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The art of the blues : a visual treasury of black music's golden age

Author: Bill Dahl; Chris James, (Guitarist)
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This stunning book charts the rich history of the blues, through the dazzling array of posters, album covers, and advertisements that have shaped its identity over the past hundred years. The blues have been one of the most ubiquitous but diverse elements of American popular music at large, and the visual art associated with this unique sound has been just as varied and dynamic. There is no better guide to this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Illustrated works
Pictorial works
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Named Person: Blues
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Dahl; Chris James, (Guitarist)
ISBN: 9780226396699 022639669X
OCLC Number: 945884676
Description: 224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: The jazz me blues: sheet music --
That stuff you sell: pre-war race records ads --
The hottest bands! the biggest hits! record catalogs --
Rare beauty: pre-war 78 labels --
What a night, what a show! music and movie posters --
That sunny road: postwar blues 78 labels --
The blues roll on: album covers --
Hang it on the wall: photograph gallery --
I'm talkin about you: publications and promotions --
The big time: album covers.
Responsibility: Bill Dahl ; art consultant, Chris James.

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This stunning book charts the rich history of the blues, through the dazzling array of posters, album covers, and advertisements that have shaped its identity over the past hundred years. The blues have been one of the most ubiquitous but diverse elements of American popular music at large, and the visual art associated with this unique sound has been just as varied and dynamic. There is no better guide to this fascinating graphical world than Bill Dahl a longtime music journalist and historian who has written liner notes for countless reissues of classic blues, soul, R & B, and rock albums. With his deep knowledge and incisive commentary complementing more than three hundred and fifty lavishly reproduced images the history of the blues comes musically and visually to life. What will astonish readers who thumb through these pages is the amazing range of ways that the blues have been represented whether via album covers, posters, flyers, 78 rpm labels, advertising, or other promotional materials. We see the blues as it was first visually captured in the highly colorful sheet music covers of the early twentieth century.

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"This is a real visual masterpiece, recommended if you have a suitable coffee table to place it on to impress your mates when they drop round of an evening."--Blues & Rhythm "[The Art of the Blues] Read more...

 
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