Wednesday, December 21, 2011

XL Recordings is teaming up with Canongate Books and Book Slam to celebrate the life of Gil Scott-Heron at the launch of his posthumous memoir, The Last Holiday.

The launch takes place at Wilton’s Music Hall in London on January 19 and will feature a one-off b2b DJ set from Jamie XX and Gilles Peterson paying tribute to Gil. Jamie xx produced this year’s We’re New Here, a remix album of Scott-Heron’s 2010 I’m New Here LP; both these records were released on XL. Performance poets Kate Tempest and Ben Mellor are also set to appear, and there will be a chance to see interviews and rare film footage of Gil.

Tickets go on sale on January 5. In the meantime, visit to see footage from the last interview Scott-Heron did before he died and to hear exclusive readings from The Last Holiday.