Travelling the Spaceways
Sun Ra, the Astro Black and Other Solar Myths
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Travelling the Spaceways by John Corbett
Book DescriptionSun Ra (1914-93) - self-proclaimed visionary extraterrestrial of the "Angel Race," prophetic jazz band leader and composer, and lyrical proponent of Afro-futurism - was one of the most influential figures of twentieth-century music. Though many of Sun Ra's fans are familiar with the philosophical and spiritual dimensions of his work, most remain blissfully unaware of how artists have continued to explore time and (outer) space through the invention and composition of his legacy. Published to coincide with the exhibition Pathways to Unknown Worlds, the remarkable illustrations and essays of "Traveling the Spaceways" confronts the visual manifestation of Sun Ra's philosophy and demonstrates how graphics and design were essential to his message of self-determination. The influence of Sun Ra's openness to new technologies and experimentation, his sense of personal identity as a construct rather than a given, and his playful attitude toward history and myth-making are all evidenced by the remarkable writers and artists who have contributed to this volume, including Pedro Bell, My Barbarian, Dave Muller, and Charlemagne Palestine. A refreshing reconsideration of the impact of Sun Ra's life on American history and visual culture, "Traveling the Spaceways" is an unforgettable look at the Ra persona in the context of contemporary art.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780945323150
(241mm x 165mm x 10mm)
Imprint: WhiteWalls, Inc
Publisher: WhiteWalls, Inc
Publish Date: 28-Jan-2011
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - John Corbett
John Corbett is a widely recognized jazz scholar and a former artistic director of the Berlin Jazz Festival. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Anthony Elms is the editor of WhiteWalls and assistant director of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Terri Kapsalis is a Chicago-based writer, performer, and founding member of Theater Oobleck. She teaches at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.
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