First Edition of Jazzlife; Inscribed by William Claxton
Jazzlife [Jazz Life].
Claxton, William and Berendt, Joachim E.$2,200.00
Item Number: 393
Offenburg: Burda Druck und Verlag, 1961.
First edition. Quarto, original black cloth, pictorial front endpapers. Profusely illustrated in color and black and white. Inscribed on the half title page, "For _______, William Claxton”. Near fine in a very good dust jacket which shows some wear and tear. Still a nice copy of an uncommon book.
Newsweek has called Jazzlife "... surely the most thorough and imaginative visual record of American jazz at mid-century that we'll ever see." Claxton's work is a photographic depiction of jazz artists in the 1960's, most noted for its images of Chet Baker. He has photographed for Steve McQueen and other celebrities and models, and in 1967, he created the film Basic Black. It is credited as the first "fashion video" and is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.