1994. 4to (11 ½ x 11 ½ in.) in wraps. 252 pp. Some shelf-wear commensurate with age. Item #ANT195
This book, published a year after his death, collects Sun Ra’s writings, filmography and discography as well as the essays of friends and peers like Amiri Baraka, to produce the fullest portrait available of the ever-elusive but incredibly prolific Sun Ra.
Sun Ra (b. 1914 – d. 1993) was a poet, philosopher, composer, bandleader, and pianist. After becoming involved in the 1940’s Chicago jazz scene, he took on the name Sun Ra, developing a complex personal mythology. Claiming to be an alien from Saturn, he and his band donned costumes inspired by both the space age and ancient Egyptian culture. With this, Sun Ra helped pioneer Afrofuturism, and develop thoughts on identity and politics that continue to inspire. [dl].