Life In Seminole Heights

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Back in the Seventy’s, I lived in Seminole Heights, a yet to be discovered neighborhood in Tampa, just off Nebraska Ave, down the street from Mac’s Waterbed Motel, just to give you the general flavor.   Not much had happened there since 1898 when some of the Rough Riders had camped out there while waiting for Teddy Roosevelt to show up and lead them on to Cuba.  Various building styles had come and gone and I lived in a Craftsman Bungalow badly needing to be restored.  Around the corner was one of those 5 watt underground radio stations. It was so under-powered and located so out-of the way, I may have been of their few listeners and perhaps their only one, I can’t tell for sure. In the evenings, they had a program called “Radical Rap” which I listened to sporadically. One evening they played “The Revolution Won’t Be Televised” a performance piece by Gill Scott-Heron who at the time of the recording was black, 20, and a revolutionary attempting to change things in America. He may have been the last of the Beat Poets or might have been the first of the Rappers.  It caught my attention also so much so that it remains with me today in 2015. Here’s a link to the recording that so impressed me The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

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