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Space Jazz: Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard was a Songwriter

Most know him as a science fiction writer turned cult leader. L Ron Hubbard was the founder of widely criticized modern religious group, Scientology. Few people know that in addition to writing stories, Hubbard composed soundtracks with support from some of the great session musicians at the time; Chic Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Nicky Hopkins.

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Space Jazz was the first soundtrack to ever accompany a science fiction novel. It was released in 1982 to support one of Hubbard’s most publicized books, Battlefield Earth. Hubbard allegedly composed these tunes himself and then turned them over to some of the great jazz musicians of its era. The book was later made into a film starring Scientologist John Travolta, proving to be a major flop in the box offices. Critics generally hated the movie and it won several “worst film” awards.

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Hubbard’s music received harsh criticism across the board. His albums Mission Earth and Road to Freedom were commercial failures despite support from high-profile musicians. You can listen to an example of Hubbard’s music here.

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