Canongate will publish the late street poet and hip-hop progenitor Gil Scott-Heron’s memoir, titled The Last Holiday, on Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 16), as The Wire points out. The book chronicles notable moments during different periods of his life, with a particular focus on his involvement with the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.
The book will also discuss Scott-Heron’s tour in the early ‘80s alongside Stevie Wonder, during which time the two campaigned to get America to officially designate a holiday for Martin Luther King — making it all the more appropriate that The Last Holiday is coming out on M.L.K. Day.
In addition, Scott-Heron’s memoir details his reaction to John Lennon’s death in December 1980. Canongate’s website has an audio stream of Scott-Heron reading an excerpt from the book alongside producer Malcolm Cecil, which was recorded in the early ‘90s.
You can listen to this excerpt from The Last Holiday via Canongate’s website.