We continue having the spotlight on photography. In a long and prolific career spent haunting the recording studios, jam sessions, concert halls and nightclubs of New York City, William PoPsie Randolph chronicled the raucous postwar transformation of American Music -- from swing and jazz to rhythm & blues and rock & roll -- more vividly and more avidly, than any photographer of his era.
The 100,000 negatives left behind after his death in 1978 span the giddy, glitzy heyday of swing in the Forties, the hot and cool jazz subsequently spawned in the clubs of 52nd Street, the rumbling emergence of black R&B and doo-wop and the sudden explosion of rock & roll in the late Fifties, the rise of Brill Building pop and the British invasion of the Sixties, and the growth of rock into a multi billion-dollar industry by the Seventies.
You can now enjoy Popsie's work in a new book called Popsie: American Popular Music Through the Camera Lens of William Popsie Randolph. It will be published by Hal Leonard Corporation on April the 30th April 2008. Crossed Combs recommends!