Legends of the Blues

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Robert Johnson, Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Howlin’ Wolf, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters—say their names out loud and you can just hear the blues. Now, acclaimed artist William Stout visualizes these artists and their music with 100 stunning portraits. This graphically powerful collection includes profiles of classic musicians drawn by a master illustrator. Stout beautifully captures the signature style of each blues legend and then adds authoritative biographical text with personal and humorous writing that brings ...
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Robert Johnson, Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Howlin’ Wolf, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters—say their names out loud and you can just hear the blues. Now, acclaimed artist William Stout visualizes these artists and their music with 100 stunning portraits. This graphically powerful collection includes profiles of classic musicians drawn by a master illustrator. Stout beautifully captures the signature style of each blues legend and then adds authoritative biographical text with personal and humorous writing that brings it on home. Includes recommended playlists and an exclusive bonus music CD.

Praise for Legends of the Blues:

“So good, you’d think illustrator William Stout made a deal with the devil.” —Mother Jones.com

“I could go on and on about how much I love Stout's detailed pen-and-ink work and pleasing watercolors” – Boing Boing
 

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post - Chris Richards
…[a] handsome and handy crash course in American blues music…Many of Stout's illustrations are as evocative as they are attractive.
Library Journal
How can it be that R. Crumb didn't include Robert Johnson in his iconic trading cards set of blues artists in 1980? That devilish omission is here remedied by Stout, a writer and artist in the style of Crumb, in his coverage of 100 blues legends who were not part of that earlier acclaimed collection. Each alphabetically arranged artist profile includes a full-color portrait plus witty facing-page biographical and playlist commentary framed by a fan's introduction by Leimbacher, a former Rolling Stone writer who owns the Seattle-area bookshop MisterEBooks. A bonus CD of 14 classic blues tracks from Shout! Factory artists is included. VERDICT A fine new companion to R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country (Abrams, 2006).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419706868
  • Publisher: Abrams ComicArts
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 777,969
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William Stout is an award-winning artist and writer who has worked for over 45 years in various media, including comics (Tarzan and Little Annie Fanny, with Harvey Kurtzman); film (with Monty Python, Jim Henson, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, and Disney); the record industry; magazine illustration; and public murals at museums across the country, including the San Diego Natural History Museum and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. He lives in Pasadena, California.
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