The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy is Enlightening

By RASCHKA, Chris

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ISBN
9780763658069
Publisher
Candlewick


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on April 1, 2014  |  Preschool to Grade 4

Gr 3–6—Raschka's proven ability to convey in words and images the musical essence of composers or traditions as diverse as Sergei Prokofiev, John Coltrane, and Shaker hymnody now extends to the avant-garde jazz of Herman "Sonny" Blount. Carefully selected details respect subject and audience: "Sun Ra always said that he came from Saturn. Now, you and I know that this is silly…. And yet. If he did…it would explain so much. Let's say he did…." Readers learn that this "intergalactic boulevardier" was born in Birmingham, had an early aptitude for mus...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on May 1, 2014

Jazz pioneer and self-proclaimed space case Sun Ra (born Herman P. Blount) gets a portrait as bemusing and sparkly as the man himself in this fantastical tribute. Raschka begins by identifying Sun Ra as a free-spirited iconoclast who believed that he came from Saturn, simple as that. From there Raschka offers readers a linear history of Sun Ra's musical education and innovation, in a direct, admiring narrative. The pianist and bandleader journeys from Birmingham to Chic...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

Jazz pioneer and free-spirited iconoclast Sun Ra (he believed he came from Saturn) gets a portrait as bemusing as the man himself in th...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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