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 Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
Single by Gil Scott-Heron
from the album Pieces of a Man
A-side"Home Is Where the Hatred Is"
Format7-inch single
LabelFlying Dutchman
Songwriter(s)Gil Scott-Heron
Producer(s)Bob Thiele
Gil Scott-Heron singles chronology
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
"The Bottle"
Audio sample
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
  • file
  • help

The song's title was originally a popular slogan among the 1960s Black Power movements in the United States.[1] 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".[2]

It was inducted to the National Recording Registry in 2005.[3]

Cultural references in the poem



  1. Hamilton, Charles V.; Ture, Kwame (1967). Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America. New York City: Random House. ISBN 0679743138.
  2. Al Nasir, Abdul Malik (June 6, 2018). "Jalal Mansur Nuriddin: farewell to the 'grandfather of rap'". The Guardian. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  3. "The National Recording Registry 2005". The Library of Congress. October 25, 2006. Retrieved February 9, 2007.
  4. Mansnerus, Laura (June 1, 1996). "Timothy Leary, Pied Piper Of Psychedelic 60's, Dies at 75". The New York Times. Retrieved October 2, 2009.
  5. Eagle Poetry
  6. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron-Topic on YouTube
  7. Lee, Chisum (June 19, 2001). "Counter 'Revolution'". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 2, 2009.
  8. "Review: Gorillaz, Plastic Beach". The Quietus. March 5, 2010. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  9. "Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised lyrics". Rap Genius. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  10. "Sight&Sound: The Hurricane 1999". British Film Institute. 1999. Archived from the original on August 2, 2011. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
  11. INCITE! (2017). The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0-8223-6900-4.
  12. Smith, Ian (March 25, 2010). "Top 20 Political Songs: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised". New Statesman. Retrieved March 25, 2010.
  13. "Lupe Fiasco". Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  14. Wearden, Graeme (June 12, 2013). "Greece's state broadcaster defies government closure; RBS boss in shock resignation - as it happened". The Guardian. London, England: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  15. "[Album Review] G-Dragon 'Coup De'Tat'". Allkpop. 6Theory Media. September 14, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  16. "Coup D'etat, Pt. 1". Allmusic. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
  17. Kenner, Rob (September 9, 2013). "G-Dragon Covers Complex's "Coup d'Etat" Week!". Complex Magazine. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.