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Paul Youngquist, A Pure Solar World

Paul Youngquist, A Pure Solar World

Paul Youngquist unpacks how Sun Ra’s unabashed creativity challenged a history of racial confinement and fueled hope for the future

A Pure Solar World explores how Sun Ra was a master of jazz composition, a pioneer in electronic music, a major African American poet, and an expansively free-thinking teacher. Author Paul Youngquist talks to us about the philosophy behind Sun Ra's space music, how audiences first responded to his music and his message, and why his work deserves more attention.

Wake up to Sun Ra. Stream the book’s author-curated playlist and read Paul Youngquist's commentary on our blog.

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