Cannongate Publishing have confirmed they are to publish Gil Scott-Heron’s posthumous memoir in January 2012. Scott-Heron died in May 2011 (LTW)

The memoir, to be titled The Last Holiday will be released on 16th January 2012, which is also Martin Luther King Day.

The publishing date has been carefully selected; Gil Scott-Heron was well known for his involvement with the civil rights movement, the book details Scott-Heron’s experience touring 41 US cities with Stevie Wonder between 1980-81, during which he and Wonder successfully campaigned to have Martin Luther King’s birthday recognised as a national holiday.

Also on publication day will be a musical tribute to Scott-Heron featuring performances from Kate Tempest, Ben Mellor, Jamie XX and Gilles Peterson ”“ The tribute takes place on the 19th January 2012 (18.30hrs – £10Adv) at Wiltons Music Hall, London ”“ Tickets are available now.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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