Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium
John Corbett is a music critic, record producer, and curator. He is the author of Microgroove: Forays into Other Music and Extended Play: Sounding Off from John Cage to Dr. Funkenstein, both also published by Duke University Press, and A Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation. His writing has appeared in DownBeat, Bomb, Nka, and numerous other publications. He is the co-owner of Corbett vs. Dempsey, an art gallery in Chicago.
Track Six: Anything Can Happen Day: Sun Ra, Alton Abraham, and the Taming of the Freak
Track six is a story-form narration of the author’s acquisition of a huge cache of material associated with the musician and thinker Sun Ra. The material, which was being discarded from the house of Ra’s manager, Alton Abraham, on the South Side of Chicago in 2000, would eventually form the core of the University of Chicago’s Jazz Archive’s Alton Abraham/Sun Ra Archive.