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Pathways to Unknown Worlds: Sun Ra, El Saturn and Chicago's Afro-Futurist Underground, 1954-68 Paperback – February 14, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: WhiteWalls (February 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0945323107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945323105
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,593,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[This collection] is engaging and absorbing, and rewards the curiosity of those interested in the man, his group, and his additions to and influence on the culture. Considering the importance of the man and the revolutionary, highly ahead-of-his-time nature of his ideas, those not already aware of Sun Ra's story have good reason to use this book to begin learning about him. . . . A gentle introduction to, and celebration of, the life, philosophy, and creativity of Sun Ra and El Saturn."
(Preston Park Cooper African American Review)

About the Author

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 the assistant director of Gallery 400, and he has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Terri Kapsalis is a Chicago-based writer and performer and a founding member of Theater Oobleck. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on September 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
The mid-1950s was a period of tremendous growth for Sun Ra and the bustling urban landscape of Chicago was the location of his transformation.

Not only did Sun Ra begin to shape the professional elements which would propel his music for five decades, but he found the path make strides philosophically and spiritually. The book delves into this personal journey which holistically brought Sun Ra to heights of tremendous knowledge and understanding.

Through the use of text, photographs and production materials, the rays of sunlight from thought and study are brought to life. This is Sun Ra the explorer and it is now the reader's journey, too.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hotrodimus on June 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
There's basically no content in the book - no real essays or useful information, just a bunch of what look like mimeographs and photocopies of blank pieces of paper with a few words written on them. This could not be less interesting if it tried.
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