Legends of the Blues



ISBN: 9781419706868 Category:

William Stout


Robert Johnson, Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Howlin’ Wolf, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters-say their names out loud and you can just hear the blues. Now, acclaimed artist William Stout visualizes these artists and their music with 100 stunning portraits. This graphically powerful collection includes profiles of classic musicians drawn by a master illustrator. Stout beautifully captures the signature style of each blues legend and then adds authoritative biographical text with personal and humorous writing that brings it on home. Includes recommended playlists and an exclusive bonus music CD.

Praise for Legends of the Blues:

“So good, you’d think illustrator William Stout made a deal with the devil.” -Mother Jones.com

“I could go on and on about how much I love Stout’s detailed pen-and-ink work and pleasing watercolors” – Boing Boing

Additional information

Weight 535 g
Dimensions 14.7 x 18.6 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 18 April 2013
Number of pages 224
Format Hardback
Contributors Introduction by Ed Leimbacher
Dimensions 14.7 x 18.6 cm
Weight 535 g


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William Stout is an award-winning artist and writer who has worked for over 45 years in various media, including comics (Tarzan and Little Annie Fanny, with Harvey Kurtzman); film (with Monty Python, Jim Henson, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, and Disney); the record industry; magazine illustration; and public murals at museums across the country, including the San Diego Natural History Museum and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. He lives in Pasadena, California.