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 Hair Pie Resistance 

 (Bobby Seale, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, Sun Ra, Henry Dumas) 


At the invitation of Bobby Seale Sun Ra and his Arkestra moved to Oakland, California, in 1971 and lived in a house owned by the Black Panther Party. Sun Ra was appointed a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley through the Regents' programme and the Department of Afro-American Studies. His spiritual teachings, however, soon clashed with the social and revolutionary practice of the Black Panther Party, and Sun Ra and the Arkestra had to leave Oakland in 1972. This conflict between Sun Ra's religious message of salvation and the Black Panthers' revolutionary programme is one of the themes of the film Space Is The Place from 1972, and is central to the track Support the Ravolution by the Hair Pie Resistance.
Fragments of Bobby Seale's speech Up Against The Wall at the Fillmore East, NYC, 1968 have been mixed with the instrumental pieces Hair Pie: Bake 1 & 2 by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band. The two Hair Pie pieces are interrupted by part of a conversation between Sun Ra and the Afro-American author Henry Dumas, who was shot dead by a policeman in Harlem in 1968.

Hair Pie: Bake 1 & 2 can be found on the album Trout Mask Replica from 1969, which is generally considered to be the pinnacle of Captain Beefheart's (Don van Vliet's) musical output On his earlier albums Safe As Milk (1967) Strictly Personal (1968) and Mirror Man (recorded in 1967-68 but not released until 1971) Captain Beefheart had already given proof of his genius by integrating all kinds of musical styles (varying from blues and free jazz to pop) and poetry into personal and innovating music. But the surreal album Trout Mask Replica still stands unparalleled. Captain Beefheart's music forms a complex and dazzling backdrop for an encounter between Bobby Seale and Sun Ra, now punctuating, then disrupting their statements. Support the Ravolution!
 Support the Ravolution 
 (Bobby Seale, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, Sun Ra, Henry Dumas) 
Support The Ravolution consists of the tracks Hair Pie: Bake 1 & 2 from the album Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band (1969) and Up Against The Wall, a speech by Bobby Seale at the Fillmore East, New York City, 1968. In between Hair Pie: Bake 1 and Hair Pie: Bake 2 Sun Ra talks with Henry Dumas at Slug's Saloon, New York City, 1966.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica, Reprise Records, 2027-2 The speech by Bobby Seale was sent to me on CD by Cary Loren from Michigan but has been published on King Mob label.
The conversation between Sun Ra and Henry Dumas was published on the CD The Ark and the Ankh, IKEF recordings, Chicago.


Home Page Replica, a site dedicated to Captain Beefheart & his Magic band: http://www.shiningsilence.com/hpr/

Sun Ra rticles and photographs: http://www.blastitude.com/13/ETERNITY/sun_ra.htm

Webpages of the magazine Sun Ra research: http://www.sunraresearch.com/

The Black Panther Party: http://www.blackpanther.org/

Bobby Seale's website: http://www.bobbyseale.com/

Articles on Henry Dumas: http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/a_f/dumas/dumas.htm
 Missed Encounters   Analysis Groove   Degeneration   Heliocentric Committee 
 PÜLSÅR SRH7Ø9Ø   The Delirious Rock   Rocktastic Revolution   Robert F. Williams 
 Lucifer Sam Division   Trade Union   Bloc concret 
 Fat Funky Person   The Echoing Green   Hair Pie Resistance