“What intrigued me about LeRoy from the very beginning was that his work was rooted in fine art. He was teaching at the Art Institute when nobody else was blurring the lines between fine art and commercial art like he was. He’s always had that distinctive LeRoy style, one that I knew from day one would define the unique nature of Playboy. Trust has been the key to our relationship, and he’s the only artist I’ve worked with for more than fifty years. He’s a tremendous talent and a tremendous human being.”
“It was not unusual for me to look up from a workout or a sparring session to see LeRoy perched on a chair, off to the side, studying my movements while sketching in quick strokes. With his bold colors and distinctive artistic style, LeRoy’s art and sketches captured my attention and imagination. He made me look as colorful and pretty on paper as I was in person—now that’s talent!”
“LeRoy Neiman’s love of jazz is real. His series of stunning poster art, depicting Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday contributed immensely to the success that is The Newport Jazz Festival. LeRoy donated this work to us in the years between 1964 and 2004. He would accept no compensation, which we couldn’t have afforded any way. His work and his story, All Told, are priceless.”
—George Wein, jazz impresario, founder of The Newport Jazz Festival
“Pop culture’s court painter, LeRoy Neiman, turns 91, an occasion he’ll celebrate by publishing an often amusing autobiography…”
—The New York Times Style magazine
The photos and the artwork in this book are excellent, too.
Considered the world's most recognizable contemporary artist, LeRoy Neiman broke the barrier between fine art and popular art in the 1960s.
I don't want to simply recap the story of Nieman's life here, you will enjoy it more in his own words and pictures.
I very much enjoyed getting to know LeRoy and his fascinating life.
Well written with the flair one might expect!
He was truly an American treasure.
LeLoy Neiman led an interesting life as an artist based in Chicago. I remember selling him a cigar once, and passing him on Wells Street. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Billy
Leroy neiman has a great storytelling style. He writes as he would speak to you and he has lived an extraordinary life. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jake
This is Leroy for sure. Anyone who has follwed him, and his lifetime of work will appreciate this book. You have to know who we're talking about to get any of it though. Read morePublished 11 months ago by sinatrafied
I don't remember when I first became aware of LeRoy Neiman's art but I do remember when I became a true fan. Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by Tim Crawford
I must confess, I knew very little about LeRoy Neiman before reading this autobiography. I first saw some of his lithographs at charity golf outings and I was impressed, but that... Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by Hilary Jm Topper
I was once a fellow at the Huntington Hartford Foundation In California. THe ex wife of a well known anthologist of poets spent some time with us. Read morePublished on July 3, 2012 by Winston hough
This is a book that chronicles the life and times of a true American artist--LeRoy Neiman. The autobiography, All Told, My Art and Life Among Athletes, Playboys, Bunnies and... Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by Randy Jackson
In following the career of LeRoy Neiman, one would think he lived an incredible life. Most of his travels and life experiences are boldly displayed in his impressionist paintings... Read morePublished on June 15, 2012 by Larry Harper