SPACE IS THE PLACE (1974)

Space Is The Place

“Everything needs an opposite. We have a White House, so now we need a Black House.”

Sun Ra

“The problem with Harlem is too much sex, drugs and violence. If we took all the children of Harlem and made them memorize the names of the 99 Pharaohs then there wouldn’t be sex, drugs and violence in Harlem anymore.”

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“The Saturnians told me to play the music of the black prophet, Duke Ellington, but the black man paid no attention so now I am playing the music of the white prophet, Walt Disney, and spreading the shield of his beauty over the face of the Earth so the Saturnians will not destroy us” (followed by a half hour jam of `Pink Elephants on parade’ which occasionally sounds like its source material).

Sun Ra

Such is the wisdom and personality of the late free jazz artist Sun Ra (paraphrased quotes there, pulled from memory) who apparently (and delightfully) really believed in his own voluptuous excess and gibberish (enough to establish a Space Age monastic communal order among his followers; the Intergalactic Arkestra, and, posthumously, a church named after him). Claiming to be a Saturnian, Sun Ra would appear on stage, dressed in goodwill Pharaoh garb, with the planets of the solar system revolving around his head. Continue reading “SPACE IS THE PLACE (1974)”

THE VULNERABLE AND VIVACIOUS POET OF JAZZ: A RARE FILMED CONCERT OF THE LATE ABBEY LINCOLN.

This performance of the late jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln was filmed at New York’s Promenade Theater in 1991. The film here is an hour long in the round concert and rare glimpse of the enigmatic, introspective artist. The singer’s television special “You Gotta Pay the Band” has never been released on DVD and Carol Friedman’s in-progress Lincoln documentary “The Music Is The Magic” has been struggling to see the light of day due to financing difficulties, which makes this Kultur Video/Lucy II production all the more valuable. To date, it is the only release of a Lincoln performance in visual … Continue reading THE VULNERABLE AND VIVACIOUS POET OF JAZZ: A RARE FILMED CONCERT OF THE LATE ABBEY LINCOLN.