The Last Holiday

The Last Holiday

A Memoir

Book - 2012
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The stunning memoir of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Holiday has been praised for bringing back to life one of the most important voices of the last fifty years. Now in paperback, The Last Holiday provides a remarkable glimpse into Scott-Heron's life and times, from his humble beginnings to becoming one of the most influential artists of his generation.

The memoir climaxes with a historic concert tour in which Scott-Heron's band opened for Stevie Wonder. The Hotter than July tour traveled cross-country from late 1980 through early 1981, drumming up popular support for the creation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. King's birthday, January 15, was marked with a massive rally in Washington.

A fitting testament to the achievements of an extraordinary man, The Last Holiday provides a moving portrait of Scott-Heron's relationship with his mother, personal recollections of Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Clive Davis, and other musical figures, and a compelling narrative vehicle for Scott-Heron's insights into the music industry, the civil rights movement, governmental hypocrisy, and our wider place in the world. The Last Holiday confirms Scott-Heron as a fearless truth-teller, a powerful artist, and an inspiring observer of his times.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press : Grove/Atlantic Inc. ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2012.
ISBN: 9780802129017
Characteristics: 321 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


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Aug 06, 2016

An outstanding book by a poet, musician, activist, and crack head. Heron was a troubled soul, but had incredible talent for music, rhythm, and social commentary. This is his story, told with compulsive poetry and love. But it doesn't tell the whole story, not by a long shot. Check out his Amnesia express concert in Paris for a later edition of his groovy music.

Apr 29, 2014

This is the memoir of Scott-Heron, spoken-word poet and musician. This book introduced me to this interesting, committed artist.

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