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The Wisdom of Sun Ra Available Now

Known for his talent as a jazz composer, bandleader and keyboardist, Sun Ra recorded regularly from the 1950s to the 1990s and influenced countless musicians. But outside of the music world, Sun Ra also made a name for himself with his “cosmic philosophy,” which curious fans everywhere can now read thanks to The Wisdom of Sun-Ra.

Published by The University of Chicago Press, The Wisdom of Sun-Ra is a collection of broadsheets and streetcorner leaflets authored by Sun Ra that describe his opinions on racism, the Bible and the Omniverse. Compiled and introduced by John Corbett, an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, the nearly 40 transcriptions bear titles like “The Way of the Cross,” “Wake Up! Wake Up! Wake Up!” and “I Have Set You Before Life and Death-Choose Life.”

For readers, the book will offer “an amazing, sometimes shocking, view into the uncut early investigations of Sun Ra” into Biblical prophecy, etymology and black nationalism, writes Corbett in his introduction. For those wanting to look further into Sun Ra’s philosophies-and willing to spend the $20 to do so-The Wisdom of Sun-Ra contains a treasure trove of material.

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