Buddy Bolden's Last Parade (Graphic Novels)
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Let That Bad Air Out tells the tragic end of a brilliant nineteenth-century jazz pioneer using traditional linocut printmaking techniques executed with a sharp and contemporary boldness.
Stefan Berg revives the wordless graphic novel in his portrait of the `first man of jazz'. Very little is known of Buddy Bolden. His music was never recorded and there is only one existing photograph, yet he is considered to be the first bandleader to play the improvised music that has since become known as jazz.
Let That Bad Air Out: Buddy Bolden's Last Parade portrays the culture of New Orleans parade music through the narrative of Buddy Bolden's final parade. The novel consists of seventy images cut from linoleum. Stories told in pictures have a universality that transcends the boundaries of any spoken or written language providing the reader with a unique experience of a narrative akin to a silent film.
It was the culture of the New Orleans parade and its unique music that sparked Berg's interest in Buddy Bolden. He wanted to tell the story of Bolden's music and capture the energy and the movement of the parade in hand carved images. Bolden played his cornet with such power and clarity that it is said his music could be heard from miles away. Because he was never recorded, this unique sound has been lost to history. The quiet left in Bolden's wake seems a fitting subject for the silent novel.
About the Author
Stefan Berg is a painter and printmaker. He is currently completing his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He curated the 2005 Collage Methodologies group show, and participates in several independent print collectives including the End Street Studio and the Free North Press. He has been featured in the Canadian small press publications Cut And Print and Block Cutters Social Klub, published by the Free North Press. Free North Press also published Berg's first independent book After A while, a selection of block work.
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- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Porcupine's Quill; 1 edition (December 1, 2007)
- ISBN-10: 0889842965
- ISBN-13: 978-0889842960
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