Synopses & Reviews
"A poet and polemicist whose lyrics have inspired and galvanized generations." GQ
One glance at Now and Then and it becomes evident that this is not merely a collection of a songwriter's lyrics. The song-poems of this undisputed "bluesologist" triumphantly stand on their own, evoking the rhythm and urgency which have distinguished Gil Scott-Heron's career. This collection carries the reader from the global topics of political hypocrisy and the dangers posed by capitalist culture to painfully personal themes and the realities of modern day life. His message is black, political, historically accurate, urgent, uncompromising, and mature, and as relevant now as it was in the early 1970s.
"Accessible, intelligent, rhythmic writing which makes poetry seem worthwhile again." —List
"Some of the funniest and most literate lyrics in all music . . . From deadpan attacks on racism to withering sarcasm about the Great Society; from Chomskian rants to parodies of media shallowness—every line comes coated in a sardonically witty turn of phrase." —Time Out
Now and Then is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging collection of Gil Scott-Heron's poetry ever to be published and draws on work written over four decades.
A collection of song-poems, covering deeply personal themes as well as global hypocrisy and the dangers posed by capitalist culture.
About the Author
A highly influential and widely admired singer, proto-rapper, jazz pianist, poet, novelist, and socio-political commentator, Gil Scott-Heron remains a unique and major figure in global music. With more than 20 albums to his name, his politically charged output has won him an international following.