Gil Scott-Heron may have mellowed a bit

Gil Scott-Heron - the fiery poet, musician, and author -- pauses for a pleasant photograph before he performs live at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City on August 16, 2009. Spoken-word tracks like "The Revolution Will Not be Televised" (1971) and "Whitey on the Moon" (1970) made Gil Scott-Heron a prominent Black voice in the 1970s, and he went through something of a revival in the early 21st century. Gil Scott-Heron was born in 1949, so he turned 60 the year this photo was taken. He died two years later, in 2011, at age 62.

See our biography of Gil Scott-Heron