“Prepare for the Journey”

Listening to the Art Ensemble of Chicago yesterday made me wonder what other musicians Sun Ra inspired. Turns out, Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Arkestra appear on the poster for a Sonic Youth show July 4, 1992. That same year, he also brought the Arkestra to Saturday Night Live. Then, in 1993, he died. It … Continue reading

“The Black Man in the Cosmos”

“The Black Man in the Cosmos (mp3)” It may not be as optimistic as “I Have a Dream,” but this lecture by Sun Ra is every bit as engaging and eloquent. It comes from 1971, during a course Sun Ra was invited to teach at University of California, Berkeley. The syllabus reportedly included hard-to-find books on … Continue reading