Jazz and Pop, Youth and Middle Age like Young

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Rashaan, Rashaan

It figures, I suppose, that the first jazz musician I got to know offstage was one who was larger than life there too. I met Rashaan Roland Kirk in 1971 ... no, I inherited him, when I was hired as record buyer for Radio 437, a Philadelphia audio store whose selection of jazz imports put to shame any in New York, at least according to Rashaan. I remember him telling me that what had first lured him into the store was our voluminous stock of Folkways African LPs. He had no way of knowing that these very albums had hastened my predecessor's departure. African field recordings must have seemed like a good idea in those days of nascent cultural nationalism, when even our older black customers were starting to wear dashikis and grow naturals. But Rashaan was practically our only customer for them, and in desperation, my bosses slashed prices on our Folkways stock and hung a large banner announcing RADIO 437 IS RETURNING TO THE ROOTS! Which prompted one of my colleagues in the record department to quip, "Sure, all the way back to Moloch, the first thief in the Old Testament." A friend of mine, a native New Yorker, who wandered in during a heated argument between one of my bosses and me, described 437 as Philadelphia's only "Brooklyn" store. Conversations there tended to be shouting matches and if no Yiddish word existed for something, my bosses would make one up (crappy equipment bought cheap and sold at a high markup was a "klomus"). Every day at 437 was an object lesson in the tensions that can result when one ethnic group is doing the selling and another is doing the buying. To our


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