SUN RA: The Wisdom of Sun Ra: Sun Ra's Polemical Broadsheets and Streetcorner Leaflets. Edited by Jo
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144 pp with 56 color plates. 17.5 cm x 24 Paperback.While in Chicago in the mid-1950s, Sun Ra preached on street corners and occasionally created scripts to accompany his lectures-intricate texts that invoke science fiction, Biblical prophecy, etymology, and black nationalism. Until now, the only broadsheet known to exist was one given to John Coltrane in 1956. Now John Corbett and Anthony Elms have assembled a substantial collection of these early writings. Reproduced in facsimile, with Ra's handwritten notes and afterthoughts - with parallel transcription in print. Corbett contextualises and outlines Ras ideas in his introduction. Invaluable and historic documents, not merely about Ra but about the cultural climate in the 'progressive' black community in Chicago in the 50's.