Cover of Paul Youngquist's book, "A Pure Solar World"

Professor Paul Youngquist has returned safely from outer space with A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism, a study of one of the most original and influential musician/composers to have graced our solar system.

"Surveying the range of Sun Ra’s extraordinary creativity, this book explores how the father of Afrofuturism brought “space music” to a planet in need of transformation, supporting the aspirations of black people in an inhospitable white world."

Listen to Professor Youngquist's interview with the New Books Network here.