Verve: The Sound of America

Verve: The Sound of America


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Verve: The Sound of America by Richard Havers

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
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 Verve’s own artists, complements the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500517147
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 11/04/2013
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 868,141
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Richard Havers is a consultant to Universal Music on jazz and has curated box sets including ?Louis Armstrong: Ambassador of Jazz and Ella Fitzgerald?: The Voice of Jazz. He has written extensively on the topic of 20th-century music and pop culture. His previous books include ?Verve, ?Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey, and ?Sinatra.???????

Herbie Hancock is the great American jazz pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, and composer.

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jazzball More than 1 year ago
This is a book that i have just started diving in to. A fantastic publication that I'll be looking at for a very long time. Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Jazz ... brings people together ... with a complete disregard for race, color or creed." - Norman Granz Verve: The Sound of America (Thames & Hudson Inc.) is a magnificent new release documenting the history of one of America's greatest record labels. Founded in 1956 by Norman Granz, Verve Records has been home to some of the most prolific names in jazz: Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and many, many more. Containing over 1,000 illustrations and a series of informative essays on a variety of topics all circling around Verve's incredible catalog - including a foreword by Herbie Hancock - Verve: The Sound of America captures the spirit of jazz, a quintessentially American genre of music. The pages truly come alive with photographs of street scenery and legendary musicians, both in vibrant color and seductive black-and-white. Succinct artist bios and recording notes are paired with gorgeous, high-quality cover artwork, highlighting Verve's abundant vault of material. Even the little things like font and the smooth paper stock help to accentuate the enormity of this book's substance and overall fantastic presentation. Verve: The Sound of America is indeed a treasure trove for any fan of jazz music who would undoubtedly spend hours on end poring over this voluminous delight of a "coffee table book." >> Original posted on my website, Hip Hop Is Read