American popular music help due today 11/13

Rap quickly became a form of political expression in the 1990s, but it wasn’t the first time popular music had served this roll. Listen to spoken-word artist Gil Scott-Heron’s 1970 release The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. You can read the lyrics below as you listen, and then answer the following questions.

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  1. What is the meaning of the words and what do you think he wants to accomplish by saying them?
  2. What is your own personal reaction to what he is saying?
  3. In light of the current police-civilian shootings over the past few years, is his message still relevant? Why or why not?

This should be at least one page in length, double spaced, with good style, spelling, and grammar, double spaced, using standard fonts (12 pt. Times New Roman) and margins (1”). I realize that you could look up someone else’s synopsis of the music very easily, but please be aware that I have done the same and if you plagiarize, you will get a “0” for the assignment. There is no wrong answer as long as you make a sincere attempt at describing the meaning and how you relate to it.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

By Gil Scott-Heron

You will not be able to stay home, brother
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and
Skip out for beer during commercials
Because the revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
In 4 parts without commercial interruption
The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
Blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John Mitchell
General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat
Hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary

The revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be brought to you by the Schaefer Award Theatre and
will not star Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia
The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal
The revolution will not get rid of the nubs
The revolution will not make you look five pounds
Thinner, because The revolution will not be televised, Brother

There will be no pictures of you and Willie Mays
Pushing that shopping cart down the block on the dead run
Or trying to slide that color television into a stolen ambulance
NBC will not be able to predict the winner at 8:32 or the count from 29 districts

The revolution will not be televised

There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
Brothers on the instant replay
There will be no pictures of young being 
Run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process
There will be no slow motion or still life of 
Roy Wilkens strolling through Watts in a red, black and
Green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
For just the propper occasion
Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, and 
Hooterville Junction will no longer be so damned relevant
and Women will not care if Dick finally gets down with
Jane on Search for Tomorrow because Black people
will be in the street looking for a brighter day

The revolution will not be televised

There will be no highlights on the eleven o’clock News
and no pictures of hairy armed women Liberationists and 
Jackie Onassis blowing her nose
The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb, Francis Scott Key
nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash
Englebert Humperdink, or the Rare Earth

The revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be right back after a message 
About a white tornado, white lightning, or white people
You will not have to worry about a germ on your Bedroom
a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl
The revolution will not go better with Coke
The revolution will not fight germs that cause bad breath
The revolution WILL put you in the driver’s seat
The revolution will not be televised

WILL not be televised, WILL NOT BE TELEVISED

The revolution will be no re-run brothers
The revolution will be live

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