SO FAR, SO GOOD

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So Far, So Good (Cover Notes) 

One glance at So Far, So Good and it becomes evident that this is not merely a collection of a song writer'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 20 year 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 African American life.  Always, Scott-Heron supports his mission of unveiling America's hypocrisy and inaction with hope for an African American future of self-liberation. 

There is a very interesting introduction in the book by Haki R. Madhubuti that is a must read.  Some excerpts include: "Gil Scott-Heron was definitely in the tradition of Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Larry Neal and others who brought in the powerful decade of the sixties..  He had listened to and digested the works of Malcolm X, Nina Simone, Jimmy Reed and John Coltrane.  In him we saw the poetic storytelling skills of Sterling Brown and the precise word usage of Margaret Walker Alexander and Gwendolyn Brooks."

The afterword was written by Dr. Joyce Joyce, titled "Gil Scott-Heron: Larry Neal's Quintessential Artist.

This book should be in everyone's collection!!!

(Contents)

 H20gate Blues  The "Movie" Poems "B" Movie Introduction 
"B" Movie - The Poem  Re-Ron  Space Shuttle
Black History  The World  Beginnings 
Thought Out  The Ghetto Code  The New Deal 
I Think I'll Call It Morning  No Knock  Billy Green is Dead 
Winter in America  The Bottle  Johannesburg 
Pieces of a Man  Paint It Black  The Vulture 
Whitey on the Moon  Bicentennial Blues   Plastic Pattern People 
Coming from a Broken Home What You See Ain't What You Goetz  The Oldest Reason in the World 
Lady Day and John Coltrane  We Beg Your Pardon, America  A Poem for Jose Campos Torres 
Small Talk at 125th and Lenox    The Revolution Will Not Be Televised 
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