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Written by:
Amiri Baraka, American, 1934 - 2014  Search this
Published by:
MacGibbon & Kee, British, 1948 - 1968  Search this
Photograph by:
Granada Television, British, founded 1954  Search this
ink on paper with book cloth (textile material) , cardboard and acetate film
H x W x D: 8 7/8 × 5 11/16 × 1 1/8 in. (22.5 × 14.5 × 2.8 cm)
hardcover books
Place printed:
London, England, Europe
Place depicted:
United States, North and Central America
A British first edition copy of Blues People by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka). The book has a paper dust jacket and a plastic book jacket cover. The front cover of the dust jacket is black and is dominated by a large black-and-white photograph of a man. He is depicted in profile, from the shoulders up, facing the right edge of the book and he is singing. At the top of the cover is the book title and author printed in blue and white text in varying sizes that reads, [BLUES PEOPLE / NEGRO MUSIC IN WHITE AMERICA / LeRoi Jones]. The dust jacket spine features the book title and author in blue and white vertical text and the publisher’s name printed in blue horizontal text that reads [MacGibbon / & Kee]. The back of the dust jacket is white and features a blurb from Ian Christie of the Sunday Telegraph about Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker, as well as the publisher’s information. The jacket’s front interior flap features a book summary and credit for the cover art. The jacket’s back interior flap features a blurb written by Langston Hughes. The front and back covers of the book are covered in green fabric and are blank. The book title and author are printed on the book spine in red, vertical text and the publisher’s logo is also printed in red, [mc], inside a red oval. The interior of the book has black type on white pages. The content of the book includes a study of African American music from the slavery period to contemporary times and its impact on various aspects of American culture. The book has two hundred and forty-four (244) pages. The front free endpaper has pencil inscriptions and a line of text on the copyright page has been crossed out with black marker ink.
African American  Search this
Black power  Search this
Blues (Music)  Search this
Identity  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Music  Search this
United States History  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
© 1965. Permission required for use.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Documents and Published Materials
BAM (Black Arts Movement 1965-1976)
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture