Black Music Greats: 40 Inspiring Icons by Olivier Cachin & Jérôme Masi


The biggest names… the coolest sounds… the 40 most inspirational movers, shakers and innovators in black music are here!  In this fun, fact-packed book from the 40 Inspiring Icons series, learn how these black musicians changed music, from the creation of blues to the invention of rap.  Meet the Godfather of Funk, the High Priestess of Soul and the King of Reggae.  Learn how Marvin Gaye shaped the sound of Motown, how N.W.A. redefined rap, and what made the Supremes, supreme.  From Robert Johnson, who recorded one of the first examples of the blues in 1936, to rap superstar Drake, whose 2012 album Views spent 13 weeks at number one on the US Billboard 200, these are the 40 black artists to be listened to and learned about by all - Robert Johnson, Nina Simone, James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, Miles Davis, Diana Ross And the Supremes, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin; Earth, Wind And Fire, Isaac Hayes, Tina Turner, Donna Summer, Bob Marley And The Wailers, Prince, Fela Kuti, The Last Poets, Chic, The Sugarhill Gang, Run-DMC, Eric B. And Rakim, Public Enemy, N.W.A., Whitney Houston, 2Pac, The Fugees, Snoop Dogg, The Notorious B.I.G., Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and The Weeknd.  Each spread presents a single musician or band, highlighting key facts about their background, most popular songs, most iconic shows, genre-defining techniques, friends, rivals and nicknames, along with a fun, illustrated depiction of them that calls out elements of their signature style.  With so many icons to choose from, which will you add to your playlist?

Olivier Cachin is a journalist, writer and lecturer.  The founder of L’Affiche magazine and of the television show Rapline, he has been editor in chief of hip hop magazine Radikal and is the author of some fifteen publications.  Jérôme Masi is a French illustrator and artistic director, whose work is characterised by bold compositions and strong colour spaces.  His creative intent has gradually focused on creating a character that is emblematic of his work today.  Jerome likes to place this placid looking character in profile, in amongst a society that is in constant motion. This pensive looking figure who seems to be observing, could be a metaphor of the artist.  In 2010 he decided to focus on his creative style through vector illustration.  Recently, Jerome has taken up his paint brushes again to illustrate this synthetic and minimalistic universe on various noble mediums to create unique and contemporary art.

Hardback: 96 pages.

26cm x 19cm.

Age: 8-12 Years.

ISBN: 9781786034700.