Gil Scott-Heron, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” (1970)
This classic example of street poetry, which foreshadowed the politically charged rap that would emerge more than a decade later, first appeared on Scott-Heron’s 1970 debut album, Small Talk at 125th and Lenox. Scott-Heron recorded the piece again, with a full band, for his 1971 album Pieces of a Man. Selected for the 2005 registry.

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