The Bronx Trolley: First Wednesdays Arts & Culture Tour stops at the Bronx Museum where author Marcus Baram will read excerpts from Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man, followed by a Q&A. In this biography, Baram traces the volatile journey of troubled musical genius Gil Scott-Heron, best known for his 1970 polemic The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
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About the book
Best known for his 1970 polemic The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Gil Scott-Heron was a musical icon who defied characterization. He tantalized audiences with his charismatic stage presence, and his biting, observant lyrics provide a time capsule for a decade marked by turbulence, uncertainty, and racism. While he was exalted by his devoted fans, he had never really achieved mainstream success. Yet he maintained a cult following throughout his life, even as he grappled with the personal demons that fueled so many of his lyrics. He passed away in 2011, the end to what had become a hermit-like existence.
In this biography, Marcus Baram - a friend and acquaintance of Gil Scott-Heron's - traces the volatile journey of a troubled musical genius. From southern roots in Tennessee to New York City, he charts Scott-Heron's odyssey; a drug addict's twisted path to redemption and enduring fame. In Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man, Marcus Baram puts the complicated icon into full focus.
About the author
Marcus Baram, a life-long fan of Gil Scott-Heron, knew the musical icon and discussed collaborating on a memoir before Scott-Heron passed away. Barma is a former news editor at the New York Observer, The Wall Street Journal, and Huffington Post. He has worked at the New York Daily News and ABC News, and has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York magazine, Vibe, The Village Voice, and the New York Post.
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