Verve: The Sound of America (Hardback)
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Short Description for Verve Tells the entire story of jazz from its earliest days in New Orleans to the 1970s and beyond told through archival material from Verve, the genre's most important label. This title presents some of the rarest records and unseen ephemera from the label that helped define the world of jazz.
- Published: 04 November 2013
- Format: Hardback 400 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780500517147 ISBN 10: 0500517142
- Sales rank: 62,625
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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.