Legends of the Blues, Hardback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Blind Willie Johnson. Willie Dixon. Ma Rainey. We know their music, and of course we recognise their names, but to their fans the faces of these blues legends are equally as intrinsic.

In the same format as our bestselling R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country, award-winning author and illustrator William Stout presents 100 legends of the blues ranging from classic to contemporary, British and American, interpreting their iconic visages in dramatic portraiture that blends graphic design and humour with the stylisation of a master illustrator.

Legends of the Blues also includes authoritative biographical text, recommended songs and four exclusive bonus trading cards.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages, 100 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Abrams
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  • Category: Portraits in art
  • ISBN: 9781419706868

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Done in the R. Crumb style, this is a handy companion to his trading cards and book thereof. It concentrates on the post war blues artists, and so for me provides nice thumb-nail sketches of their biographies and most important records of artists I had seldom paid a great deal of attention to. In that sense, it can act as a good introduction to the post war blues, and perhaps the pre war artists will draw an audience less attentive to them in the opposite direction.As an art book, it has lovely pictures and is well bound and printed, and surprisingly inexpensive.

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A sequel of sorts to R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country. 100 colorful, introductory portraits of Blues greats. Some great trivia to go along with the factual information.