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Gallery: Ghostnotes: Music Of The Unplayed

September 2017

Sound system repair in Jamaica, January 2012

Left: The Watts Prophets in Watts, California, October 1996
Right: The Watts Prophets with Father Amde Hamilton’s family, Los Angeles, October 1996
Left: David Axelrod in North Hollywood, California, October 1999
Right: Axelrod home in North Hollywood, California

Leon Ware (left) and George Clinton at the Mayan Theatre, Los Angeles, California, December 2012

From left to right: Beni B, Chief Xcel and Lyrics Born at Records, Sacramento, California, May 1995. This shot provided the cover for Endtroducing by DJ Shadow.

J Dilla in Clinton Township, Detroit, Michigan, 2000

Left: Art Laboe, Original Sound Studios, Hollywood, California, April 2010. Laboe is credited with coining the term “oldies but goodies” and recorded Dyke & The Blazers in the late 1960s. Right: George Miller, Los Angeles, California, February 2010

Left: Wilson das Neves, Rio de Janeiro, October 2002. Right: Vai-Vai (Grêmio Recreativo Cultural Social Escola De Samba Vai-Vai), São Paulo, October 2002

Feira de Caruaru, Caruaru, Pernambuco, Brazil. February 2012

Thundercat in Los Padres National Forest, California, 2015

Ghostnotes is hiphop photographer B+'s mid-career retrospective, featuring over 200 images of hiphop artists and those that influenced them. Check out a selection of images from the book

Hiphop photographer Brian Cross aka B+ is set to release a retrospective of his work to date. Called Ghostnotes, the title takes its name from the unplayed notes that exist between the beats, with the book aiming to create a “visual music, putting photos next to each other to evoke unseen images and create new histories.”

The collection pulls from Black Arts poetry, dub, Ethiopian jazz, Brazilian samba and more, and features a host of artists including J Dilla, Brian Wilson, Leon Ware, George Clinton, David Axelrod, Biggie Smalls and Madlib. It also has an introduction by Jeff Chang and two essays "B+ And The Rhythm Of Vision" by Greg Tate, and "Terra Space Division" by Dave Tompkins.

Ghostnotes: Music Of The Unplayed will be released on 5 December by University of Texas Press. Order in the US via Fatbeats and in UK via Indiebound.

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