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The Last Holiday

A Memoir

In the Fall of 1980, Gil Scott-Heron was invited by Stevie Wonder to join

a forty-one city tour across America that would end in Washington

on January 15, 1981. The purpose was to raise support for the creation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a national holiday to honor the great civil rights leader. This holiday became official in 1986. Scott-Heron uses this history-making tour as the backbone of his fascinating memoir.

Raised by his grandmother in Jackson, Tennessee, Scott-Heron's journey from these beginnings to becoming one of the most influential musicians and songwriters of his generation is a remarkable one. Cited as the godfather of rap, Scott-Heron's poetic output spanned from the politically savvy to the savagely satirical, from the socially conscious to the tenderhearted. His unexpected death in May 2011 robbed America of one its most vocal and articulate artists. Chuck D of Public Enemy said of Scott-Heron, "we do what we do and how we do because of you." From Sarah S

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Praise for "The Last Holiday" "Leave it to Scott-Heron to save some of his best for last. This posthumously published memoir, "The Last Holiday," is an elegiac culmination to his musical and literary career. He's a real writer, a word man, and it is as wriggling and vital in its way as Bob Dylan's "Chronicles: Volume One.""--Dwight Garner, "The New York Times" "A singular triumph. . . . It's [Scott-Heron's] humility, combined with his gift for charming, unforced prose, that makes "The Last Holiday" such a fascinating memoir. . . . In 'Home Is Where the Hatred Is, ' Scott-Heron sang, 'God, but did you ever try / To turn your sick soul inside out / So that the world ... can watch you die?' Most of us haven't; most of us have never had that kind of desperate courage. Gil Scott-Heron did, baring his imperfect soul to the world for decades. We're poorer for his loss, but richer for his words."--Michael Schaub, "NPR.org" "Striking. . . . Vivid. . . . [Scott-Heron's] memoir is distinguished by the beauty of his images."--Rob Tannenbaum, "Rolling Stone" (four-star review) "Gil Scott-Heron's posthumous memoir, "The Last Holiday," plays back the life of a musician whose scorching political writings and recordings reflected the social injustice faced by African-Americans, inspiring today's rappers."--Elissa Schappell, "Vanity Fair" "His tales of growing up in the South and North, of emerging as a writer and then as a singer and musician, are blunt, funny, caustic, fair-minded and occasionally loopy, just like his music."--Jim Higgins, "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" "Much like his poetry, Scott-Heron's style is spare and effective, offering up jagged observations on fame, friendship and political and racial injustice. . . . Engaging and immensely human. And it is made all the more affecting with the knowledge of the calamities that were yet to come."--Fiona Sturges, "The Independent" (UK) "Even after his death, Scott-Heron continue
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Seitenzahl 321
Erscheinungsdatum 01.01.2012
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-8021-2901-7
Verlag Grove/atlantic Inc
Maße (L/B/H) 217/149/32 mm
Gewicht 485
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