Sunday, September 26, 2010


Hello again. Some of you might remember the series of posts about Sun Ra and his Arkestra that I was, at one time diligently, working on earlier this year. Well, I never really brought that series to a conclusion, for which I apologize, especially to the few hundred people that showed an interest in Nuclear War. Belated as it may be, I intend the next two things I post to serve as the conclusion to that series.

Here is a television interview that Sun Ra did in 1986 with WTZA 62 (now WRNN) in Kingston, NY to promote a nearby gig. It is notable for a few reasons. First, after the Sun Ra story the news anchors announce the death of "The King of Swing" Benny Goodman (thus dating the broadcast to June 13, 1986). Second, the female anchor, Nancy Cozean would later become the mayor of Poughkeepsie, NY. And, most importantly, it's one of the few instances in which Sun Ra explains in fairly plain terms what exactly all of this Sun Ra stuff is actually about. There's no talk of aliens or spaceships or anything like that, and whether this is due to clever editing or Sun Ra just being in a bad mood is (obviously) unknown.

1 comment:

yotte said...

Love it. "help people under the business of Sun Ra - 'cause it ain't nobody's business if I do."

I also enjoyed seeing someone thumb through those classic LPs. This clip predates even the Evidence CD re-releases by 10 years or so...