Space is the place : the lives and times of Sun Ra (Book, 2020) []
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Space is the place : the lives and times of Sun Ra

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

Author: John F Szwed
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2020.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Additional Physical Format: Szwed, John F., 1936- Space is the place
Durham : Duke University Press, 2020
Named Person: Sun Ra
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John F Szwed
ISBN: 9781478008415 1478008415
OCLC Number: 1204308846
Description: 1 vol. (xxxiv-476 p.-8 p. de pl.) : couv. ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments xiii Preface xvii Introduction xxxi Space is the Place 1 Notes 389 Selected Bibliography 409 Discography by Robert L. Campbell 427 Index 449
Responsibility: John F. Szwed.


John F. Szwed's Space is the Place is the definitive biography of Sun Ra-composer, keyboardist, bandleader, philosopher, entrepreneur, poet, self-proclaimed extraterrestrial from Saturn, and a  Read more...


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"One of the great jazz biographies." -- Val Wilmer * The Guardian * "Szwed has produced a rare jazz biography-one that takes full account of the history that shaped the music and its central Read more...

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