BLACK WAX is a musical-political entertainment film produced and directed by Robert Mugge. It centers on the late African American poet-singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron - the man Melody ... See full summary »

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Gil Scott-Heron ...
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Ed Brady ...
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Robert Gordon ...
Himself - Bass
Glen 'Astro' Turner ...
Himself - Keyboards and Harmonica
Larry MacDonald ...
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Carl Cornwell ...
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Ron Holloway ...
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BLACK WAX is a musical-political entertainment film produced and directed by Robert Mugge. It centers on the late African American poet-singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron - the man Melody Maker called "the most dangerous musician alive" and many dubbed the forefather of rap music - and his Midnight Band. The entertainment is political. HD from the original 16mm film and lovingly restored.

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12 January 1983 (USA)  »

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Don't let him be forgotten
13 August 2004 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I've come to know and enjoy GSH's music and words for a couple of years. Aside from being a great musician (along with is buddy Brian Jackson) who evolved from poetry to spoken word then add his own influences of Jazz and Blues, he should be getting credit for his social and political engagement. Well aware of the condition his fellow black people were living in ("Whitey on the Moon"), he also spoke harshly against the administration ("H2oGate Blues" which can easily be adapted to nowadays events by the way) and was even one of the first to criticize the situation in South Africa ("Johannesburg"). His last record "Spirits" is a masterpiece. His last known work was with French Jazz harmonicist J.J. last year. He then had been jailed, and I must sadly say, not for the first time. A few grams of coke or whatever it was led him there. He was reported free this last June. This man is know around 70 and definitely doesn't get the attention he should, being in my opinion one of the greatest free thinkers of the Nixon-to-Reagan ("RayGun") era...


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