Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
ghost of miles

New book about Sun Ra

7 posts in this topic

On April 13, 2017 at 0:33 PM, clifford_thornton said:

It is. I don't love it thus far but I am learning things.

The imagined conversations are jarring and irritating, no matter what sources he's rooting them in--suddenly it feels as if we're on the ground of a novel, rather than a cultural-research account. I'm enjoying it for the most part, because it's such an interesting topic, an expansion on areas that Szwed and Corbett have delved into... But any kind of Joe McGinnis Kennedy-walking-on-the-beach moments drive me to distraction in histories or biographies of any sort.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

These imagined conversations sound like a strange idea. Would Szwed still be the first place to go to, or this newer book?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

1 hour ago, clifford_thornton said:

Szwed.

Definitely. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Been a fair while since I've read Szwed's Sun Ra book, but I very specifically remember loving his Miles biography, with lots of insights I don't remember having read previously at that point.

That, and he's just a damn good writer, iirc.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in



Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.