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Space Is The Place:
The Lives And Times Of Sun Ra

by John F. Szwed

ISBN 0306808552 / 9780306808555 / 0-306-80855-2
Publisher Da Capo Press
Language English
Edition Softcover
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Born Herman Poole Blount in Alabama in 1914, he reinvented himself in the 1950s as Sun Ra, the great surrealist of jazz whose free-form performances with his Arkestra amply justified the description "'jspace music." His mystical beliefs were equally avant-garde; Yale professor John Szwed sympathetically explains some fairly far-out notions as "driven by a hunger for totality that only music could express." Szwed recovers the biographical facts Sun Ra was often at pains to obscure, without losing sight of the overriding role imagination played in this visionary life. [via]