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David Stone Martin – possible PhD



Clancy Hayes Sings - Verve Records 1957

I have just submitted a PhD application to Nottingham University potentially around the subject of David Stone Martin and racism. We shall see if it gets anywhere but meanwhile I have begun my David Stone Martin collection with this Verve record of Clancy and the Lu Watters band from post-war San Francisco. A white take on Dixie Land and Trad music and Clancy Hayes seems to have been quite a character himself.

Leaving aside questions of cultural appropriation….it would be impossible in this field of white jazz enthusiasts to ignore some of those questions.. a bit like my discomfort over Larkin’s jazz writings…still a interesting object. I recognised Martin’s style immediately although a good few post-war British jazz illustrators seem to derive elements of their work from his style e.g. Trog (Wally Fawkes of the Humprey Lyttleton Band) and Diz Disley ( folk ) on to Paul Oliver’s blues images. There a definate chapter there on just U.K. music illustration and cartooning.

Here an example Diz Disley U.K. issue of a Miles Davis album



Esquire U.K. 1955

Lionel Bart – Oliver

 

I am taking my art research forward into a new and more personal area..specifically record sheet/ sleeve illustration and drawing of the 19th and 20th century.

I can honestly say I have been researching the field for almost 50 years ever since I purchased this my first ever LP about the age of 11 in 1972.

Lionel Bart’s Oliver on MFP still have a copy….

The Decca version has nice illustration by what appears to be Denis Wrigley who went on to illustrate children’s books.

After posting on here the next day I found a very good copy complete with the exact same theatre programme with same design….

Ask and you shall receive 😉

Illustration Research: David Stone Martin

 

As a step forward in resetting my compass I have been researching a neglected but interesting 20th Century American illustrator David Stone Martin.

Further information available here:

http://ephemerapress.com/mary-lou-williams-and-david-stone-martin.html

http://www.birkajazz.com/archive/stonemartin.htm

 

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