September 1, 2014

Entertainment

Sunday Open Thread: Eric B and Rakim Musical Brunch

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Eric B. & Rakim were an American hip hop duo, composed of DJ Eric B. (born Eric Barrier, November 8, 1965) and MC Rakim(born William Michael Griffin Jr., January 28, 1968). Hailing from Long Island, New York, the duo were referred to by the … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Gil Scott-Heron

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Influence Scott-Heron's work has influenced writers, academics and musicians, from indie rockers to rappers. His work during the 1970's influenced and helped engender subsequent African-American music genres, such as hip-hop and neo-soul. He has … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Gil Scott Heron

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Death Scott-Heron died on the afternoon of May 27, 2011, at St. Luke's Hospital, New York City, after becoming ill upon returning from a European trip. Scott-Heron had confirmed previous press speculation about his health, when he disclosed in a … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Gil Scott Heron

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Prison terms and more performing In 2001, Scott-Heron was sentenced to one to three years imprisonment in a New York State prison for possession of cocaine. While out of jail in 2002, he appeared on the Blazing Arrow album by Blackalicious. He was … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Gil Scott Heron

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Recording Career, Con't Scott-Heron recorded and released only four albums during the 1980s: 1980 and Real Eyes (1980), Reflections (1981) and Moving Target (1982). In February 1982, Ron Holloway joined the ensemble to play tenor saxophone. He … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Gil Scott Heron

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Recording Career Scott-Heron began his recording career in 1970 with the LP Small Talk at 125th and Lenox. Bob Thiele of Flying Dutchman Records produced the album, and Scott-Heron was accompanied by Eddie Knowles and Charlie Saunders on conga and … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Gil Scott Heron Week

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This week open threads will highlight Gil Scott Heron's works. Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet,  musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the … [Read more...]