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Gil Scott-Heron memoir published on Martin Luther King Day

Gil Scott-Heron's memoir will be published by Canongate in January. The memoir, titled The Last Holiday will be released on 16 January 2012, which is also Martin Luther King Day. As well as covering his involvement with the civil rights movement, the book recounts Scott-Heron's experience touring 41 cities with Stevie Wonder in 1980-81, where he and Wonder successfully campaigned to have Martin Luther King's birthday recognised as a national holiday.

Wilton's Music Hall in London is holding a tribute to Gil Scott-Heron in connection with the book's release on 19 January (6:30pm, £10), which includes Kate Tempest, Ben Mellor, Jamie XX and Gilles Peterson. Watch an interview with Gil Scott-Heron below. more info on the event here.