So, they keep on publishing my letters, yo:
Tune in, space out
Sir: If The Independent insists on retaining the quaintly colonial categorisation of “World Music” within its Review pages, may I suggest the only other possible genre is “Space Music”, the only known exponent being Sun Ra.
It is a delightfully professional feeling to have the tone lowered by someone else’s title to your article. Chuckle chuckle. But i was caught out! Though Mr Ra is clearly the greatest exponent of Space Music, apparently there are others:
Sir: With reference to Giles Barrett’s letter (27 July) concerning “space music” and Sun Ra being the only known exponent, could I mention the band Gong, who not only played space music but hailed from the planet Gong?
DAVID R POLLARD
I stand corrected. I was making a serious point about a really bizarre and patronising aspect of the Independent’s usually excellent music coverage. But it was great to be able to mention Sun Ra.