A new book looks at the visual art associated with the blues over the course of its dynamic history.
Charting the history of blues through posters, album covers, publicity photos, label design and sheet music, Bill Dahl’s “The Art of the Blues: A Visual Treasury of Black Music’s Golden Age” makes the case that blues music culture is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the ears.
Author-historian Dahl has written for Goldmine, the Chicago Tribune and Living Blues magazine. He joins us in conversation.
Reprinted with permission from The Art of the Blues: A Visual Treasury of Black Music’s Golden Age by Bill Dahl, published by the University of Chicago Press. © 2016 by Elephant Book Company Limited. The University of Chicago Press edition published 2016. All rights reserved.
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