The inspiration behind this design
Released in 1970 "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" is a poem and song by Gil Scott Heron, poet, musician and author. Widely known for his spoken word performances in the 70s and 80s and his social and political commentary, his influence can still be heard throughout music, especially hip hop and neo soul.
Avant Garde Gothic is a font family based on the logo font used in the Avant Garde magazine. Although the magazine had only 16 issues, this notable typeface is still one of the most popular typefaces today. Originally created by Herb Lubalin, and redrawn by Tom Carnase and Edward Benguiat (amongst others), it was used extensively in the seventies, especially in New York for advertising purposes.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
From the album Pieces of a Man, Gil Scott Heron, 1971.
ITC Avant Garde Gothic
International Typeface Corporation, Herb Lubalin, Tom Carnase, Edward Benguiat, 1970-77.
Printed by hand on fair trade 100% cotton T shirts.