Verve: The Sound of America is out now

8th November 2013
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Verve: The Sound of America shows how one label how one label changed the course of modern music and brought jazz to the world.

The story of Verve Records is the story of jazz. Verve signed practically every major jazz artist of the fifties and sixties and is home to some of the greatest music ever recorded. Norman Granz, the record label’s founder, also organised high-profile, racially integrated jam sessions at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. These Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts, and the later tours, had a huge impact in America – a country still suffering the injustice and cultural impoverishment of segregation.

2014 will be the 70th anniversary of the first JATP concert and this exhaustive 400-page volume is the ultimate guide to the artists, the music and the locations that made Verve great and jazz cool.

Heavily illustrated with both iconic and unseen photographs, classic cover art and ephemera, and insightful timelines and infographics, this is a visually exciting history of jazz and the definitive book on Verve Records. Verve have opened up their archive and provided access to some of their rarest and unseen material. Original master tapes, publicity reports, news clippings, ledger books, telegrams and contracts have all been shot to bring the company to life. Feature spreads on key artists from every era act as the
ultimate music guide, providing a biography, a discography of seminal cuts, and fascinating archival photos.

Richly informative and achingly cool, Verve: The Sound of America is guaranteed to interest both curious newcomers and dedicated fans.

Richard Havers is Jazz consultant to Universal Music Group. His other books include Sinatra, Rolling With The Stones, Bill Wyman’s Blues Odyssey and Tony Visconti: Bowie, Bolan and the Boy from Brooklyn.


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