Tribe Records’ co-founders Phil Ranelin and Wendell Harrison host a Tribe Records Celebration
Saturday, February 1st, 11–3PM
Rappcats, 5638 York Blvd, Los Angeles
Bandleaders, activists, mentors, co-founder of Detroit’s legendary Tribe Records collective Phil Ranelin and Wendell Harrison will be at Rappcats on Saturday February 1st, one day ahead of their not-to-be-missed performance with Art Don’t Sleep at The Lodge Room. The Rappcats space will be transformed into a gallery, showcasing posters, magazines, records, handbills, photos and other ephemeral items from the revolution in music that the pair launched and have stewarded through five decades from Ranelin and Harrison’s personal collections, and also from the collections of Egon and Soilpimp.
Ranelin and Harrison will be happy to sign copies of the albums they will be selling and discuss them, their Tribe label, and their enduring legacy. Both are bringing rare copies of their important Tribe Magazine, which they published in small editions in the 1970s in Detroit, and they will be on display. If we’re lucky they might even bring their instruments and play something.
The saxophonist Wendell Harrison, left, and the trombonist Phil Ranelin. Photo by Emily Rose Bennett for The New York Times