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In the groove : vintage record graphics, 1940-1960
Kohler, Eric.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
132 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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NC1883.U6 K65 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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What the much-admired Blue Note: The Album Cover Art and Blue Note 2 did for jazz, In the Groove does for the sounds of the '40s and '50s, when swing and bebop took off. Selected for their noteworthy design and wonderful illustrations, these visual stunners range from jazz to popular tunes to classical and Latin styles. But it's the lounge vibe that truly runs wild as we tour more than 300 sensational album covers, including seldom-seen issues from Decca, Blue Note, and other labels. Abrief text explains what design was like before the photograph took over and how the invention of the LP changed the record business forever. Author Eric Kohler also introduces the stand-out designers and key labels of the period. Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Desi Arnaz, Carmen Miranda their best album covers are all here, and they're all sizzlin' in the heyday of hip. Easy on the eyes, In the Groove is the real thing: the great covers created by thegreat designers for the musical greats of yesteryear.

Author Notes

Eric Kohler lives in New York City and specializes in the music and design of the 40s. He has created CD covers for Blue Note, Sony, and others.

Tony Bennett is a music legend. He originally studied to be a commercial artist.