Newsletter   Secure Checkout   View Cart (0 items)  
Search:    Welcome Guest! Save up to 30-40% on most items with our awesome everyday discounts!

Lead Belly: A Life in Pictures [Hardcover]

By Tiny Robinson (Editor), John Reynolds (Editor), Tom Waits (Introduction by), Tyehimba Jess (Contributor) & Glenn O'Brien (Foreward By)
Our Price $ 35.00  
Retail Value $ 50.00  
You Save $ 15.00  (30%)  
Item Number 216721  
Buy New $35.00
Out Of Stock!
Currently Out Of Stock
Currently unavailable...

Item description for Lead Belly: A Life in Pictures by Tiny Robinson, John Reynolds, Tom Waits, Tyehimba Jess & Glenn O'Brien...

The influential Louisiana bluesman, Lead Belly, wrote and performed some of the best-loved songs of the twentieth century, including "The Midnight Special," "Rock Island Line" and his signature song, "Goodnight, Irene," which became an international hit in 1950, eight months after his death. John A. Lomax, the esteemed Library of Congress folk music anthropologist, discovered Lead Belly serving time (for assault and murder) at the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in 1934. He immediately saw that Lead Belly was a walking anthology of African-American music, and arranged for him to come to New York, where he created a sensation. Reporters followed Lead Belly everywhere, theaters clamored to book him and celebrities thronged to his concerts. His influence on a later generation of popular musicians was massive: Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Van Morrison, Robert Plant and Beck have all paid their respects.
Lead Belly: A Life in Pictures is a treasure trove of rare, unpublished photographs, news clippings, concert programs, personal correspondence (including letters from Woody Guthrie), record albums, awards and other memorabilia retrieved only recently from a basement trunk in New York.

Lead Belly, born Huddie Ledbetter on a Louisiana farm in 1888, won international fame as an interpreter of African-American folk songs and blues. For 15 years he performed folk songs, spirituals, blues and ballads to enthusiastic audiences at night clubs, political rallies, universities, concert halls and private parties. In 1988 Lead Belly was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where he was the subject of a major retrospective in 2004.

Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at!

Item Specifications...

Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.05" Width: 9.25" Height: 11.9"
Weight:   3.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2007
Publisher   Steidl
ISBN  3865214592  
ISBN13  9783865214591  

Availability  0 units.

More About Tiny Robinson, John Reynolds, Tom Waits, Tyehimba Jess & Glenn O'Brien

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories

1Books > Bargain Books > Arts & Music > Art
2Books > Bargain Books > Arts & Music > Music
3Books > Bargain Books > Children > Art
4Books > Bargain Books > Children > Literature & Fiction > General
5Books > Bargain Books > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works
6Books > Bargain Books > Literature & Fiction > Fiction
7Books > Bargain Books > Nonfiction > Social Science
8Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > Collections, Catalogues & Exhibitions
9Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > General
10Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > Photo Essays
11Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > Portraits
12Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Biographies > General
13Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National > African-American & Black
14Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > General
15Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Music > Musical Genres > Blues
16Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > British > 20th Century
17Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Special Groups > African American Studies

Reviews - What do customers think about Lead Belly: A Life in Pictures?

Labor of Love  Jul 5, 2008
Many people have loved Lead Belly and his legacy, but none perhaps so much as John Reynolds, one of the listed authors of this book. Although John is listed last of the 4 contributors to the book, this is really his project, and one that he has labored on for many years to bring to fruition. Lead Belly (or Leadbelly) was a seminal force in our understanding of 'American' music, and his influence has informed even those who have never heard of him.

This book is a beauty, and is not meant to be an exhaustive biography, but rather a celebration of the man, his times, his influence, and his music. As such, it succeeds spectacularly. I highly recommend that you search for Lead Belly videos to accompany your journey through this book. It will add much to the experience, and actually enhance the fact that this book is a wonderful keepsake and motherlode of visual delights and insights in our understanding of this man.

My favorite page was "The Leadbelly Method" by contributor Glenn O'Brien.

Outstanding Pictorial Biography of Lead Belly!  Jun 26, 2008
Whether you favor the two-word or the single word version of his name, this pictorial biography of Leadbelly is just outstanding! Truly a labor of love by the authors and it should be well received by all Leadbelly fans as well as by any who are interested in folk-music and blues. Particularly poignant are the photos showing Leadbelly just months before his death holding Alvin Singh and/or his guitar. This book is highly recommended!

Write your own review about Lead Belly: A Life in Pictures

Ask A Question or Provide Feedback regarding Lead Belly: A Life in Pictures

Item Feedback and Product Questions
For immediate assistance call 888.395.0572 during the hours of 10am thru 8pm EST Monday thru Friday and a customer care representative will be happy to help you!

Help us continuously improve our service by reporting your feedback or questions below:

I have a question regarding this product
The information above is incorrect or conflicting
The page has misspellings or incorrect grammar
The page did not load correctly in my browser or created an error.

Email Address:
Anti Spam Question. To combat spammers we require that you answer a simple question.
What color is the sky?
Leave This Blank :
Do Not Change This Text :

Add This Product Widget To Your Website

Looking to add this information to your own website? Then use our Product Widget to allow you to display product information in a frame that is 120 pixels wide by 240 pixels high.

    Copy and paste the following HTML into your website and enjoy!

Order toll-free weekdays 10am thru 10pm EST by phone: 1-888-395-0572 (Lines are closed on holidays & weekends.)
Customer Service | My Account | Track My Orders | Return Policy | Request Free Catalog | Email Newsletter

Gift Certificates
RSS Feeds
About Us
Contact Us
Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy