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American Jukebox profiles the spirit and heartbeat of our American musical heritage. Christopher Felver has collected over 240 photographs from tours and encounters with musicians over the past 25 years. From Doc Watson to John Cage and Mavis Staples to Sonny Rollins, this collection celebrates the tapestry and diversity of musical styles that make up the American sonic landscape. Caught in action on the stage or posed, Felver captures these musicians and composers in their musical element, revealing the face behind the rhythms, beats, and melodies that have punctuated American musical culture. Scattered throughout are playlists, autographed lyrics, record sleeves, and contributions by musicians sharing their memorable experiences of the era.
Christopher Felver, filmmaker and photographer, has published seven books of photography, most recently Beat. Contributing to the visual archives of American culture, he has been a part of the American photography and videography scene for over 20 years. Felver's work has been featured in numerous international exhibits, including the New York Public Library, the Fahey/Klein Gallery of LA, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He recently directed and produced the documentary Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder.
Lee Ranaldo, founder of Sonic Youth, is a celebrated singer-songwriter, guitarist, and visual artist.
David Amram is an American composer, conductor, and performer.
Table of Contents
Forewords by David Amram and Lee RanaldoMy American Songbook: An IntroductionGalleryContributions by:*John Cage*Ralph Gibson*Ed Sanders*Joy Harjo*David Amram*Ramblin' Jack Elliott*Billy Cobham*Lorin RowanIndex
What People are Saying About This
Chris Felver's portraits aren't just accounts of their subjectsthey are conversations. When Felver locks eyes with someone, whether that someone is a legendarily formidable musician or a halfway-unknown poet, chemistry occurs. The subject lowers the mask and drops the pose, Felver trips the shutter, and a human moment is caught. You can bask in the warmth of those moments, as you look deep into eyes that normally might be as guarded as bank vaults.
Country Music Hall of Fame song writer, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist - Merle Haggard
This book is important work, you can feel the music in it...
Plug into this jukebox and see the faces and figures behind the greatest American music!
Art critic for The Huffington Post and associate editor for Fabrik Magazine - Peter Frank
Felver's compendia is itself a mega- (or if you would meta-) portrait, of a time and a place and an art form. His portraits of artists...capture the extent of their vitality and the degree of their intensity. American Jukebox is remarkable for its ecumenical embrace of (nearly) all forms of music-making in America, as represented by the leading interpreters, and innovators, in those forms. These images radiate a sense of moment, even occasion, no matter how candid.
What an extensive line-up of American musicians is presented here for our viewing pleasure. Just about every sinner and saint from Charlie Louvin to Ornette Coleman is caught for a moment in the web of Chris Felver's thoughtful camera.
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