The Nations of Rock N' Roll. Vol. 1
New York: Gegenschein, 1981. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's pictorially illustrated wraps.
“Surreal is just a little south of real. Collage is a theory of evolution. Nostalgia is the presence of memory. Drawing is the recall of vision. And rock ’n roll is rhythm painted blue” (from Tristan Shout Junior’s introduction). Musical multihyphenate Opal Louis Nations’s collection of black-and-white collages of the originators of rock ’n’ roll. A producer, musicologist, curator, collector, and self-described “gospel authority” Nations also donned a hat as an experimental artist and visual historian of a myriad of musical movements. This compendium comprises playfully irreverent illustrations that include Ray Charles, La Vern Baker, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, and the veritable king of the genre Chuck Berry, among others. Introduction by musician and rock enthusiast Tristan Shout Jr. Selected by founder of Gegenschein Press Philip Demise Smith. Light rubbing to wraps. Near fine. Item #3897