The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

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"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
Gill Scott Heron- The Revolution Will Not Be Televised- RCA (Flying Dutchman) 1971.jpg
Single by Gil Scott-Heron
from the album Pieces of a Man
A-side"Home Is Where the Hatred Is"
Released1971
Recorded
Genre
Length3:07
LabelFlying Dutchman
Songwriter(s)Gil Scott-Heron
Producer(s)Bob Thiele
Gil Scott-Heron singles chronology
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
(1971)
"The Bottle"
(1974)
Audio sample
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"

"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" is a poem and song by Gil Scott-Heron. Scott-Heron first recorded it for his 1970 album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, on which he recited the lyrics, accompanied by congas and bongo drums. A re-recorded version, with a full band, was the B-side to Scott-Heron's first single, "Home Is Where the Hatred Is", from his album Pieces of a Man (1971). It was also included on his compilation album, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (1974). All these releases were issued on the Flying Dutchman Productions record label.

The song's title was originally a popular slogan among the 1960s Black Power movements in the United States.[2] Its lyrics either mention or allude to several television series, advertising slogans and icons of entertainment and news coverage that serve as examples of what "the revolution will not" be or do. The song is a response to the spoken-word piece "When the Revolution Comes" by The Last Poets, from their eponymous debut, which opens with the line "When the revolution comes some of us will probably catch it on TV".[3]

It was inducted to the National Recording Registry in 2005.[4]

In 2021, it was ranked at No. 258 on Rolling Stone's "Top 500 Best Songs of All Time".[5]

Cultural references in the poem[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Al Nasir, Abdul Malik (June 6, 2018). "Jalal Mansur Nuriddin: farewell to the 'grandfather of rap'". The Guardian. Archived from the original on June 21, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "The National Recording Registry 2005". The Library of Congress. October 25, 2006. Archived from the original on February 2, 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2007.
  5. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. September 15, 2021. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
  6. ^ Mansnerus, Laura (June 1, 1996). "Timothy Leary, Pied Piper Of Psychedelic 60's, Dies at 75". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 18, 2021. Retrieved October 2, 2009.
  7. ^ Green, Jonathon (2005). Cassell's Dictionary of Slang. Sterling Publishing. p. 1232. ISBN 978-0-304-36636-1. Archived from the original on November 18, 2021. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  8. ^ Dex (May 31, 2005). "Why are the police called cops, pigs, or the fuzz?". The Straight Dope. Archived from the original on April 15, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  9. ^ "Definition of CONK". Merriam-Webster. Archived from the original on February 22, 2022. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  10. ^ Marconi, Joe (1999). The Brand Marketing Book. McGraw-Hill Professional. pp. 108–9. ISBN 0-8442-2257-7.
  11. ^ Mahon, Maureen (2020). Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll. Duke University Press. p. 118. ISBN 978-1-4780-1277-1. Archived from the original on May 22, 2021. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  12. ^ "Eagle Poetry". Archived from the original on October 15, 2020. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  13. ^ "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron-Topic on YouTube". YouTube. Archived from the original on May 13, 2020. Retrieved May 29, 2019.

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