Title: American Musicians Photographs By Lee ...
Publisher: D.A.P. (Distributed Art Publishers), New York
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition
295 pp. Photographs of over 300 American gospel, country, r&b, and jazz musicians taken throughout the 1950's, '60's and early '70's while Lee Friedlander was the house photographer at Atlantic Records. Introduction by music impresario Joel Dorn and interviews by Lee Friedlander with singer Ruth Brown and saxophonist Steve Lacy. Internally clean and sound. Black cloth covered boards with printed gilt titles on backstrip. Slightly bumped at head and tail corners of boards. Colour illustrated dustjacket is now protected by plastic book wrap. Due to weight (1.5 kg + packaging) extra shipping charges will apply for international orders. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 004517
Synopsis: "...an irresistible appeal... a new and exciting understanding of Friedlander, one of our most important contemporary photographers."--Andy Grundberg, The New York Times Book Review. "This informail but vast [book] -- 514 images! -- may be the best look yet at a half century of American music... Few labors of loves ever paid off so handsomely."--Malcolm Jones, Jr., Newsweek. "The sheer breadth of American Musicicians puts it in a class by itself."--Jason Berry, Chicago Tribune.
Review: Of all the great modern photographers, MacArthur "genius grant" winner Lee Friedlander is probably the hippest to music. Inspired by a Charlie Parker record at 16, he left Aberdeen, Washington, and launched his career alongside ambitious friends like Diane Arbus. Arbus had a cold eye, but as this book of photos he took for Atlantic Records from the 1950s to the '70s proves, Friedlander's eye was warmly empathetic, at one with his subjects' emotions. (He has compared himself to the guy in the Joe Turner song who's "like a one-eyed cat peekin' at a seafood store.")
A first-rate visual extravaganza, American Musicians captures the country's virtuosos in some of their most candid moments: Aretha Franklin getting respect in 1968, Mahalia Jackson wailing on her knees, Ella in her heyday, on the road with Count Basie, Miles Davis actually looking the viewer right in the eye the year of Bitches Brew. Friedlander was a great discoverer--he found the discarded 1917 photos of New Orleans' Bellocq (immortalized in the film Pretty Baby), and one of his own early nude models was the unknown Madonna Ciccone. He helps people bare their souls to the camera, and the souls in this book are of historic importance. American Musicians also includes Friedlander's interviews with Ruth Brown and Steve Lacy.
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