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18 February 2014
Del Jones tribute
Now Playing: Water Into Wine Band "Harvest Time"

Del Jones was a militant black activist and sworn enemy of ghetto heroin use. Among record collectors he's also remembered as the creator of "Court Is Closed", a rare underground funk-rock title which has demonstrated remarkable crossover potential with psych specialists, such as the fine gentlemen who coordinated the vinyl reissue about a decade ago. This all refers to the 'rock' version which, as Rockadelic Rich recently revealed, was Del Jones favorite version. The 'funk' version (with the African map on the cover) was created for commercial reasons only, and held less sway with Del.

Here's a mash-up I did combining elements of Del Jones' title track and a Puerto Rican kid speaking about the ghetto from an anti-drug spoken word record I have:


Posted by Patrick at Lysergia at 15:20 CET
Updated: 18 February 2014 15:27 CET
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18 February 2014 - 15:54 CET

Name: "Dave Baldwin"

18 February 2014 - 16:18 CET

Name: "Dave Baldwin"

I used to have a home-made cassette tape from the 90s of Mr. Jones speaking at an African-American church service that displayed both his singular oratory skills and his wicked sense of humor. His character assasination of Michael Jackson's moral influence on society was both laugh-out-loud funny and insightful. He also went on at length about some of his pet conspiracy theories and I was mildly surprised to find that many were more congruent with those of the domestic Libertarian and Tea Party groups on the American political Right than the usuall neo-Marxist class and race-warfare cliches favored by most of those the Government pidgeon-holes as "Black militants". A unique voice indeed.

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