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- DescriptionThis ground-breaking biography is as much about Sun Ra's music as it is about his passionate, often wildly urthodox views on the galaxy, black people and spiritual matters. With the various incarnations of his inimitable Arkestra, his repertoire ranged from boogie-woogie to swing to be-bop to fusion to New Age, and his influence extended throughout the jazz and rock worlds. While Sun Ra made a lifelong effort to obscure many of the facts of his early years, he did ackwledge that he was born on the planet Saturn. John Szwed has succeeded brilliantly in delving into and evoking the life and work of this extraordinary artist.
- Author BiographyJohn F. Szwed is Professor of Anthropology, Afro-American Studies, Music, and American Studies at Yale University. He has written about music for many publications, including the New York Times, Musician, and the Boston Phoenix. He lives in Trumbull, Connecticut.
- Author(s)John F. Szwed
- PublisherCanongate Books Ltd
- Date of Publication10/10/2000
- SubjectBiography: The Arts
- Place of PublicationEdinburgh
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintMOJO Books
- Content Note8pp b&w photographs
- Weight338 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
- Edition StatementMain
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