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Review - Bob Crewe - Sight and Sound

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Review - Bob Crewe - Sight and Sound

7 Apr 2021 1:37PM   Views : 323 Unique : 214

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There are some who are definitely multi-talented and one fine example is Bob Crewe, teen idol in the 1950s with various hit records, phenominally successful record producer and songwriter from the 1950s through to the 1980s and all through this a prolific artist as well. Just released on 23rd March 2021 is this sumptuous book, Bob Crewe, Sight and Sound, Compositions in Art and Music, edited by Dan Crewe, published by Rizzoli Electa and available from Amazon at 32.58, ISBN 978-0-8478-6979-4). The artwork is interspersed with nicely printed plates of Crewe's artwork, which utilise many materials and techniques and are largely abstract. There is no denying a powerful sense of composition and emotional content. The man was very, very talented.
He was talented in music as well, a quality singer in his own right and a powerhouse in production, often seeing the unconventional and not being afraid to break the rules to create effects that the arrangers/conductors had to agree actually worked.
As a songwriter Crewe co-wrote hundreds of songs, early on with Frank Slay Jnr (Silhouettes) and many with Four Season Bob Gaudio, from Big Girls Don't Cry to Can't Take My Eyes Off You and onwards. In the 1970s Crewe co-wrote My Eyes Adored You with Kenny Nolan. Many people will associate Crewe with The Four Seasons and Frankie Valli, but also Lesley Gore, Mitch Ryder, Disco Tex and more. His albums include:
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The hit record Music To Watch Girls By by the Bob Crewe Generation went from the idea through the arrangement to the studio and ready for release in 24 hours. Crewe saw a hit and went for it.
The artwork is a lesson in letting expression free, a valuable thing for us photographers I think. Looking at art broadens the mind! The only slight negative is the accuracy of some of the essays in the book. The one about the Four Seasons days, for example, contains timeline errors that shouldn't be there, but on reflection it might be following the path of the stage version of Jersey Boys, which also has a mixed timeline.
Noentheless, a most enjoyable tome, full of interesting visual ideas.

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