One Mind Temple John Coltrane [pamphlet]
San Francisco: np, . Two-sided sheet folded to create a 4 pp. pamphlet. Offset. 4 ¼ x 5 ⅜ in. Very good, with two spots of light discoloration on the back wrap (<⅛ in. & ~¼ in.), and some light wear on the edges of wraps. Item #6777
Devotional fold-out pamphlet from the One Mind Temple, later known as the John Coltrane Church, featuring a fragment of the liner notes to A Love Supreme with a facsimile of Coltrane’s signature.
The liner notes and album were foundational texts for the Coltrane Church; Coltrane was first canonized as a saint by the Temple, and a few years later, was worshiped as God, or as an incarnation of the divine. Located in the Fillmore district, the church was a community and mutual aid hub, with connections to the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton, as well as other Bay area community organizations. By 1982, the Temple had been consecrated into the African Orthodox Church.
Printed as the church had its first major reorganization, moving to their famous Divisadero Street location and becoming the “One Mind Temple,” this remarkable pamphlet documents the lasting influence of Coltrane’s studies of spirit and divinity.