The late Gil Scott-Heron’s memoir, The Last Holiday, is set to be published by Canongate on Jan. 16, which just so happens to be Martin Luther King Day. It’s a fitting release date for the book as the poet/rap progenitor was heavily involved in the civil rights movement. But the book isn’t solely about his activist side.
There’s also plenty of discussion of his tour with Stevie Wonder in 1980-81, when they played 41 cities and campaigned to make Martin Luther King Day a federal holiday. You can listen to Scott-Heron read an excerpt from the book at Canongate’s website.
And in case you happen to reside in or around London, Wilton’s Music Hall is putting on a tribute to Scott-Heron’s life and his memoir on Jan. 19. The event lineup features Jamie XX, Gilles Peterson, Kate Tempest, and Ben Mellor. [Wire]