Space Is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra
John F. Szwed
Publisher: Da Capo PressFormat: Paperback
Sun Ra, a.k.a. Herman Poole “Sonny” Blount (1914-1993), has been hailed as “one of the great big-band leaders, pianists, and surrealists of jazz” "(New York Times)“ and as ”the missing link between Duke Ellington and Public Enemy“ ”(Rolling Stone).“ Composer, keyboardist, bandleader, philosopher, poet, and self-proclaimed extraterrestrial from Saturn, Sun Ra led his ”Intergalactic Arkestra" of thirty-plus musicians in a career that ranged from boogie-woogie and swing to be-bop, free jazz, fusion, and New Age music. This definitive biography reveals the life, philosophy, and musical growth of one of the twentieth century's greatest avant-garde musicians.
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