Gil Scott Heron T-Shirt - Revolution Not Televised - Maxell Man - Funk Music Tee

Gil Scott Heron T-Shirt - Revolution Not Televised - Maxell Man - Funk Music Tee

$19.69 + FREE Shipping (USA)
*Style:
*Size:
*Color:
Qty:Add to Cart
HipSoul has switched to premium ringspun cotton NextLevel brand tees... everything is new, please use the size charts! HipSoul has switched to Premium Fitted Ringspun Cotton tees... everything is new, please use the size charts!
Whatchya Think?  
5/5 of 1 Ratings

Gil Scott Heron "Televised Revolution" Funk Mens and Womens T-Shirt


Everyone in the world knows this cool phrase by now... but I don't think even 10% of you actually know where it came from... hmmm? Well, the classic quote on this wicked jazz t-shirt is from the spoken-word 70's funk-master, Gil-Scott Heron... one of the godfathers of hip-hop and black activism!!

"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" is the second track on his debut live album "Small Talk at 125th & Lenox" (1970), as well as the first song on his followup studio album "Pieces of a Man" (1971) (both on Flying Dutchman Records)... this street beat poet took a very unconventional approach to his music AND his recording career!

Anyway, if you haven't heard this funk poem yet, you really need visit YouTube right now and listen to it... then come back and buy this shirt for it's dual purpose message... ONE: Gil-Scott Heron is the coolest mofo to ever live among us... and TWO: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised!

Here's a small portion of the culture references used in the song... seriously, this is only a short list:

- "Plug in, turn on, and cop out" (play on Timothy Leary's LSD quote "Turn on, tune in, drop out")

- "Skag" (a street term for heroin)

- "Xerox" (manufacturer of photocopying machines)

- "Steve McQueen" (awesome action film star)

- "Bullwinkle" (cartoon moose character)

- "Give your mouth sex appeal" (Ultra Brite toothpaste campaign)

- "The revolution will not get rid of the nubs" (Schick razor campaign - Nubs = beard stubble)

- "Instant Replay" (television term used for sports and news)

- "Watts" (referring to the 1965 Watts Riots in Los Angeles)

- "Green Acres" (television show)

- "The Beverly Hillbillies" (television show)

- "Eleven o'clock news" (general phrase for television news)

- "Jackie Onassis" (John F. Kennedys wife, seen repeatedly on TV after his assassination)

- "Francis Scott Key" (author of "The Star-Spangled Banner")

- "Johnny Cash" (We all know who Johnny Cash is, country music singer extraordinaire)

- "Rare Earth" (all-white band on Motown Records)

- "White Tornado" (ad campaign for Ajax bathroom cleaner, "Ajax cleans like a white tornado")

- "White Lightning" (slang for moonshine, as well as a psychedelic 70's rock band)

- "Dove in your bedroom" (TV ad imagery for Dove Deodorant Cream)

- "Tiger in your Tank" (ad campaign for Esso gas stations)

- "Giant in your toilet bowl" (Liquid Plumber television ad, "like having a giant in your toilet bowl")

- "Go better with Coke" (Coca-Cola soda campaign, "Things go better with Coke")

- "Fight the germs that may cause bad breath" (Listerine commercial)

- "Put you in the driver's seat" (national ad campaign for car rental company, Hertz)

Phew, and that's only the half of the propaganda that's jammed into this famous song... so you can see why we wanted to bring you this Gil-Scott Heron t-shirt... he's quite prolific in his criticism of television and media in general.

This is one of those cool cult tee shirts that you'll regret not buying when you had the chance! Whether you're a big acid jazz fan, a soul-funk-rock music groover, a spoken-word poetry slam junkie, or simply an anti-television pro-activist, this retro Maxell man shirt will get some people's attention!

Dig it man, Rock on... one of our top 5 favorites!!
Creedence Clearwater Revival T-Shirt - John Fogerty - CCR Swamp Tee
Creedence Clearwater Revival "Vietnam" Swamp Rock Mens and Womens T-Shirt Look here people... Jo..

Aleister Crowley Shirt - Thoth Sex Magick Shirt - Abbey of Thelema Tee Shirt
Aleister Crowley "Thoth Sex Magick" Mens and Womens Author T-Shirt One of the cooler Aleister Crowle..

Cool Vintage - Bob Dylan - Hip Culture - Folk Rock Tee Shirt
Bob Dylan "Dig Yourself" Mens and Womens T-Shirt Hello, what's this?This is only the coolest Bob Dyl..

Grand Royal T Shirt - Grand Royal Records T Shirt - Beastie Boys T Shirt
Beastie Boys "Grand Royal Records" Mens and Womens Record Label T-Shirt Everybody knows how the Beas..

Cool Retro Pink Floyd - Syd Barrett - Classic Rock Band TShirt
Pink Floyd "Comfortably Numb" Mens and Womens T-Shirt How's this for an unusual Pink Floyd shirt? It..

NoMeansNo Zombie T-Shirt - Dawn of the Dead Tee - Horror Rock T-Shirts
NoMeansNo "The Dead Walk" Zombie Horror Mens and Womens T-Shirt This is the first-line from the ..

HipSoul Clothing Brand T-Shirt - v2 - Cult Classic - Kustom Kulture T-Shirts
Cult Classic "HipSoul v2" Brand Mens and Womens T-Shirt Hey mumbles, get your hairy torso in here an..

Alice T-Shirt - Goth Video Game T-Shirts - Alice in Wonderland
Uber-Gothic "Alice in Wonderland" Horror Mens and Womens T-Shirt Everyone loves the Lewis Carroll st..

Clockwork Orange T-Shirt - Got Moloko - Stanley Kubrick Cult Film Tee Shirt
Clockwork Orange Movie "Got Moloko?" Mens and Womens T-Shirt Welly well, well... me little droogies...

Funny T Shirt - Atomic Rooster - Classic Rock Out Shirt Design
Funny "Atomic Rooster" Mens and Womens T-Shirt If it's a giant cock that you're after, this Atomic R..

Alan Watts T-Shirt - Alan Watt - The Way of Zen Buddhism Shirt
Alan Watts "Zen Buddhism" Mens and Womens Philosopher T-Shirt Though many may not recognize his name..

Retro Hellraiser - Hardcore Punk - Horror Movie Blood T Shirt
Hellraiser "I'm in Hell" Mens and Womens T-Shirt Who dares argue the absolute brilliance of this har..

William S Burroughs T Shirt - William Burroughs T Shirt - Killer T Shirt
William S Burroughs "Life is a Killer" Mens and Womens Beat Poet T-Shirt Drugs, homosexuality and de..

Brass Monkey T Shirt - Beastie Boys Drink Tee - Brass Monkey Song Shirt
Beastie Boys "Brass Monkey" Mens and Womens Music T-Shirt Brass Monkey, That Funky Monkey!I double d..

Freddy Krueger Shirt - Mr Rogers T Shirt - Nightmare on Elm Street Parody
Mr Rogers "Nightmare on Elm Street" Mens and Womens Funny Mashup T-Shirt This funny tee creates a di..

Sleep's Holy Mountain - Stoner Doom T-Shirt - Poseidon God - Neptune Tee
Sleep Holy Mountain "Neptune" Stoner Rock Mens and Womens T-Shirt One of a kind Sleep Holy Mountai..

Hellraiser T Shirt - Hellraiser Cube T Shirt - Vintage Hellraiser T Shirts
Clive Barker "Hellraiser Lament Configuration Cube" Mens and Womens Movie T-Shirt In 1987, Clive Bar..

Office Space Cult Movie T-Shirt - Initech Tee - Geto Boys - Lumbergh tShirt
Office Space "Lumbergh Printer" Cult Movie Mens and Womens T-Shirt This Office Space shirt may not b..

1
2