Verve: The Sound of America

Verve: The Sound of America

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By (author) Richard Havers, By (author) Herbie Hancock

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 222mm x 285mm x 45mm | 2,270g
  • Publication date: 4 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500517142
  • ISBN 13: 9780500517147
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 103,798

Product description

Verve signed practically every major jazz artist of the 1950s and 1960s and is home to some of the greatest music ever recorded. Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, and Ella Fitzgerald all released records through Verve. This superb new volume presents some of the rarest records and unseen ephemera from the label that helped define the world of jazz. Hundreds of the best examples of iconic seven-inch, ten-inch, and twelve-inch records appear, along with publicity reports, news clippings, ledger books, telegrams, and contracts. The ultimate music guide, the book includes features on key artists as well as infographics and timelines that reveal the connections between leading artists and Verve. Looking beyond the music scene, the book discusses segregation in America, the missions to take jazz to Europe and the world, the clubs, the places, and the people who made jazz vital. Commentary from the biggest names in jazz today, including some of Verves own artists, complements the text. 1,200 illustrations in color and black and white.

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If someone made an important contribution to jazz, they were probably signed by Verve. . . . How there's a new book by Richard Havers, 'Verve: The Sound of America' . . . which explores its rich heritage in vivid photographs and illustrations.