Political Animal


March 21, 2013 8:15 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Another random item from the memory banks: Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” If you’ve never heard this, it had quite an impact back in 1970.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • smartalek on March 21, 2013 11:37 AM:

    "it had quite an impact back in 1970."

    Still does.
    To a lot of people, it's the ur-text for all of rap as followed.
    His work has also been sampled a *lot* down the years:


  • Anonymous on March 21, 2013 12:02 PM:

    Sorry, didn't notice at first (at 2G, it takes beyond forever to load songs or vid's, so I never try):
    The clip above, at 2:38 length, can't be the full track, which is at least 4:23 in the incarnation I know best. (And that one's from the "Best of" album, and so might well be an abridged version itself.)
    Definitely worth hearing the whole thing.
    And may Mr Scott-Heron rest in peace.
    Thanks for the slice of history here.

    BTW, I see the captcha is back to a more annoying form. This is my 3rd try, and I'm historically pretty good at decoding its nonsense. Might be worth it, if it actually kept the spam at bay -- which we all know it doesn't. Just a thought.

  • CJColucci on March 21, 2013 12:50 PM:

    It was the inspiration for what I adopted as a catch-phrase in my student newspaper days: the revolution will not be subsidized. Since then, we have seen defunding of various subsidized enclaves from which people thought they were doing revolution.

  • dr2chase on March 21, 2013 8:52 PM:

    @anon - I think that is a full, faster version. It didn't notice any missing words. The version I've got is 3:07 long, has more accompaniment, is just a hair slower. Don't confuse with B Movie, which is 6:56 (version I have).