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JAZZ: 1955-1959.61 by  J. (Conributors)  Eric & Bernlef - Paperback - First Edition Thus. First Printing. - 1991 - from Modern Rare (SKU: 12873)

JAZZ: 1955-1959.61

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JAZZ: 1955-1959.61

by Van Der Elsken, Ed (Photographer); Van Den Berg, Eric & Bernlef, J. (Conributors)

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Amsterdam, Netherlands: Fragment Uitgeverij Amsterdam, 1991. First Edition Thus. First Printing.. Softcover. Fine/Fine Dust Jacket.. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Fragment Uitgeverij Amsterdam, 1991. Softcover. Fine/Fine. First Edition Thus/First Printing. 150 pages. Revised Edition of the photographer's classic. Possibly the single greatest photography book on jazz ever published. The first appearance of the 1991 Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, including the new posthumous edition of 2008. The First Edition Thus is now rare. A brilliant production by Fragment: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. Black softcovers with white titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Ed van der Elsken. Essays by Eric van den Berg and J. Bernlef. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Amsterdam to the highest standards. In publisher's original plastic wrappers. In pictorial DJ with white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Re-presents, in a handsome new edition, Ed van der Elsken's "Jazz". His 1959 classic, with new photographs added that were taken subsequently in 1960, and therefore did not appear in the original edition. There is a whole shelf of great photography books on jazz. With each passing year, Ed van der Elsken's contribution is seen by both photography and jazz lovers as the single greatest book ever published on its inexhaustible subject thus far. "Ed van der Elsken's entry into music photography appeared just before the decisive moment when rock n' roll cemented its place as the popular music of choice for young people. It is perhaps the most successful of the era's many photographic attempts to capture the essence of jazz because it is more than just a succession of musicians' portraits or even a documentary record of performance, but a book that visually echoes the music itself" (Publisher's blurb). "Visually echoes the music itself" cannot be improved upon. The photographs, all of them unposed, of jazz's legendary artists are all here, performing before us, giving it all they got, and as Frank Sinatra once said of jazz, "dying a little bit" in the process: Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Coleman Hawkins, Oscar Peterson, and Sarah Vaughn, among others. Francois Truffaut (his "Shoot The Piano Player" is one of the greatest films on jazz) once said that America has produced only two art forms that are authentically American: The Hollywood film of the Golden Age and jazz. An absolute "must-have" title for Ed Van Der Elsken collectors and jazz aficionados alike. <b><i> This title is a great photography book. This is one of very few copies of the First Revised Edition/First Printing still available online, is still in the publisher's original plastic wrappers, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies of this edition online have serious flaws while the 1959 Edition is rare, and commands several thousand dollars when it turns up on the market. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. </b></i> 190 plates. Ed van der Elsken's "Jazz", "Love On The Left Bank", and "Sweet Life" were selected as three of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 906579042X.


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JAZZ: 1955-1959.61
Van Der Elsken, Ed (Photographer); Van Den Berg, Eric & Bernlef, J. (Conributors)
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Fine Dust Jacket.
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First Edition Thus. First Printing.
Fragment Uitgeverij Amsterdam
Place of Publication
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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