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Space is the place : the lives and times of Sun Ra

Author: John F Szwed
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Sun Ra - a/k/a Herman Poole "Sonny" Blount - was born in Alabama on May 22, 1914. But like Father Divine and Elijah Muhammad, he made a lifelong effort to obscure many of the facts of his early life. After years as a rehearsal pianist for nightclub revues and in blues and swing bands, including Wynonie Harris's and Fletcher Henderson's, Sun Ra set out in the 1950s to find a way to impart his views about the galaxy,
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Szwed, John F., 1936-
Space is the place.
New York : Pantheon Books, c1997
(OCoLC)652439955
Named Person: Sun Ra.; Sun Ra; Sun Ra.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John F Szwed
ISBN: 0679435891 9780679435891 1841950556 9781841950556
OCLC Number: 36112059
Awards: Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award, 1998.
Description: xviii, 476 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Other Titles: Lives and times of Sun Ra
Responsibility: John F. Szwed.
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Sun Ra's music as it is about his passionate, often wildly unorthodox views on the galaxy, black people and spiritual matters. With the various incarnations of his inimitable Arkestra, his repertoire  Read more...

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