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Legends of the Blues Robert Johnson, Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Howlin Wolf, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters Say Their Names Out Loud And You Can Just Hear The Blues Now, Acclaimed Artist William Stout Visualizes These Artists And Their Music With Stunning Portraits This Graphically Powerful Collection Includes Profiles Of Classic Musicians Drawn By A Master Illustrator Stout Beautifully Captures The Signature Style Of Each Blues Legend And Then Adds Authoritative Biographical Text With Personal And Humorous Writing That Brings It On Home Includes Recommended Playlists And An Exclusive Bonus Music CD Praise For Legends Of The Blues So Good, You D Think Illustrator William Stout Made A Deal With The Devil Mother Jones I Could Go On And On About How Much I Love Stout S Detailed Pen And Ink Work And Pleasing Watercolors Boing Boing


10 thoughts on “Legends of the Blues

  1. says:

    Painting The BluesWilliam Stout s Legends of the Blues masterfully combines the two American art forms of comic book art and blues music The book consists of 100 full page watercolor paintings of blues artists Many but not all of the artists will be familiar to readers with a background in the blues Together with the paintings, Stout offers a one page biography of each artist, giving brief but revealing details about his or her life and about the artist s way with the blues Stout offers a Painting The BluesWilliam Stout s Legends of the Blues masterfully combines the two American art forms of comic book art and blues music The book consists of 100 full page watercolor paintings of blues artists Many but not all of the artists will be familiar to readers with a background in the blues Together with the paintings, Stout offers a one page biography of each artist, giving brief but revealing details about his or her life and about the artist s way with the blues Stout offers a small number of recommended songs for each artist to introduce the music together with covers of the artists recordings performed in most cases by British or American rock singers.The portraits are beautifully done in a colorful, comic book style They capture the personality of each artist with, for example, the intense gaze of Robert Johnson, cigarette dangling from his lips Sunnyland Slim, who sang a song called Sunnyland Train about a train that frequently killed careless pedestrians at intersections, is shown with a wary look in his eyes and a large steam engine chugging ominously in the background.The short, succinct texts compliment the paintings Reading the brief biographies, a pattern emerges of raw tough African American lives, largely in the South in the early 20th Century, that produced an American music that remains alive and vital Stout tells stories of sharecroppers, brawls, roadhouses, passionate affairs, and prisons It is a tale both of the rural South and the crowded Northern cities where the music emerged Stout s biographies also emphasize the tension between the hard driving sinful life of the blues artist on the one hand and the strong commitment of many artists to a fundamentalist religion on the other hand The paintings and texts taken together tell a great deal about the blues and blues musicians.Stout s book has an interesting history In 1980, the American artist and cartoonist Robert Crumb, who has been called the Brueghel of the Twentieth Century prepared a set of trading cards of blues, jazz, and country musicians The cards were later gathered into a book, Heroes of the Blues R Crumb s Heroes of Blues, Jazz Country Crumb declined an invitation to do additional paintings but passed the job along to his younger friend, the artist William Stout Stout became fascinated with the project and this volume of 100 paintings was the ultimate result Of Stout s 100 blues portraits, only two duplicate Crumb s Stout selected the figures he represented based on three criteria a love for their music, a non duplication of Crumb s work, with the two exceptions, and a date of birth for the performer before 1930 Thus, the book does not constitute an introduction to the blues or a selection of the 100 greatest blues artists but instead is a somewhat idiosyncratic and personal collection.Many famous blues performers, such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Billie Holiday are included together with obscure figures such as the singer Frankie Half Pint Jaxon 1897 1944 or 1970 A sometimes female impersonator, Jaxon is painted wearing a flamboyant pink suit against a lavender background and waving a baton Stout includes about 20 paintings of women blues singers including Bessie Smith to a wonderful portrait of her lesser known rival Clara Smith The portraits of women also include Ma Rainey, Dinah Washington, Big Maybelle, Victoria Spivey, Sippie Wallace, Alberta Hunter, Bertha Chippie Hill andThe paintings of blues pianists, another favorite of mine, include Champion Jack Dupree with the pianist appearing in a boxing ring, a hand resting on the piano and Jimmy Yancey.A CD of about 40 minutes accompanies the book featuring some of the artists Titled Saturday Night and Sunday Morning the songs cover the riotous and religious aspects of the blues The CD includes 12 tracks by artists portrayed in the book, Big Joe Williams, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Nighthawk, Bukka White, Robert Wilkins, and Cow Cow Davenport, together with two tracks by artists not included in the text, Blind Willie McTell and Buddy Moss.The primary appeal of this book lies in Stout s paintings I also enjoyed rehearing or hearing for the first time many of the artists and songs discussed in the book Lovers of the blues or of cartoon style art will enjoy this book.Robin Friedman


  2. says:

    The main reading experience of this book, William Stout s 1 page each biographies of 100 blues musicians, is very repetitive and doesn t really go with the mood or appeal of the music or the personalities of the subjects.The biographies are all about that the same The artist grew up The artist often moved and started playing music, listing some studios and some LPs songs Often the artist stopped playing due to a shift in taste That was it OR the blues revivals of the 1960s OR some higher level The main reading experience of this book, William Stout s 1 page each biographies of 100 blues musicians, is very repetitive and doesn t really go with the mood or appeal of the music or the personalities of the subjects.The biographies are all about that the same The artist grew up The artist often moved and started playing music, listing some studios and some LPs songs Often the artist stopped playing due to a shift in taste That was it OR the blues revivals of the 1960s OR some higher level of re recording into old ageRead this 100 times, it lacks a certain intrigue.A list of their most popular songs, and some notable covers, was a little better, but it all felt very stilted and forced into a template.The intro by William Stout s friend musicologist and an outro by the author are readable and short, but it s basically I like blues music, I like R Crumb s blues artist portraits so I wanted to doof them The writing itself is, similar to the bios,dispassionate than I would ve liked.I think the designed appeal of this book is supposed to be the portraits of the artists, not their bios And the craftsmanship is admirable Stout mentions R Crumb as an influence, and you can see it in his style A strange slightly maddening exaggeration of reality, big facial features and the like that is still realistic and pleasant to look at Like I said, very good craftsmanship.But I had a hard time finding the artistic enlightenment in it, but they were well made When I saw Chuck Berry or Bo Diddley s portrait, it was like oh, that is what they looked like and moved on.SOOOOOO, if you want a book of very nice blues portraits, get this book But since most of it is writing, I think it missed an opportunity to besynergistic with the blues.a very apologetic 1 5


  3. says:

    Lots of interesting trivia about well known and lesser known blues artists Also, good suggested listening and artwork.


  4. says:

    a worthy sequel to R.Crumb s collection of trading cards portraits Great brief bios of some of my favourite blues musicians And a CD too


  5. says:

    A sequel of sorts to R Crumb s Heroes of Blues, Jazz Country 100 colorful, introductory portraits of Blues greats Some great trivia to go along with the factual information A sequel of sorts to R Crumb s Heroes of Blues, Jazz Country 100 colorful, introductory portraits of Blues greats Some great trivia to go along with the factual information