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(JAZZ.) CLAXTON, William, & Joachim E. Berendt.

Jazz Life.

Auf den Spuren des Jazz.

Published: Offenburg: Burda Druck und Verlag, 1961

Stock code: 106683

Price: £1,750

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First edition, first printing, only reissued in English in a revised edition in 2005. Presentation copy from photographer William Claxton to the actor and acknowledged jazz fan Robert Mitchum, inscribed on the half-title: “For Bob Mitchum, a Swinger! William Claxton Feb. 1962” and with the library stamps stating “From the Estate of Robert Mitchum, Santa Barbara, California”. A fascinating record in words and pictures of a coast-to-coast tour undertaken by the influential German broadcaster Joachim Berendt and leading jazz photographer William Claxton. Berendt’s radio show “Jazztime Baden-Baden” pioneered the popularisation of jazz in post-war Germany. Claxton is the man behind the lens behind some iconic jazz images. Mitchum himself almost invented Hollywood “cool” in some of the most memorable screen performances from the 40s through to the 60s. What is not widely known is that he also had a career in music, releasing two vocal albums: Calypso – is like so… (Capitol 1957) and That Man Robert Mitchum… Sings (Monument 1967), the latter including “Little Old Wine Drinker Me” that peaked at number 9 in the country charts and was also covered by fellow Consul of Cool, Dean Martin. All in all, a rather cool association copy.

Quarto. Original black cloth, gilt lettered spine and front cover, coloured stylised “map” endpapers entitled “US of Jazz”. Monochrome illustrations throughout (a few in colour). Spine sunned, a few marks to back cover, peripheral paper toning throughout; with the pocket for vinyl records at the end (the discs not present in this copy but they are rarely encountered).

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