Gil had one of the morning matinee slots at Coachella '99 on one of the smaller stages. At the time I had absolutely no idea how fortunate I was to have caught him and to have heard "There's a War Going On," which I STILL don't think has ever made it onto an album.
He always bristled if you called him a progenitor of rap music, but there was no denying he could lay down a great rap.
He loved jazz and he loved cocaine; I wish he'd loved one more and one less - but don't know if either was possible.
I actually thought Barry McGuire'a 'Eve Of Destruction' was a better anti-war song, but that's just me. Edwin Starr's 'Stop the War Now' and 'Way Over There' were actually better songs, but didn't get much (if at all) air play.