Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression

The Finest in Jazz Since 1939


A celebration of over seven decades of extraordinary music from a company that has stayed true to its founders’ commitment to ‘Uncompromising Expression’


ISBN: 9780500517444 Category:

Richard Havers


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, this 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.

Blue Note is not only known as the purveyor of extraordinary jazz but is also famous as an arbiter of cool. The photography of co-founder Francis Wolff and the cover designs of Reid Miles were integral to the label’s success and this highly illustrated, landmark 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 as well as to revolutionizing the music business.

Additional information

Weight 2236 g
Dimensions 23.2 x 28 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 November 2014
Number of pages 400
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.2 x 28 cm
Weight 2236 g


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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.