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

"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 values about the galaxy, Black people, and spiritual matters through the various incarnations of the Intergalactic Arkestra. His repertoire ranging from boogie-woogie, swing, and bebop to free form, fusion, and whatever, Sun Ra was above all a paragon of contradictions: profundity and vaudeville; technical pianistic virtuosity and irony; assiduous attention to arrangements and encouragement of collective improvisation; respect for tradition and celebration of the fresh"
Print Book, English, 2020
Duke University Press, Durham, 2020
1 vol. (xxxiv-476 p.-8 p. de pl.) : couv. ill. ; 24 cm.
9781478008415, 1478008415
Acknowledgments  xiii Preface  xvii Introduction  xxxi Space is the Place  1 Notes  389 Selected Bibliography  409 Discography by Robert L. Campbell  427 Index  449