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Publisher Comments:

Powerfully evocative photographs and voices that capture the lasting power and universal appeal of the blues.

State of the Blues is the photographer Jeff Dunas's stirring tribute to the blues, a vital American musical tradition. One of the earliest expressions of African American culture, the blues makes poetry of sorrow and finds humor and bitter irony in the hardships of life. It tells of loves lost and regained, and of the fight for dignity in a world that judges people by the color of their skin.

Alongside a series of intimate portraits of the greatest blues performers of our time--including B. B. King, Koko Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and many others--the book presents Dunas's timeless photographs of the landmarks and byways of the Blues Highway, a heritage trail through the American South that leads from New Orleans to Chicago, where the blues continues to thrive today.

A Preface by the legendary blues performer John Lee Hooker sets the stage for this unprecedented look at the state of the blues. In his Introduction, the noted blues scholar William Ferris, founder of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, provides the cultural and historical context for Dunas's remarkable photographs. A series of riveting interviews with leading blues performers lends immediacy to the book.

Synopsis:

Jeff Dunas's stirring tribute to the power of the blues, this volume presents a series of intimate portraits of and interviews with the greatest blues performers of our time, including B. B. King, Koko Taylor, John Lee Hooker, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Bonnie Raitt, and many others.

About the Author

Jeff Dunas has published his photographs in several major magazines, including GQ, Life, Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, and Esquire. Based in Los Angeles, Dunas has been photographing blues legs since 1994.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780893817992
Introduction:
Dunas, Jeff
Introduction:
Ferris, William
Photographer:
Dunas, Jeff
Author:
Dunas, Jeff
Author:
Ferris, William
Publisher:
Aperture
Subject:
Photography
Subject:
Blues
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Photo Essays
Subject:
Blues (music)
Subject:
Blues musicians
Subject:
Catalogs
Subject:
Photographs
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Photoessays & Documentaries
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Blues
Publication Date:
October 1998
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
12.36x9.90x.92 in. 3.35 lbs.

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Blues and Rhythm and Blues

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Product details 176 pages Aperture - English 9780893817992 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Jeff Dunas's stirring tribute to the power of the blues, this volume presents a series of intimate portraits of and interviews with the greatest blues performers of our time, including B. B. King, Koko Taylor, John Lee Hooker, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Bonnie Raitt, and many others.
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