Re: APB on the situation in

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#1 Mon, 1994-12-05 10:15
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Re: APB on the situation in

I read these notes in shock that this could happen. I don't know if this is useful, but my father is a lawyer in Philadelphia. His work is in corporation tax law. However, he has in the past represented friends of mine free of charge until they could afford their own lawyer. This has included bands: The Dead Milkmen(whose guitar player Joe is a Sun Ra fan) received free legal work from my dad through, I think, their third record). Anyway, I have not spoken to him about any of this, but I'm sure he'd be willing if the work is not too time consuming and the need is great.

On Mon, 5 Dec 1994, Robert Campbell wrote:

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Tim,

You can help by sending money to James Jackson, 5626 Morton Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144. John Gilmore is the Arkestra's leader, but his health is very poor and he's delegated the financial end to Jackson, who was behind the recent incorporation of the Arkestra.

The legal situation is really a mess. It may take several years to settle Ra's estate. The claimants are Ra's relatives, Alton Abraham, and the Arkestra. Given the usual biases of American judges, the Arkestra is unlikely to be recognized in the settlement unless they're represented by a good lawyer (and they're not currently represented by a lawyer at all). In the meantime, Ra's share of the royalties from Arkestra recordings in print is being frozen or turned over to the family.

rlc