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THE SOUND OF AMERICA

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by Richard Havers with a foreword by Herbie Hancock
GERMAN
21.6 X 27.7 CM
400 Pages
CA. 1.000 ILLS. IN COLOR
AND B/W
HARDCOVER WITH JACKET
available

ISBN 978-3-944874-06-7


THE STORY OF JAZZ RELATED THROUGH RARE ARCHIVAL MATERIALS
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE VERVE ARTISTS AND THEIR MUSIC

Norman Granz created a legend when he founded Verve Records: the label signed almost every major jazz artist. It was home to some of the greatest musicians in music history, including Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, and Ella Fitzgerald, and was the birthplace of their unforgettable songs.

In the strictly segregated America of the 1950s and 1960s, Granz organized racially integrated concerts that received a great deal of media attention. They brought listeners together beyond the confines of the music scene and confronted discrimination in America in an innovative way.

This lavishly illustrated volume presents Verve Records’ most important artists and albums, drawing on a wealth of material, including interviews, record covers, media reports, and many unpublished documents from the label’s archive. A must for every jazz fan.

Richard Havers is a jazz specialist at the Universal Music Group where he has produced CD editions including Louis Armstrong: Ambassador of Jazz, Impulse! Records, and Ella Fitzgerald.