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June 3, 2011 2:08 AM

Commentary: Gil Scott-Heron was in tune with the troubled times

One day, about a hundred years ago in the Los Angeles offices of SOUL magazine, I was working at my desk when I became aware of my colleagues Mike Terry and Mike Martinez, huddled together on the other side of the room, excitedly discussing some new album. I asked what they were listening to. Barely sparing me a glance, they told me to go back to the Jacksons or the O'Jays or the Brides of Funkenstein or whatever I was into then, because this was too deep for me. This was something I would never understand. This was my introduction to Gil Scott-Heron.

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