TO CELEBRATE NIXON’S RESIGNATION, 1974:
From the New Orleans Times-Picayne:
Justice is a long-time fan of old school vinyl records. As a sideline, he built a couple of custom turntables, with handsome rectangular wood bodies. Aesthetically that wasn’t enough. Scanning the Internet, he came across photos of crop circles, the presumed landing sites of extraterrestrial vehicles.
It was a surrealistic eureka moment. Justice cut crop circle shapes from plywood, allowing the wood grain to represent the wheat crop. He assembled them into an oddly shaped turntable, augmented with over-sized industrial-chic bolts and brass fittings, plus a drumstick tone arm and a vaguely disco ball-style faceted, chrome record retaining weight. Connected to old-fashion vacuum-tube amps, Justice’s crop circle phonograph soared sweetly when he gently placed a 1970s record by jazz great Rahsaan Roland Kirk under the needle.