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Now And Then - Gil Scott-Heron

Paperback Published: 17th April 2000
ISBN: 9780862419004
Number Of Pages: 144

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One glance at Now and Then and it becomes evident that this is not merely a collection of a songwriter's lyrics. The song-poems of this undisputed "bluesologist" triumphantly stand on their own, evoking the rhythm and urgency which have distinguished Gil Scott-Heron's career.

This, the first ever collection of his poems to be published in Britain, carries the reader from the global topics of political hypocrisy and the dangers posed by capitalist culture to painfully personal themes and the realities of modern day life. His message is black, political, historically accurate, urgent, uncompromising and mature and as relevant now as it was when he started, back in the early seventies.

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* Accessible, intelligent, rhythmic writing which makes poetry seem worthwhile again The List * Some of the funniest and most literate lyrics in all music ... From deadpan attacks on racism to withering sarcasm about the Great Society; from Chomskian rants to parodies of media shallowness - every line comes coated in a sardonically witty turn of phrase. Time Out * A poet and polemicist whose lyrics have inspired and galvanised generations. GQ

Introduction: Words are for the Mind
Coming from a Broken Homep. 1
The 'Movie' Poemsp. 7
'B' Movie Introductionp. 8
'B' Movie - The Poemp. 10
Re-Ronp. 13
Space Shuttlep. 17
Whitey on the Moonp. 21
Black Historyp. 22
Dr. Kingp. 25
A Toast to the Peoplep. 27
The Worldp. 28
Work for Peacep. 29
What You See Ain't What You Goetzp. 32
Thought Outp. 35
Give Her a Callp. 37
Lady's Songp. 38
The 'Goldfinger Affair'p. 39
The Oldest Reason in the Worldp. 42
Is that Jazz?p. 44
Lady Day and John Coltranep. 46
Notes from Reflection on Free Willp. 47
Plastic Pattern Peoplep. 48
Writer's Notep. 50
Spiritsp. 51
Inner City Bluesp. 52
Canep. 55
We Almost Lost Detroitp. 56
I Think I'll Call It Morningp. 57
Lovely Dayp. 58
Beginningsp. 59
No Knockp. 60
Billy Green is Deadp. 61
Winter in Americap. 62
The Bottlep. 64
When Your Girlfriend has a Better Friendp. 66
Pieces of a Manp. 68
Notes from First Minute of a New Dayp. 69
Small Talk at 125th and Lenoxp. 70
Paint it Blackp. 71
Bridgingp. 72
Alienp. 73
Johannesburgp. 75
The Vulturep. 76
The Revolution Will Not Be Televisedp. 77
H[subscript 2]O Gate (Watergate) Blues (with intro)p. 80
We Beg Your Pardon, Americap. 86
The Ghetto Codep. 91
Bicentennial Bluesp. 96
Message to the Messengersp. 102
Speed Killsp. 106
The New Dealp. 107
Tuskeegee # 626p. 109
King Henry IVp. 110
A Poem for Jose Campos Torresp. 113
Don't Give Upp. 116
Discography/Bibliographyp. 118
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ISBN: 9780862419004
ISBN-10: 086241900X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 17th April 2000
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.19