'The assemblage of glorious archive photographs, tour posters, album sleeves and ephemera is eye-poppingly beautiful'
'Turns the story of a record label into a gloriously lively history of jazz; the book’s design almost makes you hear the music as you read'
Peter Conrad, Observer (Books of the Year)
'I was sooooo inspired just holding the book and turning the pages that I decided to pick a couple of Verve tracks to play ... I’ll never stop reading this instantly historical and beautifully written book'
Bruce Johnston, The Beach Boys
'Rare and unseen material captured for an in-depth book tracing the history of the legendary jazz label'
'A fitting testament to one of the most important imprints in jazz'
'Lavishly illustrated … Granz, who died in 2001, would be proud'
The Times Literary Supplement
'Lavish. Amongst the 1,000 plus rare, famous and unseen photographs in this lovingly assembled history are images more profound than any other music-related output in 2013 ... Designed to foreground the painterly lines of Verve’s peerless cover artist, David Stone Martin, [this book] is a beautiful object, bringing together high-quality reproductions of album sleeves, master tapes, telegrams, contracts, tour photos and dreamy 8 x 10’s of everyone from Herbie Hancock to Blossom Dearie'
'Loaded with images, album covers and profiles of artists, producers and album-cover illustrators. Every essay by Havers includes information you may not have known ... A ton of colour, and all photos are dramatic and probably not familiar '