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L. Ron Hubbard Sings! And Other Things You May Not Have Heard From Scientology's Founder

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The cover of L. Ron Hubbard's 1982 album 'Space Jazz,' the soundtrack to his book 'Battlefield Earth' The cover of L. Ron Hubbard's 1982 album 'Space Jazz,' the soundtrack to his book 'Battlefield Earth'

Writer L. Ron Hubbard holds the Guinness World Record for most published works by a single author -- 1,084. He founded the Dianetics self-help movement. He developed and led the Church of Scientology. This makes for a pretty impressive resume. But did you know that L. Ron Hubbard was also a musician? There are at least four distinct records with music that can be either credited to him directly or attributed to his inspiration.

In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Nathan Rabin talks about his recent piece for Slate, "L. Rock Hubbard: Revisiting The Curious Career Of The Ultimate Cult Musician," which delves into Hubbard's musical contributions, his collaborations with keyboardist Chick Corea, actor John Travolta, blues guitarist Edgar Winter, and more. 

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