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Soul Jazz presents Bossa Nova // Original Cover Art

September 13, 2010

Gilles P and Stuart Baker were behind the acclaimed (and sold out!!) ‘Freedom Rhythm & Sound’ book of rare cover artwork of revolutionary jazz music between 1965-83… and they enjoyed the process of piecing it together so much that they decided to do another one. Forthcoming from Soul Jazz Books:

Bossa Nova and the rise of Brazilian music in the 1960s – Original Cover Art compiled by Gilles Peterson & Stuart Baker

This is the first ever collection of bossa nova record cover artwork, featuring modernist and revolutionary designs that were a reflection of the radical and exciting idealism and optimism of Brazil at the start of the 1960s.
Bossa nova was created in Brazil at the end of the 1950s, at a time of great optimism for the country. An era of modernity and developmentalism was heralded by the building of Brasília, the new capital built deep in the country’s hinterland, designed by the radical modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer.
Bossa nova was the joint creation of composer Antônio Carlos Jobim, poet and diplomat Vinicius de Moraes and singer João Gilberto and a small group of young singers and musicians in the Rio beach suburbs of Ipanema, Copacabana and Leblon – all of whom would make bossa nova Brazil’s biggest musical export in the 1960s.
As Brazil developed into an urban society, with ‘apartment living’ and consumer goods, bossa nova record sleeves (like the music contained within) projected an image that was modern, sophisticated and cool. This period of optimism in the country lasted until 1964, when a coup d’état announced the arrival of a vicious military dictatorship that would change Brazilian society and its music forever.
This book is a unique collection of the cover art of Brazilian bossa nova music, containing hundreds of stunning record covers complete with a history of bossa nova, biographies and essays on many of the artists involved in the movement.