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Black Beauty, White Heat: A Pictorial History of Classic Jazz, 1920-1950 Paperback – March 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st Da Capo Press ed edition (March 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030680672X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306806728
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,983,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Even ten thousand words can't match the power of these pictures in recalling glory moments. A momentous achievement." -- Studs Terkel

"The most comprehensive assemblage of jazz photographs and memorabilia yet to appear between book boards. It is a fact-crammed work that has many an insight along with the information and pictorial delights." -- W. Royal Stokes, Jazz Line

"The most visually attractive jazz book ever published." -- Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Frank Driggs, noted jazz historian, record producer, and photo archivist, operates the renowned Frank Driggs Collection of jazz history and American popular culture. Harris Lewine, acclaimed art director and book packager, has worked in jazz at Riverside Records, been art director for five major publishing houses, and written, co-written, and edited a myriad of books.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wagner F. Sacco on December 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
A must have for any Jazz fan! This book is an outstanding compilation of early Jazz pictures. Ideal to have on your coffee table!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ? on April 23, 2012
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A wonderful work that contained historic pictures and interesting introduction...the author has passed on but his book will remind newcomers what it took to create a record library
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theseus on November 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
A wonder. Tons of information about jazz from 1919 to 1950. 360 pp, a zillion illustrations, an intelligent and comprehensive text, including color pages of record labels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on April 6, 2013
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I received this book for Christmas the pictures are so great even the old antique grainy ones it makes a nice coffee table book people always pick it up out of sheer curiosity I use to hate that but thats what books are for so I dont mind anymore. If you like jazz this is the book for you it has even the most obscure of artists
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By WILLIAM S. on June 30, 2013
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IT BECAME RATHER MONOTONOUS AFTER A FEW PAGES.TOO MANY MUSICIANS I NEVER HEARD OF.COULD HAVE BEEN DONE IN MUCH SHORTER EDITION.PROBABLY VERY GOOD FOR A NEOPHYTE TRYING TO LEARN ABOUT AN AREA WITH WHICH HE OR SHE HAD A VERY LOW LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE.
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