Icons of Black Music
A photographic collection of eighty of the most influential musicians of this century. Stunning black-and-white art photography, along with extensive biographical information, captures the essence of each artist and their cultural significance. Includes phenomenal performers like James Brown and Aretha Franklin, jazz greats Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, guitar gods Hendrix and Prince, Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famers Curtis Mayfield and Wilson Pickett, Blues legends B. B. King, Bessie Smith, and beyond.
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