Remembering Bernard Stollman, Founder of ESP-Disk

courtesy/ ESP-Disk
courtesy/ ESP-Disk

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Bernard Stollman. As a New York Times obit by Nate Chinen begins:

Bernard Stollman, whose staunchly independent record label, ESP-Disk, provided an indispensable chronicle of the free jazz of the 1960s, and a series of provocations from the psychedelic counterculture, died on Monday in Great Barrington, Mass. He was 85.

The case was heart failure related to complications of prostate cancer, his brother Steve said.

In tribute, here’s a 2010 piece I did for The Wall Street Journal:

The sign outside the Universal Outreach Ministries of Deliverance on Bedford Road, just off DeKalb Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, quotes Scripture. The one across the street, atop a nondescript storefront, says this: “You never heard such sounds in your life.”

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