Posted tagged ‘Gil Scott-Heron’

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 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.


The Pixies are Terrorists? A Modest Proposal for “Cultural Terrorism” gets loose on the internet


Way back on 11 June 2010, the headline “BREAKING NEWS: Canadian Government to put Pixies on list of ‘terrorist’ organisations” appeared on the website Australians for Palestine.

The article that followed claimed that Canada had done exactly what the headline said – that the Pixies were now terrorists in the eyes of the government in Ottawa.* It was even supported by a quote from Canadian Immigration Minister Neal Kenny saying that “terrorism anywhere and in any form, whether it be physical, moral, verbal, mental or cultural is abhorrent to this government.”

Obviously satirical (at least hopefully lest I have to renounce my Canadian citizenship), the big question that arises from such a piece is WHY?