Blind Willie Johnson. Willie Dixon. Ma Rainey. We know their music, and of course we recognise their names, but to their fans the faces of these blues legends are equally as intrinsic. In the same format as our bestselling R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country, award-winning author and illustrator William Stout presents 100 legends of the blues ranging from classic to contemporary, British and American, interpreting their iconic visages in dramatic portraiture that blends graphic design and humour with the stylisation of a master illustrator. Legends of the Blues also includes authoritative biographical text, recommended songs and four exclusive bonus trading cards.
William Stout is an award-winning artist and writer who has worked for over forty five years in comics (Tarzan, Little Annie Fanny with Harvey Kurtzman), the record industry (Firesign Theatre, Rhino Records), motion pictures (Life of Brian, Wizards, Conan, First Blood, as well as multiple projects with Jim Henson, Monty Python, the Walt Disney Company, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg and Roger Corman), and magazine illustration (Heavy Metal, The Hollywood Reporter). Stout has also created murals for the San Diego Natural History Museum, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Walt Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Orton Geological Museum, the Museum of the Rockies and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science.