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Books & Magazines October, 15 2009

Kanye West Glow in the Dark | A Detailed Look

As we’ve previously reported, Kanye West Glow in the Dark captures on-stage and behind-the-scenes action from Kanye’s “Glow in the Dark” tour. From Bonnaroo to Beijing (and many stops before and in between) the global voyage comes to life through the captivating photography of Nabil Elderkin. Kanye’s conceptual sketches help contextualized the finished staging, and provide a welcome complement to the action footage. Most compelling, however, are the shots of Kanye backstage both alone and with fellow performers.

The book begins with a conversation between Mr. West and Spike Jonze. Their chat covers Kanye’s reasoning for documenting the tour and delves into family and politics as well. From there, the images play out chronologically through the tour dates. Towards the end, press and listening parties for 808’s and Heartbreak fold into the story. With little text, Kanye West Glow in the Dark, is primarily about visual spectacle. The accompanying cd includes live instrumentals, which work to help flesh out the feel of the stage performance. Richer than the studio recordings, these tracks are a welcome addition.

For those of us who were unable to catch the tour, the book serves well. Until, of course, a tour video comes…

The book is published by Rizzoli and available to order through Colette.

Selected pages after the jump.

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