The Last Holiday

The Last Holiday

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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 across America, ending in WashingAston in January 1981, to gather popular support for the creation of a holiday in honour of the great civil-rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. Scott-Heron uses this history-making tour as the backbone of his fascinating memoir. Raised by his grandmother in Jackson, Tennessee, Scott-Heron's journey from humble beginnings to becoming one of the most uncompromising and influential musicians and songwriters of his generation is a remarkable one. Politically savvy and savagely satirical, socially conscious and tender-hearted, Gil Scott-Heron has been called the godfather of rap, and his unexpected death in May 2011 marked the loss of one of the world's most vocal and articulate artists. Chuck D of Public Enemy said of Scott-Heron, 'we do what we do and who we do because of you' and Eminem added, 'Scott-Heron influenced all of hip-hop'. And as Sarah Silverman said, qhe mirrored ugliness with beauty, audacity, and valour'. A compelling testament to Gil Scott-Heron's career and achievements, The Last Holiday is full of Scott-Heron's keen insights into the music industry, the civil rights movement, modern America, governmental hypocrisy and our wider place in the world.As can happen with diabetics, grandma ran too hard one day, ran down, and then ran out. ... Since they had the right angle on what and where, the EMTs were able to beam in with the glucose and said it was a€œtoo closea€ to ... The parents could not dictate or direct the intellect; they couldna#39;t make a lick of difference in terms of whether their ... I told her Ia#39;d try to call her from Newark airport in New Jersey, where I was heading next before getting a late shuttle from there back to Washington.

Title:The Last Holiday
Author:Gil Scott-Heron
Publisher:Canongate Books - 2012-01-06


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