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Yohann Koshy , December 4th, 2013 06:57

The rock lensman and writer talks us through a selection of images, including shots of Sun Ra, My Bloody Valentine and George Clinton, from his recently launched website Poison


Sun Ra
One very early morning in 1989, I crawled out of a hole in Manhattan, and down to Battery Square Park, where I saw Sun Ra and his Arkestra play a free concert at 5.30 am to honour the Summer Solstice. It was near the end of his long, influential career, and his guest star was Don Cherry, who played a n'goni. Ra performed in a flowing pink, quasi-Egyptian robe - it was a very groovy affair. Afterwards, even though I had no actual photo assignment, I asked this amazing man from Saturn if I could make a portrait of him, and Sun Ra graciously nodded, "Yes." Look at his powerful hands.