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An all-star cast of BRC-linked luminaries will tour the complexities of self-styled renaissance man, the late Gil Scott-Heron.
An all-star cast of BRC-linked luminaries will tour the complexities of self-styled renaissance man, the late Gil Scott-Heron.
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PARDON OUR ANALYSIS is a multimedia, multi-performer, multi-disciplinary celebration of the inimitable Gil Scott-Heron. An inspiration to artists from Chuck D to Radiohead, Kanye West to Gordon Voidwell, Scott-Heron left behind a body of work that continues to broaden both genres and minds. It is our intention, with the help of the Kickstarter community, to make this material breathe again with a spirited performance on January 14, 2012 as Scott-Heron was instrumental in securing support for the national observance of the MLK holiday.

Since 1987, The Black Rock Coalition has employed our evolving BRC Orchestra to pay tribute to many remarkable and deserving artists—Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone, Otis Blackwell, Jimi Hendrix, Betty Davis, Garry Shider, and Stevie Wonder among them. We've sold out or packed venues as prestigious as Central Park SummerStage, Symphony Space, Town Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Whitney Museum, BAMcafé, and Harlem Stage. From NYC to Atlanta to France to Italy and back again.

But this will be THE FIRST TIME we are endeavoring to produce an Orchestra event of this magnitude COMPLETELY ON OUR OWN. We are renting the venue, the gear, the everything else, which includes paying a Who's Who of progressive performers without the safety net of a guaranteed budget.

And when we say Who's Who, we mean...Brian Jackson (long-time Gil Scott-Heron collaborator), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Abiodun Oyewole (Last Poets), Felipe Luciano (Last Poets), Gordon Voidwell, Nona Hendryx (LaBelle), Roger Guenveur Smith, R. Dwayne Betts, Carl Hancock-Rux, KimberlyNichole, Martha Redbone, Dave Smoota Smith (TV On The Radio), Sandra St. Victor (The Family Stand), V Jeffrey Smith (The Family Stand), Duriel E. HarrisBooker KingHanifah Walidah, Val-IncBen TyreeAlkebunLisette Santiago, and backbone drummer LaFrae Sci. All under the musical and curatorial direction of poet and performer LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs with additional direction from Aaron Whitby.

This is why we need your help! Funding this project will help us involve (and pay) additional artists and poets, rehearse them to perfection, promote the event extensively, provide discounted seating, archive the performance, and secure travel and lodging for artists traveling from other coasts and countries. If we exceed our funding goals (hope, hope), we will put the money toward sharing Gil's work and that of other deserving, but often overlooked artists, to venues outside of lucky NYC.

Please feel free to check out some of what we've done in the past 27 years at blackrockcoalition.org, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Rock-Coalition/83748180988, or search us out on youtube.

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    one of the first copies of 'The Last Holiday,' Gil Scott-Heron's posthumous book release to be available on Grove Press in January 2012 + above

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    signed copy of 'Black Rock Volume 1' photo book by photographer (and BRC-NY Executive Director) Earl Douglas, Jr., thank you note signed by BRC co-founders Greg Tate and Vernon Reid + above

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    signed and mounted copy of Greg Tate's obituary for Gil Scott-Heron as it ran in the Village Voice in May 2011 + above (secret link to show footage, photo postcard, thank you note, book and obituary will be delivered in Feb 2012, the rest will be provided at or before the show on Jan 14, 2012)

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    Group photo taken and signed by BRC-NY Executive Director and photographer Earl Douglas, Jr. plus copies of all available BRC compilations + 1 additional VIP ticket (total 2) + above

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    massive art attack: collection of music and literary work from several event participants + above

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    Poster hand-signed by all of the show’s participants + 2 additional VIP tickets (total 4) + above

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    'Small talk at 125 and Lenox' which means dinner for you and three of your friends at Lenox Lounge in Harlem NYC with BRC co-founder Greg Tate, event director LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and BRC president LaRonda Davis. To be redeemed in NYC within a year of the show based on availability + above

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    A poem written about the topic of your choice by one of the night’s spoken word performers + your photo taken with the band + above

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    Entire collection of Gil Scott-Heron’s literary and musical work + opportunity to present a piece of Gil’s work either on-stage in person or via video during the performance itself + opportunity to attend final band rehearsal + above

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