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Omniverse - Sun Ra - Harmut Geerken & Chris Trent


For five decades, Sun Ra brightened planet Earth with his unique, provocative and esoteric musical philosophy. Touring the world with his formidable Arkestra, he represented and affirmed a new vision of Black history and culture, embodied and spread a new and powerfully influential Black philosophy, and revolutionised music with sounds from beyond the purple star zone.

Ra accepted no limitation imposed on him by earthly powers: his vista was the universe, his travel was interplanetary, his music borne along the spaceways as he delivered messages of light to a sleeping world. Now more than ever, the value and radicalism of his protean musical inventiveness, his socially collective self-determination, and his philosophical and poetic profundity can be seen. Where Ra went, we are slowly going, and we will find his message for us waiting there.

The new edition of Omniverse – Sun Ra is a major contribution to Sun Ra studies, and a dazzling overview of its subjects astonishingly productive career on Earth - the definitive companion to the many worlds of Sun Ra.

With many previously un-published photographs of Sun Ra and His Arkestra in New York 1966 and Germany 1979 by Val Wilmer and Hartmut Geerken’s previously un-published photographs from Heliopolis Cairo Egypt 1971. Updated Discography by Chris Trent. Comprehensive pictorial and annotated discography, including chronological discography and alphabetical record title, composition, personnel and record label indexes. Shellac Records, 78RPM indexes, 45 RPM Singles indexes. Jackets and Labels indexes. Essays, photo documents by Hartmut Geerken, Val Wilmer, Amiri Baraka, Robert L. Campbell, Chris Cutler, Gabi Geist, Sigrid Hauff, Karl Heinz Kessler, Robert Lax and Salah Ragab.

Omniverse Sun Ra
Hartmut Geerken and Chris Trent.
Art Yard
Hardcover, 304pp
290mm x 245mm

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