You’ll know the phrase, ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’, but you might not know it’s the title of a poem by Gil Scott-Heron, who published it nearly 50 years ago, in 1971. It’s one of the most famous pieces of resistance literature in the English language, and its as relevant, and fresh, today as it was back then. Inspirational to all who believe in the freedom of political expression, it has found a particular meaning for NOLA Resistance, who have been fighting the good fight for many years now. Artists, activists, and musicians, they have put their own spin on the poem, updating it – and quite rightfully so – in their latest single.
More than a cover, or a re-interpretation, NOLA Resistance’s take on the famous poem shows that everything old is new again, no matter how it’s been rebranded. Namechecking stars of the present day, singers, actors, tv shows, and so forth, the track is spoken word set to a jazz-funk instrumental. The single is accompanied by a lyric video, set on a tv, showing that a lot of what we’re fighting against now is the same thing that resistance fighters were dealing with in the 50s, 60s, 70s…the names have changed, but it’s still essentially the same enemy. The resistance will not be televised – no, it’s happening all around us – particularly at the moment. It has been said that America is 120 days away from revolution: right now that feels as though it could legitimately be the case.
Find out more about NOLA Resistance on their Facebook pageFacebook page. Watch the video for ‘The Resistance Will Not Be Televised’ below.