"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" is a song by Gil Scott-Heron, which first appeared on his 1970 album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, on which he recited the lyrics, accompanied by congas and bongo drums. A re-recorded version, with a full band, was the B-side to Scott-Heron's first single, "Home Is Where the Hatred Is," from his album Pieces of a Man (1971). It was also included on his compilation album, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (1974). All these releases were issued on the Flying Dutchman Productions record label.
In 2010, the New Statesman listed it as one of the “Top 20 Political Songs”.
The song has been covered, sampled, and parodied extensively....