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Blue Notes in Black and White By Benjamin Cawthra

Blue Notes in Black and White by Benjamin Cawthra

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Miles Davis, supremely cool behind his shades. Billie Holiday, eyes closed and head tilted back in full cry. Blue Notes in Black and White charts the development of jazz photography from the swing era of the 1930s to the rise of black nationalism in the '60s.

Blue Notes in Black and White Summary

Blue Notes in Black and White: Photography and Jazz by Benjamin Cawthra

Miles Davis, supremely cool behind his shades. Billie Holiday, eyes closed and head tilted back in full cry. Blue Notes in Black and White charts the development of jazz photography from the swing era of the 1930s to the rise of black nationalism in the '60s. Through text and photographs, Benjamin Cawthra provides a fascinating account of the partnership between two of the twentieth century's most innovative art forms.

Blue Notes in Black and White Reviews

Benjamin Cawthra insightfully narrates the vast history of jazz-and its turbulent love-hate relationship with American culture.... To Cawthra, jazz photography genuinely captures a moment in time-these images are 'benchmarks' in the metamorphosis of music. (Down Beat) Bold, ruminative and personal, jazz music poses a challenge to the ace lensman that is answered repeatedly in these pages. Namely, how to capture the elusive internal makeup of any given jazz musician in a two-dimensional image that acts as a portal to the artist's soul... Ideal reading while spining Monk or Kind of Blue. Four stars. (MOJO) In Blue Notes in Black and White, you sense an author consumed and excited by his subject. He's synthesized loads of the literature and argument around jazz, and he builds particularly on recent works of historiography. (New York Times)

About Benjamin Cawthra

Benjamin Cawthra is associate professor of history and associate director of the Center for Oral and Public History at California State University, Fullerton.

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NGR9780226100746
9780226100746
022610074X
Blue Notes in Black and White: Photography and Jazz by Benjamin Cawthra
New
Paperback
The University of Chicago Press
20131120
360
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