the week i worked for sun ra

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#1 Thu, 2012-02-16 08:09
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the week i worked for sun ra

not me (i wish!), but that is the title of this blog entry...

I-) ihor


Monday, February 13, 2012

The week I worked for Sun Ra

It was sometime between 1980 and 1983 and I was between my two stints
at Massachusetts College of Art. I was thrilled to discover that a
five day performance was planned for the Longwood Theater, the very
stage that I had spent many hours doing every job from lighting to
acting to producing.

Arriving very early the first day of the performance I found Sun Ra
and his Arkestra alone in the theater without a single representative
of the College to be found. John Gilmore and Marshall Allen were
desperately searching for things like light switches. Luckily for all
involved I knew the space like (what ever cliche inserted here). I
made a few quick phone call to my pals and easily had a staff willing
to work for comp tickets. My friends sold and took tickets and did
lights gladly and I played supervisor.

Not only did I get a front row seat for three of the shows, I had to
work during two of the shows, but I was rewarded with a private
audience with Sun Ra back stage. He gave me his personal thanks and
signed my freshly purchased Saturn Records copy of "I pharaoh".

First informing me that it was their last copy of the album and then
regaling me with an epic vision of what I was to experience upon
listening to the vinyl.

"You will be transported to ancient times and see other worlds..."

To this day I have no idea who could have scheduled this astounding
event and not showed up, but I am quite grateful to them.

Posted by Zontar at 11:14 AM
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