The Last Holiday: A Memoir

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Open Road + Grove/Atlantic, Jan 3, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 337 pages
“Engrossing and even at times uplifting, Scott-Heron’s self-portrait grants us insights into one of the most influential African American musicians of his generation.” —Booklist
 
The stunning memoir of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Holiday has been praised for bringing back to life one of the most important voices of the last fifty years. The Last Holiday provides a remarkable glimpse into Scott-Heron’s life and times, from his humble beginnings to becoming one of the most influential artists of his generation.
 
The memoir climaxes with a historic concert tour in which Scott-Heron’s band opened for Stevie Wonder. The Hotter than July tour traveled cross-country from late 1980 through early 1981, drumming up popular support for the creation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. King’s birthday, January 15, was marked with a massive rally in Washington.
 
A fitting testament to the achievements of an extraordinary man, The Last Holiday provides a moving portrait of Scott-Heron’s relationship with his mother, personal recollections of Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Clive Davis, and other musical figures, and a compelling narrative vehicle for Scott-Heron’s insights into the music industry, the civil rights movement, governmental hypocrisy, and our wider place in the world. The Last Holiday confirms Scott-Heron as a fearless truth-teller, a powerful artist, and an inspiring observer of his times.
 
“Leave it to Scott-Heron to save some of his best for last. This posthumously published memoir is an elegiac culmination to his musical and literary career. He’s a real writer, a word man, and it is as wriggling and vital in its way as Bob Dylan’s Chronicles: Volume One.” —The New York Times
 
“Even after his death, Scott-Heron continues to mesmerize us in this brilliant and lyrical romp through the fields of his life. . . . [A] captivating memoir.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
 

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Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream. And Stevie Wonder had a dream. This is a book about dreams. 'In the autumn of 1980, Stevie Wonder invited Gil Scott-Heron to join him on a forty-one-city tour ... Read full review

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If you know Heron's work, you will recognize immediately that this memoir was written by the man himself; slightly discursive at times, full of wordplay (sometimes clever, and sometimes a little trite ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 26
Section 27
Section 28
Section 29
Section 30
Section 31
Section 32
Section 33

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About the author (2012)

In a musical career spanning five decades, from Small Talk at a 125th and Lenox (1970) to I’m New Year (2010), Gil Scott-Heron (1949-2011) released twenty albums and many seminal singles including "The Revolution Will Not be Televised," "Home is Where the Hatred Is," "Winter in America," "B Movie" "Johannesburg" and "Lady Day and John Coltrane." He was also the author of three previous books - two novels, The Vulture (1970) and The Nigger Factory (1972) and Now and Then, The Poems of Gil Scott-Heron.

Article written in memory of Gil Scott-Heron by his longtime friend and editor Jamie Byng:
www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/may/29/gil-scott-heron-appreciation-jamie-byng

The New York Times Obit:
www.nytimes.com/2011/05/29/arts/music/gil-scott-heron-voice-of-black-culture-dies-at-62.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Gil%20Scott-Heron%20obit&st=cse

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