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The Golden Age of Jazz Paperback – July 1, 1995

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William Gottlieb stumbled onto photography by default. As a young reporter covering jazz during the 1930s and 1940s, he discovered that the Washington Post couldn't be bothered to dispatch a staff photographer. Gottlieb took to lugging along his Speed Graphic and a generous supply of flashbulbs, and as he interviewed his subjects he took pictures of them as well--brilliant pictures, in fact. Many have become canonical images: who can think of Billie Holiday, for example, without visualizing Gottlieb's famous head shot? Likewise, his whimsical photos of Dizzy Gillespie have become bebop icons. Yet his group portraits are even richer, suggesting miniature narratives and then leaving it to the viewer to provide the ending. (Which of Ellington's sidemen, I want to know, won that poker game so assiduously witnessed by Django Reinhardt?) The Golden Age of Jazz collects more than 200 of these gems, along with an informative text by the photographer, and it's hard to imagine a better source of visual delights for a jazz fan. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate Communications; 1st edition (July 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876543557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876543559
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is really good. It has great pictures, and it really illustrates what jazz is like. If you are a jazz fan, this is the book to get!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Earl R. Sutton on November 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
"In this nostalgic book, writer and photographer William P. Gottlieb presents a fond look at the 'Golden Age of Jazz,' from the late 1930s through the 1940s. Here are two hundred of Gottlieb's memorable photographs, masterful images with a distinctive storytelling touch that captures a very human side of these larger-than-life musical personalities. All the greats--Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and many more--are pictured onstage and off. ¶ 176 pages, 200 duotone photographs, size: 8 1/2 x 11". Smythe-sewn paperbound book, with flaps. ISBN: 0-87654-355-7."--© Pomegranate
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