September 16, 2012 by Admin
I recently watched the inimitable Sun Ra’s 1974 epic film Space Is The Place. I suppose you could call it a cult item, but I think of it as the man from Saturn’s artistic statement. As one writer said, “It was only after watching Space Is The Place that the music of Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Arkestra really made any real sense.”
Space Is… is a colorful, swinging, imaginative, funny, at times inexplicable, yet completely enjoyable film that is very much of its time. Maybe a bit crude technically, and Ra is a bit thin in the on-screen personality department, but there’s a goofy energy and his very cool music that makes it worth your hour and 20 minutes.
Take a look at the intro to the film. It can only hint at the rest of the story:
Since we’re talking about the man and his music, here’s a couple of primo performances:
Given what the planet looks like these days, maybe space is the place.
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