The Big City

”The more susbtantial an individual’s aesthetic experience is, the sounder his taste, the sharper his moral focus, the freer—though not necessarily the happier—he is.."

May 22, 1914, that’s when America and the world got ahold of one Herman Blount—at least that’s what his parents thought his name was. Sun Ra and America are the essential combination: Ra’s mythos is an utterly logical response to the insanity of being an African-American, building much of the greatness of a nation that …

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Let me begin with a disclaimer: I can’t take any more of the live streaming music. I wrote about this in the May issue of the Brooklyn Rail and the Red Hook Star-Revue. In short, it’s like watching practice, there’s no connection between player and listener nor across the group of listeners. It may be …

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