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Gil Scott-Heron: 1949-2011

James Maycock, Independent, The, May 2011

GIL SCOTT-HERON lived a life of two distinct, very different halves – as dissimilar as night and day. Up to his mid-30s, Scott-Heron was a prolific, compelling and important artist. But the second chapter of his life was dogged by creative impotence and a vicious, devastating drug habit.

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