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Monday, May 13, 2013

New book features illustrations of Delta blues legends

Illustrator William Stout's new book Legends of the Blues, which came out this week, profiles 100 artists, including Delta legends Muddy Waters (pictured on the cover), Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, and B.B. King.

Apparently Stout didn't want to step on the toes of fellow illustrator and blues fan R. Crumb, so he made an effort not to avoid artists depicted by Crumb in his Heroes of the Blues series (though he says he couldn't resist including Skip James or Memphis Minnie!). His other criteria were that they be artists about whom he is passionate, and that they were born before 1930. The book also includes a 14-track CD, and has an introduction by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page.

For a sneak preview go here.

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