This is some great footage from Thomas Reichman’s 1961 documentary Mingus: Charlie Mingus 1968. Watch as the NYC Department of Sanitation trucks away his possessions, including one of his upright basses, and as the NYPD subsequently arrests him for possession of hypodermic needles. It’s a sad state of affairs, but worth watching, especially given the current debate raging over law enforcement and racial profiling. FTP.
A few choice quotes from Charlie:
“Blood is not my bag. Broads is my bag.”
“I think America is beautiful.”
“I hope the Communists blow you people up.”
Bonus footage: Punk Rock Mingus.