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Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression


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The first official illustrated history of Blue Note, the most influential and important brand in jazz, published on the label's 75th anniversary.

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Richard Havers is Jazz consultant to the Universal Music Group where he has produced box sets including Louis Armstrong : Ambassador of Jazz, as well as box sets including Impulse! Records to Ella Fitzgerald. His other books include Sinatra, Rolling With The Stones, Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey and Tony Visconti: Bowie, Bolan and the Boy from Brooklyn.


'Richard Havers's book about Blue Note records, with its details of the inspirations and excesses of the label's major talents, amounts to a history of jazz itself' - Guardian
'The book is sumptuous, opulent, definitive. It is a dream come true for Blue Note fans and will appeal to anyone who has more than the most fleeting interest in jazz' - London Jazz News
'Havers has been given full access to Blue Note's extensive archives and the label's astonishing photo library, enabling him to produce a history that is not only deeply researched, but leaps off the page with an unprecedented visual punch ... As it concludes its 75th anniversary year, Blue Note finally gets the book it deserves' - Jazzwise
'Packed with unseen photography and ephemera from the Blue Note archive, including the original studio sessions from some of the most important recordings' - Independent
'For fellow worshippers at the shrine of Blue Note, Havers's book is the closest thing they'll find to holy scripture aside from the records themselves' - Prospect Magazine

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