Jason Heller, author of Strange Stars, will be discussing the mingling of the horizon expanding forces of 1970's science fiction and music.
A cursory look at today’s Comic Con scene might give you the impression that the nerds have well and truly succeeded in infiltrating pop-culture. In his book, Strange Stars, Jason Heller argues that in actual fact the nerds have been winning all along! Here he presents a whole generation of revered musicians as the sci-fi obsessed conjurers they really were: from Sun Ra lecturing on the black man in the cosmos, to Pink Floyd jamming live over the broadcast of the Apollo 11 moon landing; from a wave of Star Wars disco chart toppers, to Jimi Hendrix distilling the “purplish haze” he discovered in a pulp novel into psychedelic song. Of course, the whole scene was led by David Bowie, who hid in the balcony of a movie theatre to watch 2001: A Space Odyssey, and came out a changed man…
For full details and to book tickets visit the Bristol Central Library website.
Venue: Bristol Central Library, BS1 5TL