Gil Scott-Heron Gets His Own Biography, ‘Pieces of a Man’

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 11.03.14 in News

St. Martin’s Press shared an excerpt from Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man exclusively on Newsweek today, revealing the first time Clive Davis saw the underground icon/hip-hop pioneer perform.

“I remember it vividly and I remember being floored,” Davis explains in the book, the first biography to cover Scott-Heron’s entire career. (A memoir called The Last Holiday was also released in 2003, but it received mixed reviews due to its jumpy narrative.) “He was such a charismatic, compelling, striking young artist, very much of his moment in time. I was very taken with him … This was someone whose impact would be profound.”

According to a press release, author Marcus Baram was given “unprecedented, exclusive access to Scott-Heron, his friends, collaborator and his entire family,” in the hopes of sharing his “twisted path to redemption and enduring fame,” which continued right up until his death in 2011. In recent years, that path included his acclaimed comeback album I’m New Here and a complementary remix record by Jamie xx (We’re New Here).

Check out the full Newsweek excerpt here, and the book’s cover art down below.


‘Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man’ is due out November 11 through St. Martin’s Press.