'The Wire' Ra Special

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#1 Fri, 1997-09-12 02:27
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'The Wire' Ra Special

Just read 'The Wire'' September issue's special on Sun Ra. There's a five-page article by Val Wilmer, reminiscing about occasions when she met Ra and Arkestra members in 1966, while writing an article for Melody Maker, and 1972.

The article is an interesting account of her personal encounters, gives a little bit of insight into the personalities of Ra and his cohorts at the time, and some of their working methods, recounts some anecdotes.

The next part of the spread is a guide to Ra's landmark recordings, written by John Szwed, very useful for a comparative Ra novice like me.

Finally, there's a review of Szwed's book (they like it, basically.)

Well worth picking up a copy if you can find it.


Mark Sigerson mark.sigerson@eurocontrol.be