Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sun Ra and HPB

D. Green in his blog for March 13 at the British music magazine, The Word, reminds us of the connection of the African-American composer Sun Ra (1914-1993) with HPB.

In early 1971 Sun Ra was artist-in-residence at University of California, Berkeley, teaching a course called “The Black Man In the Cosmos.” Rather few students enrolled but the classes were often full of curious persons from the surrounding community. One half-hour of each class was devoted to a lecture (complete with handouts and homework assignments), the other half-hour to an Arkestra performance or Sun Ra keyboard solo. Reading lists included the works of Madame Blavatsky and Henry Dumas, the Book of the Dead, Alexander Hislop’s The Two Babylons, The Book of Oahspe and assorted volumes concerning Egyptian hieroglyphs, African American folklore, and other topics.

The citation also appears in Sun Ra’s profile in Wikipedia here.

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