Our first issue of 2020 celebrates interstellar icon and generative force of nature: Sun Ra. Contributors on the topic include Taylor Ho Bynum, John Corbett, Naima Lowe, Luke Stewart, Thomas Stanley, and Ken Vandermark. The issue also features supplemental writing from Jessie Cox on Marshall Allen, Reg Bloor on Glenn Branca, Chris Pitsiokos on On The Corner, Peter Margasak on Derek Bailey's On The Edge series, and a conversation between Audra Wolowiec and Freya Powell. The issue closes with the first exquisite corpse of the new season: a phenomenal text work by Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother).
Copies are available now for preorder and will ship in advance of the July 17th street date. Sound American will hold a very special streaming event to celebrate the beginning of our 2020 print run featuring solo performances of Sun Ra’s music by Taylor Ho Bynum, Luke Stewart, and Ken Vandermark as well as readings by—and discussions with—John Corbett, Naima Lowe, and Thomas Stanley. Donations will be accepted during the streaming performance for Justice for Families, an organization dedicated to ending the mass incarceration of Black youth. Stay tuned here for more information on when and where you can take part.
As always, Sound American is:
- Printed using offset lithography in a special Pantone color throughout (which will change each issue)
- Bound with the highest quality thread-sewn binding, using cold glue and Otabind™, so the book lies open and stays completely flat, and will last for a lifetime.
- Printed on Holmen paper, an excellent Swedish stock
- Printed by die Keure, one of the finest book printers in the world in a limited edition of 500