Dedicated to the enduring spirit of Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
Does Your House Have Lions?
"One day in the late sixties, I was on the phone with Rahsaan and mentioned to him that just that day I bought a house. He responded by asking, "Does your house have lions?" I said, "What?" He said, "Lions, you know like in front of a museum or the post office. You know, concrete lions. My house has lions. Get a house with lions."
I have been following this amazing blog for some time now, by the artist Berry Van Boekel. Here is a wonderful post about Rahsaan that includes an incredible painting of him.
(Also, I'm honored that Berry used a passage from my Rumpus essay about Rah.)
this year! And, of course, I'm extra excited because it's in Austin, where I live, and I get to go and help welcome and host filmmaker and friend, Adam Kahan. Here's a link to the updated website about the film. Check it out: http://www.rahsaanfilm.com/
p.s. the biopic of Hendrix will also make it's U.S. debut at SXSW.
the years people who saw Rahsaan in person have often told me how big
and powerful he was. Truth is he was about 5'10" and weighed about 160.
But the size of his presence was another story. His aura could've
gone one on one with Karl Malone."