are doing

They could hardly understand

That they’re only arresting

Pieces of a man

I saw him go to pieces

I saw him go to pieces

He was always such a good man

He was always such a strong strong man

Yeah, I saw him go to pieces

I saw him go to pieces

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