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  • "Jackie McLean On Mars" (1979) - Duration: 32 minutes.

    • 4 years ago
    • 49,317 views
    Produced, Directed & Edited by Ken Levis
  • Sun Ra talks about the forces of nature and how it effects us today.

    SUN RA SPEAKS - FORCE OF NATURE - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 3,828 views
    Even as a teenager, I was always fascinated to talk with Sunny hearing a wealth of information that at times was hard to digest. I can recall many times when Sunny would say something was about to ...
  • To hear Sunny speak is just a small window into the world of his thoughts. The sincerity in his voice and the conviction behind his mission, in writing only scrapes a minuscule part of the whirling spectrum of his words of wisdom.

    SUN RA SPEAKS - HIS POETRY - Duration: 9 minutes, 59 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 1,783 views
    Sunny, right along with the music, was always writing his poetry. Not once do I recall Sunny ever sitting dormant. Time was very precious and each moment was filled with creating and developing an ...
  • In the late summer of 1971 in California at Berkeley, Sun Ra took part in presenting a series of lectures as part of the Pan African Studies curriculum. In (4) parts this is the complete lecture segment on "THE POWER OF WORDS".

    SUN RA SPEAKS - BERKELEY LECTURE PT 1 - Duration: 28 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 28,184 views
    "CLASS IS IN SESSION" - PART (1) of (4)

    In the late summer of 1971 in California at Berkeley, Sun Ra took part in presenting a series of lectures as part of the Pan African Studies curriculum. In...
  • Part (2) of (4) - The 1971 Sun Ra Pan African lecture at Berkeley.

    SUN RA SPEAKS - BERKELEY LECTURE PT 2 - Duration: 23 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 9,311 views
    Part (2) of (4) - The 1971 Sun Ra Pan African lecture at Berkeley.
  • Part (3) of (4) - The 1971 Sun Ra Pan African lecture at Berkeley.

    SUN RA SPEAKS - BERKELEY LECTURE PT 3 - Duration: 28 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 7,499 views
    This is part (3) of (4) of the 1971 Sun Ra Pan African lecture at Berkeley.
  • "CLASS IS IN SESSION"

    In the late summer of 1971 in California at Berkeley, Sun Ra took part in presenting a series of lectures as part of the Pan African Studies curriculum. The is part (4) of (4) of "THE POWER OF WORDS".

    SUN RA SPEAKS - BERKELEY LECTURE PT 4 - Duration: 12 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 5,259 views
    "CLASS IS IN SESSION"

    This is the final segment of the Sun Ra Pan African lecture at Berkeley in 1971.
  • THE SHADOW WORLD

    From a 1978 concert more likely at the University of Toronto, there was a tape reel with one song discovered in the archive. On this section of tape was a screaming version of "The Shadow World" containing the fire as of many of our classic 70's concerts. This was a true spotlight performance of Marshall Allen on alto sax. Uhm!

    SUN RA MUSIC - SHADOW WORLD (1978) - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 753 views
    THE SHADOW WORLD

    From a 1978 concert more likely at the University of Toronto, there was a tape reel with one song discovered in the archive. On this section of tape was a screaming version of "Th...
  • Sun Ra & Stuff Smith

    During the time of this recording, Sunny was working with violinist Stuff Smith and his trio. During a rehearsal with Stuff, Sunny brought out his new tape recording deck that recorded on paper tape. Many of these brittle but quality sound recordings have been preserved. Again, It's nice to hear Sunny telling his own story which is HIS-STORY unearthing the MYSTERY!

    SUN RA SPEAKS - STUFF SMITH 1948 - Duration: 6 minutes, 3 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 2,282 views
    During the time of this recording, Sunny was working with violinist Stuff Smith and his trio. During a rehearsal with Stuff, Sunny brought out his new tape recording deck that recorded on paper tap...
  • SUN RA MUSIC - BELL DONE RUNG - Duration: 9 minutes, 39 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 756 views
    THE BELL DONE RUNG

    This is The Arkestra in a rare and humorous moment, as we would say, "ACTING UP ON STAGE". Yes, the theme is serious, but we would never know what our how we would perform a son...
  • Suny speaks about his composition Dreams Come True, vocalist Clyde Williams and his R&B Doo Wop group The Cosmic Rays.

    SUN RA SPEAKS - DREAMS COME TRUE - Duration: 5 minutes, 54 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 2,288 views
    In this video Sun Ra talks about composing "Dreams Come True" and vocalist Clyde Williams. Included is take (2) of the song which was recorded during the 1956 "Sound Of Joy" recording session. My b...
  • Enjoy Sun Ra and The Arkestra jamming on Journey To Saturn in Philadelphia in 1979.

    SUN RA MUSIC - JOURNEY TO SATURN - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 1,465 views
    NOTE: Sun Ra does not speak on this video

    This is another one of our anthems recorded live in 1979 in Philadelphia with the band singing. This time we have another recitation from "The Cosmic Pre...
  • Sun Ra speaks about June Tyson and Art Jenkins followed by music featuring both singers.

    SUN RA SPEAKS - JUNE TYSON & ART JENKINS - Duration: 9 minutes, 12 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 1,302 views
    This video focuses on Sunny speaking about vocalists June Tyson and Art Jenkins followed by selected music. The songs feature my space mommy June Tyson singing "Along Came Ra" in 1985 and Art Jenki...
  • The Sun Ra Music Archive is currently working on the official Sun Ra You-Tube Music Channel for the 2014 Centennial. The head banner will be corrected ASAP. While things are being organized please enjoy and share these music videos with your friends. There are many musical surprises in our videos for you. Dig and enjoy the psychedelic visuals created by Michael D. Anderson, Executive Director of The Sun Ra Music Archive.

  • Sunny speaks about Night of The Purple Moon, My Brother The Wind and The Bridge.

    SUN RA SPEAKS - NIGHT OF THE PURPLE MOON PLUS - Duration: 12 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 2,178 views
    This video includes Sunny talking about "Night Of The Purple Moon", "My Brother The Wind" and "The Bridge". The interview is interspersed with the songs or poem composed by Sun Ra.
  • SUN RA MUSIC - MAJESTIC HALL 1960 - Duration: 20 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 1,326 views
    This video focuses on the "Hard Space Bop Book" of Sun Ra compositions and the music is "Oo-la-wee". The recordings come from the original master tape and sound far better than the version released...
  • SUN RA MUSIC - OUTER SPACEWAYS INCORPORATED (LIVE) - Duration: 3 minutes, 53 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 923 views
    From 1976 we share music from this Jazz Showcase concert in Chicago with June Tyson adding a special vocal flavor to this romping version of the song. Yes, we would jam our asses off many nights.
  • SUN RA SPEAKS - PLANET GETTING WORSE / PLEIADES - Duration: 13 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 4,215 views
    The interesting part of this video series is in many cases you get to hear Sunny (Sun Ra) speak his own thoughts about a particular subject which is featured in our music videos.

    Sunny always spok...
  • SUN RA MUSIC - PREPARE FOR THE JOURNEY - Duration: 9 minutes, 17 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 776 views
    Yes, we would have a great time singing our many "Space Anthems". This is unique live performance from 1974 with the band singing and a special vocal rendering of "Swing Low Space Chariot" sung by ...
  • SUN RA MUSIC - THE SOUND MIRROR - Duration: 9 minutes, 15 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 1,700 views
    This is another version of Sound Mirror that we performed in 1977. It was truly an astounding time when we began performing this Sun Ra composition. Some time we would play this composition for at ...
  • SUN RA MUSIC - SPACE IN A PLEASANT MOOD - Duration: 20 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 288 views
    From the original master tapes we present a quiet setting with Sun Ra and the Arkestra exploring the gentle side of space. Songs include Tiny Pyramids, Fate In A Pleasant Mood, The Nile and Ancient...
  • SUN RA - STAR BRIGHT - Duration: 2 minutes, 57 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 563 views
    The Sun Ra Music Archive presents this short and exquisitely beautiful Sun Ra composition recorded during a 1965 rehearsal. Visual concept by Michael D. Anderson, Archive Executive Director.
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