The Early Years of Rhythm and Blues by Alan B. Govenar
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Benny Joseph made his living as a professional photographer in Houstons black community during the crucial decades from the 1950s through the early 1980s, when the amplified pulse of rhythm and blues underscored the social changes sweeping the nation. Joseph photographed everything from parades and teen hops to impassioned speeches by civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thurgood Marshall. Under contract to the pioneering black entrepreneur Don Robey, owner of the Duke and Peacock recording labels, Joseph photographed many of the popular recording artists of the day, including B.B. King, Mahalia Jackson, Buddy Ace, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, and Della Reese. With over 120 unique black and white photographs, this is a must have for all rhythm and blues enthusiasts, and a valuable historical resource for photography collectors. Writer, photographer, and filmmaker Alan Govenar met Joseph in 1984 when he was closing his studio in Houstons Third Ward and worked with him over the next five years, sifting through thousands of negatives to identify and contextualize his most compelling images of this remarkable era.
 

About Alan B. Govenar

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ALAN GOVENAR is an artist, filmmaker, photographer, and folklorist, as well as the author of numerous books, including theaward-winning OSCEOLA: MEMORIES OF A SHARECROPPER'S DAUGHTER, illustrated by Shane W. Evans. "EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY PEOPLE is a journey across America through the lives and creativity of five individuals," he says. "These artists are innovators and teachers, eager to share their skills and knowledge. Their stories -- relayed mostly through their own words -- speak to the importance of determination, perseverance, and humor." Alan Govenar is the president and founder of Documentary Arts, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded to broaden public knowledge and appreciation of the arts of different cultures. In addition, he is the producer of MASTERS OF TRADITIONAL ARTS, a multifaceted project focusing on more than twenty years of the National Heritage Fellowship program.
 
Published February 1, 1990 by Rice Univ Pr. 88 pages
Genres: History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction