Spoken-word musician Gil Scott-Heron dies in NYC

FILE - In the Sept. 1984 file photo, musician Gil Scott-Heron poses. Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" but saw his brilliance undermined by a years-long drug addiction, died Friday, May, 27, 2011 at age 62. (AP Photo, File)

May 28, 2011 9:30:10 PM PDT
The author of the song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" - which helped pioneer sounds that would fuse to become rap - has died in New York City. Musician Gil Scott-Heron was 62.