Goodbye to the Arkestra

Sun Ra Arkestra this evening – a feeling I was witnessing the dying embers of an era, the fading protagonists of a 1970s cultural revolution. Along with P-FUNK, these wizards witnessed and lived through a whole journey of cultural emancipation, only to be brought into the 21st Century both intact in their integrity and completely unreadable to younger generations beyond a certain air of cool exoticism mistaken for bland eccentricity. And this is so not what they are. I felt honoured to witness what might well have been my last first-hand experience of these heroes.