The Revolution will not be Blogged

In 1970, Gil Scott-Heron proclaimed that “you will not be able to plug in, turn on, and cop out,” because the “revolution will not be televised..it will be live.”

A song that is more a poem and political declaration than a piece of music, “the Revolution will not be Televised” was written in the middle of the Nixon era – as the war in Vietnam, a conflict with a disproportionate number of African-Americans fighting,  still raged – and the counterculture of the 1960s had either burnt out or faded away.

It weaves together popular culture, civil rights, and the rumblings going on in the underground…and makes a statement for an entire generation.

Here’s Gil Scott-Heron reflecting on the song, politics, and the United States in this video clip from the 1990s…

And don’t forget, in March 2010 The New Statesman ranked the track as one of the “Top 20 Political Songs” of all time.

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2 Comments on “The Revolution will not be Blogged”


  1. Thanks for getting people thinking.

    Gil Scott-Heron, 1949-2011

    http://nyti.ms/lrLmhs

  2. Steve Says:

    Thanks for sharing – awesome videos~


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