Bruce W. Talamon. Soul. R&B. Funk. Photographs 1972–1982
Hardcover, 8.9 x 12.4 in., 5.87 lb, 376 pages
Get down with Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, Barry White, Funkadelic, Al Green, The Jackson 5, Diana Ross, James Brown, Chaka Khan and many more black music legends in this collection of largely unseen images from the golden age of soul, R&B, and funk. This volume gathers all of the glamour and groove captured by Los Angeles based photographer Bruce W. Talamon.
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Let’s Get It On
Behind the scenes of the 1970s music explosion with Bruce W. TalamonTalamon saw it all during the golden age of soul, R&B, and funk. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, this young African American photographer from Los Angeles found himself backstage with an all-access pass to the heart of the music scene. He caught his first big break landing a position as a staff photographer at SOUL Newspaper in LA in the early 1970s, just as soul, R&B, and funk were becoming part of the mainstream. He captured the rehearsals and sound checks, recording sessions and costume fittings, the quiet reflective moments and life on the road, and, of course, the wild photo shoots and memorable performances. These photographs define an era famed for its glamour, fabulous fashions, and utter devotion to the groove.
Including close to 300 photographs from 1972 to 1982, the extensive Talamon archives are presented in full detail for the first time. Whether you’re a diehard soul fan or a thrilled newcomer to the aesthetic magic of the 1970s, the collection exudes the infectious spirit of an exuberant age. Featuring icons such as Earth, Wind & Fire; Marvin Gaye; Diana Ross; Parliament-Funkadelic; Al Green; Gil Scott-Heron; James Brown; Barry White; Rick James; Aretha Franklin; the Jackson Five; Donna Summer; and Chaka Khan and many others; there are also several stops at the legendary Soul Train studios. Talamon documented a visual period in black music that lasted way past the midnight hour and will never come again.
This release is an affordable, compact version of our Art Edition, limited to 500 copies and featuring a portfolio of four prints signed by Bruce W. Talamon.
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My Initiation in the Taschen World
Dafnomilis, October 27, 2021
For the past four years , i love to constantly explore the culture of afroamericans during the 20th century . Either listening to music or searching for documentaries on their lives and the impact their culture had in the global scene. This photo album now is a center piece in my collection , and surely a mean of cultural self education, alongst my Rick James LPs . Thank you taschen for providing such an amazing work by working with great artists, photographers etc.
Soul and Funk
Pierre, October 27, 2021
I was the head of A&R at Sony Music Europe in the 80’s and I worked with many of the artists featured in this beautifully illust book. I was very impressed by a lot of the scenes depicted which totally convey the atmosphere of the times when recording touring waiting for buses etc.. it is a book which captures the period in a magnificent way both on a historical and emotional point of view. Probably the best I have seen so far on the period. It helped me plunge back and relive the past. Thank you