‘Blues in Black and White’ named a 2011 Michigan Notable Book

by University of Michigan Press on January 26, 2011

Erlewine thumb Blues in Black and White, photographed by Stanley Livingston, text by Michael Erlewine, was recently selected as a 2011 Michigan Notable Book.

The Library of Michigan annually selects 20 books that highlight Michigan people, places and events, and the list highlights exceptional books published in 2010 that bring attention to Michigan authors and topics. These lists aim to be reflective of Michigan’s diverse ethnic, historical, literary, and cultural experience.

Previous University of Michigan Press titles that have also been selected for this honor in 2009 and 2010 include: Bath Massacre, Isadore’s Secret, “Jiffy,” Looking for Hickories, Ninety Years Crossing Lake Michigan, and The Toledo War.

Erlewine and Livingston capture the Ann Arbor Blues Festivals via the text and photographs throughout Blues in Black and White. The Ann Arbor Blues Festival was a festival and celebration of city blues. It helped to mark the discovery of modern blues music (and the musicians who made that music) by a much larger audience. These groundbreaking festivals were the seed that grew into the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, which was continued annually for many years.

Livingston unfortunately passed away late in 2010, but lived to see the book’s release.

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