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An intimate view of the musicians that call Austin home: Mathew Sturtevant'sphoto book The Sound of Austin
The city of Austin has racked up tons accolades over the years, but no title has more clout than that of “Live Music Capital of the World.” It speaks to not only the world-class musicians that travel through town, but to the heart and soul of Austin — the musicians that call this city home.
Photographer Mathew Sturtevant’s new coffee table book, The Sound of Austin, features over 100 intimate portraits and interviews with the musicians that define and paved the way for live music in Austin, including Bob Schneider, Alejandro Escovedo, Kat Edmonson, Shawn Colvin, Amy Cook, Lyle Lovett, Billy Gibbons, Robert Earl Keen and Willie Nelson.
The book was 20 years in the making, and each photo tells a different story.
“The artists I have photographed are a large part of the soundtrack of my life. An indelible mark on my soul that is as much a part of me as is the nourishment from the thousands of spicy breakfast tacos I have consumed here in South Austin,” says Sturtevant.
His photographs have been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, Men’s Journal and Texas Monthly.
A portion of the proceeds from The Sound of Austin will benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM.) HAAM serves 2,000 Austin-based artists with affordable health care for low income, uninsured, working musicians with a focus on prevention and wellness.
Celebrate the launch of Sturtevant’s book Tuesday, June 26 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Wyatt Brand Headquarters.
The Sound of Austin can be purchased online and in local shops around town including BookPeople, Waterloo Records, Stag and Whole Foods.