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The Musical Triumvirate Of Afro-Futurism: Lee “Scratch” Perry, George Clinton, and Sun Ra


Within the diverse genres of reggae, funk, and jazz, these figures developed startlingly interrelated ideas involving science, technology, mysticism, and extraterrestriality. Each of them articulated their space concept with a sly sense of humor; Ra once described Star Wars as “very accurate.” In this program, John Corbett, a Chicago-based writer and curator who has written extensively on the topic, will introduce Space is the Place (1974), a Sun Ra biopic that mixes Shaft with The Egyptian Book of the Dead, as well as a short, never seen film of Clinton and his band Parliament from their legendary 1976 Mothership Connection tour. Corbett’s own, Lee Perry Now Well Loaded (1990), rounds out the threesome with an intimate portrait of the dub pioneer at home in Switzerland. Corbett will also spin rare musical examples by each of the films’ subjects. Friday 7:30PM

Later Event: May 2
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