Person:Herman Blount (Sun Ra)

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Herman Blount (Sun Ra)


Nickname:Sun Ra
Born:May 22, 1914, Birmingham, AL
Died:May 30, 1993, Birmingham, AL
Buried:Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, AL


•  Prolific jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his "cosmic philosophy," musical compositions and performances.

•  Blount entered Alabama A&M University in 1935. He didn't stay long, but while in Huntsville, he claimed he was abducted by a UFO. This became part of his mythic legend. - Encyclopedia of Alabama: Bio

•  Extremely innovative musical and performance styles.

Related Links:
•  Blastitude: Article - Article on

•  Blastitude: Interview - Interview with Sun Ra by John Sinclair
• - Albums and Singles
• Interview - Interview with Tyrone Hill, trombone player for the Sun Ra Arkestra
• Links - Links
•  Encyclopedia of Alabama: Bio - Bio
•  Encyclopedia of Alabama: Jazz Hall of Fame - Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
•  Esoterica - M.A. Thesis on Sun Ra From Ephrata (F-Ra-Ta) to Arkestra by David Stowe
•  Google Images - MANY Possible Photos of Sun Ra
•  Jazz Studies - Sun Ra's Home in Cyberspace
•  JazzWeekly - Interview with Marshall Allen about Sun Ra
•  Official Web Site
•  planet sun ra - Web Site
• - Bio with Photo
•  Space Is The Place. Jim Newman's Website for the film - Space Is The Place. Jim Newman's Website for the film
•  Sun R's Discography - Sun Ra's discography
•  Tipitinas - Interview with Michael Ray
•  YouTube: Cosmos - Door to the Cosmos
•  YouTube: Pyramids - Old footages of Sun Ra and his Arkestra by the pyramids and in Sardinia
•  YouTube: Space is the Place - Odd video
•  YouTube: Space Time - Space Time
•  YouTube: Sun Ra - Over 5,000 videos on YouTube listing of SunRa - much of it is his music, but some of it focuses on his world view.

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