Between Midnight and Day: The Last Unpublished Blues Archive celebrates the rich heritage of one of America’s greatest cultural legacies, the blues. Dick Waterman has been representing and photographing blues artists for over fifty years and in Between Midnight and Day, he collects these rare images, many previously unseen, and illuminates them with his own first-hand commentary offering his unique perspective as an agent, representative, photographer, and friend to some of the most influential figures in American music. Waterman includes personal recollections and 120 color photographs of blues legends like Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Son House, “Mississippi” John Hurt, Skip James, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Fred McDowell, Bonnie Raitt, Otis Rush, Roosevelt Sykes, Big Mama Thornton, Sippie Wallace, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Bukka White, and Howlin’ Wolf. Contributors include critically acclaimed music biographer Peter Guralnick, Grammy award-winning musician Bonnie Raitt, and author Chris Murray.
While studying journalism at Boston University in the late 1960s, Dick Waterman began writing for Broadside magazine where he was exposed to many types of music of the day. By the early 1960s, he had begun to focus on traditional blues music. In 1964, Mr. Waterman, together with Nick Perls and Phil Spiro, rediscovered legendary Delta blues singer Son House living in Rochester, New York. Mr. Waterman later formed Avalon Productions, the first agency devoted exclusively to managing and promoting blues musicians.