Deep Cuts From 1971: “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”- Gil Scott- Heron. Gil Scott-Heron recorded this song first in 1970 on his debut album Small Talk At 125th And Lenox. In the original version he recited the lyrics accompanied by congas and drums. This re-recording a year later is backed by a full band. It appeared on his 1971 album Pieces Of A Man. It also was the b-side of Gil Scott- Heron’s single “Home Is Where The Hatred Is.” Gil Scott- Heron was a jazz poet, musician and author. The songs title comes from a 1960’s Black Power movement slogan- and was an answer to the spoken word piece by The Last Poets- “When The Revolution Comes.” The opening line of The Last Poet’s piece was “When the revolution comes some of us will probably catch it on TV.”
A number of the references in “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” will sound very dated -here is a link about the poem- song at wikipedia which includes explanations to the references.