Last week, word finally came to us from University of Michigan Press that the book is at the printer’s. So here is the cover design, which includes a photo of Eddie Jackson and a slimmed-down lineup of his band the Swingsters, taken at an auto service station in Detroit, around 1958. Starting the year before, a recession hit the local entertainment business hard, and Jackson took a part-time job at this service station to supplement his income. He said he talked his boss into letting him entertain customers on the day of this shot. Herb Ivey played drums, and Billy Cooper the steel guitar. Ivey led his own bands in town, and also sang a good song. Besides Jackson, Cooper worked with Casey Clark in Detroit. Keith and I agreed that it was perfect for the cover of the book, with its “Car City” setting and country music performance by one of Detroit’s popular bandleaders.
According to the book’s page on GoodReads.com, publication target is October 28. You may pre-order from U-M Press directly, or amazon.com. Watch this blog for an announcement about a book release party!