Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Bookstore. 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
celebrating the release of
from University of Indiana Press
Photographer Christopher Felver has collected over 240 photographs from tours and encounters with musicians over the past 25 years. From Doc Watson to John Cage and Sonny Rollins to Patti Smith, this collection celebrates the tapestry and diversity of musical styles that make up the American sonic landscape. Caught in action on the stage or posed, Felver captures these musicians and composers in their musical element, revealing the face behind the rhythms, beats, and melodies that have punctuated American musical culture."Felver's compendia is itself a mega- (or if you would meta-) portrait, of a time and a place and an art form. His portraits of artists...capture the extent of their vitality and the degree of their intensity," writes Peter Frank, art critic for The Huffington Post and associate editor for Fabrik Magazine. "American Jukebox is remarkable for its ecumenical embrace of (nearly) all forms of music-making in America, as represented by the leading interpreters, and innovators, in those forms. These images radiate a sense of moment, even occasion, no matter how candid." Scattered throughout this captivating book are playlists, autographed lyrics, record sleeves, and contributions by musicians sharing their memorable experiences of the era. An introduction by the photographer invites the reader to share in his journey through the musical crossroads of the United States. "Plug into this jukebox and see the faces and figures behind the greatest American music," writes Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Christopher Felver has published five books of photography, most recently Beat. Contributing to the visual archives of American culture, he has been a part of theAmerican photography and videography scene for over 20 years. Felver's work has been featured in over 35 exhibits around the world, including the New York Public Library, the Fahey/Klein Gallery of LA, the National Gallery of Art in Washington,
David Amram is an American composer, conductor, and performer who is perhaps best known for his integration of jazz with folkloric, classical, and world musics.
Lee Ranaldo, founder of Sonic Youth, is a celebrated singer-songwriter, guitarist, and visual artist.