1.15.2017

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron and remixed by me for #writersresistPHL

Originally, it was suggested that I read a selection from Whitman, but then I was told I was starting the readings off after a Bob Dylan song-- so I suggested that two white guys in a row probably wasn't the best foundation. The organizers of Writers Resist Philadelphia agreed, and after some back and forth they suggested that I read "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Gil Scott-Heron. To me, someone who doesn't really have a TV, it seemed that the poem (which I did know prior) needed some updating to bring it to the present day. The following is what I came up with. I tried to stick to Gil Scott-Heron's original energy and not have the focus be "my" writing. Also-- because of time pressures I shortened it.


REMIX of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised


You will not be able to stay home, brother
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and drop out
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip
out for a 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 facebook
In 4 posts of disinformation

The revolution will not be brought to you by twitter
140 characters starring Kanye West's confusion and an internet troll's delusions

The revolution will not be brought to you in cat antics or other cute memes and filters
on instagram or snapchat or tumblr or whatever
This is not a role-playing gmae you can turn off or re-set

The revolution will not be televised

The theme song will not be written by Springsteen, Jay-Z, Drake, Poo Bear or the ghost of Amy Winehouse, nor sung by Beyonce, Rihanna or JLo

The revolution will bot be right back after a message about a white tornado, white lightening or white people And it will not be colorblind And it will not be in black and white

You will not have to worry about a germ in your Bedroom, a tiger in your tank or the giant in your toliet bowl

The revolution will not go better with a Coke or a Starbucks fair-trade double espresso 

The revolution WILL put you in the driver's seat

The revolution will not be televised

Will not be televised

There will be no re-run brothers

The revolution will be live. 

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