„Well, actually, I'm a psychic being, and you know, we don't concern ourselves with being born; we concern ourselves with being eternal; we deal with the spirit.“

—  Sun Ra

Interview with Jennifer Rycenga (2 November 1988)

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Sun Ra
pianista, compositore e poeta statunitense 1914 - 1993

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