Hardcover with dust jacket, 144 pages, 250 x 300 mm
The musical legacy of Grace Jones is defined by sonic innovation, provocative lyrics, and fearless experimentation. However, it was a series of consistently stellar album artwork that helped propel Jones from musician to icon; the singer's visual impact is etched into the landscape of modern pop culture. This would not have been possible without Jean-Paul Goude, a French artist, illustrator, and graphic designer that met her one fateful night in New York in the late 70s. Through the eyes of an artist, Jones became more than human —she became a strong, black powerhouse with an androgynous sex appeal. By manipulating her image, Goude created the view that Jones was iconography in her own right -— together, they built an image that was instantly recognizable but drenched in mystery. By electing and reifying a 'muse,' the artist helped create one of the most intriguing legends in musical history.
Jungle Fever is a classic eighties style book; an autobiographical work based upon Goude's unashamed erotic fascination for black and Latino women and style. This book is a dazzling excursion through the international underworld of beauty, humour and eroticism conducted by the uninhibited graphic genius.