This book - Eric Dolphy: His Life and Art is a project I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’ve always had a fascination with the great jazz multi-instrumentalist/composer Eric Dolphy, I think because I identify with him in many ways. Not that I consider myself an artist of his level, but because of his approach to his music, his facility with his instruments and his humility, which has a zen-like quality to it.
My plan is to self-publish a 74-page book, a sort of interpretive biography. I’ve been researching Dolphy’s life for some time, and I’ve read everything about him I’ve been able to get my hands on. I’d like to tell his story the way I see him—a musical prince. I chose to draw the novel in a style reminiscent of the great album covers from 40's and 50's. Artists like David Stone Martin and Ben Shahn were an inspiration.
I want to work on the book for the next few months. My focus is to self-publish by the end of the year. My initial plan is to publish 1000 copies to sell through Amazon.com as well as all available online booksellers, and interested school systems and public organizations, as it will have educational value.
The money I'm raising will allow me to produce, print, and distribute my book.
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