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THE ART OF THE BLUES: A VISUAL TREASURY OF BLACK MUSIC'S GOLDEN AGE. Bill Dahl. University of Chicago Press, 2016. 224 pp. with 413 ills. (259 col.). 29 x 26 cm. LC 2016-14268 ISBN 9780226396699 In English.
Publisher's description: 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. We see striking and hard-to-find label designs from labels big (Columbia) and small (Rhumboogie).
Indexing: Western — United States — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Graphic Design — Books/Illustration/Printing
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 173134
Hardcover $35.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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