State of the Blues is photographer Jeff Dunas's stirring tribute to the power of the blues, an American tradition that has its roots in the Mississippi Delta and branches that have spread around the world. One of the most vital early expressions of African-American culture, the blues makes poetry of sorrow and finds humor and bitter irony in the hardships of life. It tells of loves lost and regained, and of the fight for dignity in a world that judges people by the color of their skin. Alongside a series of intimate portraits of the greatest blues performers of our time--including B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and many others--the book presents Dunas's timeless photographs of the landmarks and byways of the Blues Highway, a heritage trail through the American South that leads from New Orleans to Chicago, where the blues continues to thrive today.
“The Blues is the roots of all music. It's the roots... Blues has been here since the world was born. Once there was women and men loving each other and breaking up, that's the blues.”
--John Lee Hooker, from the Preface
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Jeff Dunas has published his photographs in several major magazines, including GQ, Life, Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, and Esquire. Based in Los Angeles, Dunas has been photographing blues legs since 1994.
"The Blues is the roots of all music. It’s the roots . . . Blues has been here since the world was born. Once there was women and men loving each other and breaking up, that’s the blues." —John Lee Hooker, from the Preface
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Book Description Aperture, New York, 2005. Quarter Cloth Over Boards. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Unused pristine first edition of a catalog for an exhibition shown in North American and Europe from 1998 through 2002. Bound in black cloth backstrap over black boards, with silver title on spine. Dust jacket is unclipped, protected in removable mylar, and also pristine. Intimate B&W portraits of great blues performers including Koko Taylor, John Lee Hooker, Gatemouth Brown, Bonnie Raitt, and many others. Introduction by blues scholar William Ferris, preface by John Lee Hooker, and brief interviews with the subjects by the photographer. 175 pages includes portrait index. The postal charges quoted are for an average-sized book. Due to size and weight of this item, additional postage may be required. Bookseller Inventory # 2080139909
Book Description Aperture, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110893817996
Book Description Aperture, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0893817996