Blue Note

Uncompromising Expression: The Finest in Jazz Since 1939


The official illustrated history of Blue Note, the most influential and important brand in jazz


ISBN: 9780500296516 Category:

Richard Havers


The official illustrated history of Blue Note, the most influential and important brand in jazz.

Blue Note is not only known as the purveyor of extraordinary jazz but is also famous as an arbiter of cool. The superb photography of co-founder Francis Wolff and the cover designs of Reid Miles were integral to the label’s success and this highly illustrated publication – featuring the very best photographs, covers and ephemera from the archives, including never-before-published material – commemorates Blue Note’s momentous contribution to jazz, to art and design, and to the music business.

Tracing the evolution of jazz from the boogie-woogie and swing of the 1930s, through bebop, funk and fusion, to the eclectic mix Blue Note releases today, the book also narrates a complex social history from the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany to the developments in music and technology in the late 20th century. Celebrating over eight decades of extraordinary music, this book demonstrates how Blue Note has stayed true to its founders’ commitment to ‘Uncompromising Expression’.

Additional information

Weight 1742 g
Dimensions 21.8 x 28.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 3 February 2022
Number of pages 400
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 21.8 x 28.4 cm
Weight 1742 g


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Richard Havers was a British music author, journalist, consultant and broadcaster. He was the author of over fifty books, including Rolling Stones 50 and Verve: The Sound of America, both published by Thames & Hudson.