[UCP Books]: The Art of the Blues

 

 

The Art of the Blues

 

 

A Visual Treasury of Black Music's Golden Age
Bill Dahl

Published by University of Chicago Press
 

US: November 15, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-226-39669-9 $35.00
UK: November 28, 2016 224 pages ▪ 350 color plates ▪ Cloth £24.50


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.

Bill Dahl is a freelance music journalist who writes regularly for the Chicago Tribune, Living Blues, and Goldmine. He has written or cowritten liner notes for countless albums—including the boxed set, Ray Charles—Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary, for which he received a Grammy nomination. He is the author of Motown: The Golden Years. Contact Ryo Yamaguchi ryamaguchi@press.uchicago.edu / 773. 834.8708 for more information.

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