Robert Nippoldt

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“Night falls on the Berlin of the Roaring Twenties”

„Robert Nippoldt und Boris Pofalla beschwören Berlin. … Der wunderbare Zeichner und Illustrator Robert Nippoldt und unser Kunstkritiker Boris Pofalla haben die Stadt Berlin zu fassen versucht – das Berlin der zwanziger Jahre, jener Zeit also, auf welche die Vergangenheit der Stadt hinauszulaufen schien. Und von welcher die Gegenwart, weil sie mit sich selbst so unversöhnt ist, noch immer zehrt. Es geht dabei durchaus um Empirie, um große Zahlen, gesicherte Fakten, um Geschichten, welche damals, ganz nüchtern, auch in der Zeitung standen. Und zugleich geht es darum, in der Verdichtung und Stilisierung der Zeichnungen, in den Zwischentönen des Textes auch jenen Geist zu beschwören, der die Personen und die Schauplätze zu Legenden machte.“
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Frankfurt

„Das Buch ist eine wunderschöne und originelle Hommage an eine Zeit, die dank einer Musik-CD mit Originalaufnahmen zum Gesamtkunstwerk für alle Sinne wird.“
Focus, München   Read the article

„Das Buch von Robert ist mit 50 € im Prinzip sehr preisgünstig. Der Mann hat 5,5 Jahre daran gearbeitet. Das ist noch nicht einmal ein Zehner pro Jahr. Und wir reden alle von Mindestlohn.“
– Harry Wijnvoord, Moderator, Entertainer

„Absinth, Stummfilm, Perlenketten. Die goldenen 1920er Jahre sind zurück in Berlin.“
ZDF Mittagsmagazin, Mainz   Watch the video

„Schöner kann man nicht ins Berliner Nachtleben der 1920er Jahre eintauchen, ohne das heimische Sofa verlassen zu müssen.“
– Götz Alsmann, Musiker, Entertainer

„Illustrator Robert Nippoldt und Autor Boris Pofalla haben Glanz und Elend in einem faszinierenden Stadtportrait eingefangen.“
3Sat Kulturzeit, Mainz   Watch the video

„Die Zwanziger Jahre in Berlin – Viel Licht, aber auch viel Schatten. Kontrastreich wie die Schwarz-Weiß-Zeichnungen von Robert Nippoldt.“
WDR, Lokalzeit, TV, Münster   Watch the video

„Mit grandiosen Zeichnungen entführt Robert Nippoldt in die Roaring Twenties, kontrastiert die Glamourwelt der 170 Berliner Varietés mit der traurigen Realität. Die Einblicke in Geschichte, Politik, Konsum, Kultur, Mode und Unterhaltung werden mit Texten, Grafiken und Kurzbiografien vertieft – ein profunder Band, der zum Lesen verführt.“
Börsenblatt, Frankfurt

„Das Buch zeigt Berlin als rasende Metropole voll exzessiver Lebenslust, besoffen, freizügig, eklektisch, tanzbar.“
Berliner Zeitung, Berlin

„Wow! Robert Nippoldts schönstes Buch. Das ist wahrlich sein Opus Magnum geworden. Absolut beeindruckende Illustrationen und ein tolles Konzept.“
– Volker Kutscher, Autor

„Es wird Nacht im Berlin der Wilden Zwanziger ist ein herausragendes Werk über bewegte Zeiten.“
Kurier, Marco Weise, Wien   Read the article

„Einen angenehmeren Weg, in die faszinierende Geschichte dieser Stadt einzusteigen, gibt es wohl nicht.“
PAGE, Hamburg   Read the article

„Ein Buch als Kunstwerk: Robert Nippoldts Berlin-Buch ist kultverdächtig!“
Deutsche Welle, Bonn   Read the article   Watch the video

„Der Illustrator Robert Nippoldt hat sich tief in die damalige Zeit versenkt und die wichtigsten Menschen und Orte des Berliner Nachtlebens in tausend Schwarz-Weiß-Zeichnungen festgehalten.“
Süddeutsche Zeitung, München   Read the article

„Ein sinnliches Kompendium der Zeit“
Tagesspiegel, Gunda Bartels, Berlin   Read the article

„Das prachtvolle Band ist ein sinnliches Flanieren durch eine Zeit, die überhaupt nicht gestrig wirkt.“
– Die Wirtschaft, Peter Sauer, Münster

„Ein wunderschön gezeichnetes Buch. Damals wie heute war es eine Stadt der starken Frauen.“
Welt, Berlin   Read the article

„Der Illustrator Robert Nippoldt hat zusammen mit dem Autor Boris Pofalla den Geist dieses Jahrzehnts in einem dichten Album eingefangen."
Berliner Morgenpost, Berlin

„Albert Einstein, Kurt Weill, Marlene Dietrich und George Grosz: Boris Pofalla und Robert Nippoldt haben das ganze Berlin der Roaring Twenties in ein fulminant illustriertes Buch gesteckt.“
AD Architectural Digest, München   Read the article

„Wilde Partys, exzessive Lebenslust und pulsierendes Großstadtleben: Bis heute gelten die Zwanzigerjahre als die große Zeit Berlins. Der Illustrator Robert Nippoldt und der Autor Boris Pofalla fangen die Stimmung jener Zeit in einem Stadtporträt ein. …Gemeinsam breiten Nippoldt und Pofalla ein großes Panorama der Goldenen Zwanziger aus.“
Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Köln   Read the article

„Beeindruckend umfassend ist die Auseinandersetzung mit den wenigen Jahren, in denen viel passierte, dazu ungemein aufschlussreich. … Nippoldts klarer, eleganter, mit Braun- und Schwarztönen schattierter Stil adelt das Buch zu einem Kunstwerk.“
Die Zeit, Hamburg   Read the article

Illustrator Robert Nippoldt hat den Geist dieser Jahre gemeinsam mit Autor Boris Pofalla in einem atmosphärisch dichten Stadtporträt eingefangen.“
rbb Radioeins, Potsdam   Read the article

„Ein famos illustrierter und spannend beschriebener Einblick in ein spannendes Zeitalter.“
Rolling Stone, Marc Vetter, Berlin   Read the article

„Dieses Buch ist das Highlight im Programm des TASCHEN-Verlags 2017.“
Designer’s Digest, Kirchheim   Read the article

„Durch die Illustrationen wirkt die Vergangenheit noch lebendiger, als es mit alten Fotografien möglich wäre. Ein wunderbares Buch!.“
Penthouse, Deutschland

„Dieser Ära setzen Grafiker Robert Nippoldt und Autor Boris Pofalla ein beeindruckendes visuelles Denkmal. In ihrem Bildband Es wird Nacht im Berlin der wilden Zwanziger präsentieren sie in fantastischen Zeichnungen und stimmungsvollen, faktenreichen und zuweilen anekdotischen Texten die prägendsten Aspekte des Berliner Lebens.“
Zitty, Berlin

Es wird Nacht im Wilden Berlin der Zwanziger ist kein Geschichtsbuch, sondern vielmehr der gelungene Versuch, erfahrbar zu machen, warum uns eine Epoche, die nun fast 100 Jahre zurückliegt, so viel moderner und zeitloser erscheint als vieles, was danach kam.“
Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Köln   Read the article


“Hollywood in the 30s”

“Hollywood in the 30’s… features gorgeous illustrations by Robert Nippoldt, explaining everything from jobs on a film set to the movie monsters of the era.”
– VanityFair, magazine, New York, United States

“Hollywood in the 30s is a perfectly designed and illustrative book that convinces on all counts with its aesthetics and content. Or better yet: it is as beautiful as Garbo, as elegant as Fred Astaire and as quirky as the Marx Brothers. Surely this era has never been portrayed so nimbly, so lively, so witty, but most of all, so genuinely.”
Deutschlandradio Kultur, radio, Berlin, Germany   Read the article

“Hollywood has for so long been a place for which we have yearned.
Reading this book will culminate in doubling that longing.”
– Die Welt, newspaper, Berlin, Germany

“Wonderful drawings in the vein of vintage 1930s movie posters – pure glamor.”
Deutschlandfunk, radio, Cologne, Germany

“The charisma of the roaring 30s comes alive in all its glamour and seductive power in this book celebrating what is often called the golden era in Hollywood. Award-winning book artist Robert Nippoldt and film critic Daniel Kothenschulte have come together to pay tribute to the period that had the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Fred Astaire and the Marx Brothers as its brilliant superstars. The drawings in the mould of vintage cinema posters and the richness of detail in the written portraits lend this coffee-table collectors’ credentials.”
– Blouin Lifestyle, magazine, Singapore, Singapur

“A great book!”
Roger Willemsen, Publicist, Author

“This book is dedicated to Hollywood’s legendary appeal. Accordingly cased in glamorous golden binding, it uniquely documents the most sensational moments of the Hollywood dream factory … Hollywood’s golden era is found right in this book.”
3sat bookmark, television, Mainz, Germany   Watch the video

“This beauty comes all in gold. Rightly so, since Robert Nippoldt’s enticing book pairs graphics and glamor to make a veritable work of book art. He gets our standing ovations!”
Freundin Donna, magazine, Munich, Germany

“It is Kothenschulte’s portrayals of the most important along with some surprising yet rather unknown protagonists of old-time Hollywood that make this book so instructive – and Nippoldt’s illustrations that make it so worth looking at … It is simply eye candy.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, newspaper, Frankfurt, Germany

“Nippoldt has drawn the index no less! Hollywood’s list of end credits and even copyright details brim with humor and love of detail.”
Badische Zeitung, newspaper, Freiburg, Germany

“Robert Nippoldt flatters such divas as Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich with his perfect pencil strokes.”
Berliner Zeitung, newspaper, Berlin, Germany

“Following his award-winning success with his Jazz book, Robert Nippoldt now brings 1930s Hollywood back to life with charming and fascinating illustrations.”
Novum, magazine, Munich, Germany

“Between diagrams of the varying positions of Jean Harlow’s cosmetic beauty mark, vintage-style portraits portraying protagonists of the era and a double-page map of the Californian land of illusions: the makeup of this book portrays the glamor of the 1930s and yet with its charming lightness of tone equally serves as a didactic tool.”
Schnitt, magazine, Cologne, Germany

“The Gerstenberg publishing company has produced a golden compass of early film history. This book is a find and a gift for all movie lovers.”
Lesart, magazine, Germany

“The images and texts that Nippoldt and Kothenschulte have collected between the two gold-colored shiny book covers are quite simply masterful and a true feast for the eyes.”
Bücher, magazine, Kiel, Germany

“This walk of fame comes in a large golden format. It’s one of the most beautiful books of the year all the way through the final fold-out page ‘The End’.”
Der Tagesspiegel, newspaper, Berlin, Germany

“Graphic artist Robert Nippoldt and film critic Daniel Kothenschulte have found a new way to capture a legend in a book: as an illustrated history in the style of vintage comics and film posters. They have apparently made a gift to themselves with this gold and shining linen-bound book – enthusiastic, happy fans and experts that put their own ‘movie’ to paper, with end credits included.
Monopol, magazine, Berlin, Germany

“Nippoldt, who’s just 32 years old, has a fine eye for characteristics and relevant details. People in his drawings wear individual, not stylized, expressions. They’re not seen through the distorted lens of a caricaturist but with the affectionate eye of an admirer. It’s easy to rave about this book. That feeling carries on even when reading. Daniel Kothenschulte’s writing is informative, factual and without irony or smartass commentary. An impressive essay on film history.
Seen on the whole, this book results in a beautiful equilibrium between word and image.”
Hans Hellmut Prinzler, Deutsche Kinemathek Berlin, Germany   Read the article

“With this book, illustrator Robert Nippoldt has made a wonderful tribute to this magical era.”
ZEIT, magazine, Hamburg, Germany

“Nippoldt and Kothenschulte provide a true to life adaptation of the fascination of this period. The first four spreads of the book immediately capture that Hollywood magic: roving spotlights, crowds of people, busy photographers: curtain!”
Filmdienst, magazine, Bonn, Germany

“The table of contents alone is unsurpassed in its originality: with drawings of stars and film characters or symbolic hidden meanings, such as handcuffs for censure.”
Filmbulletin, magazine, Switzerland

“Texts have a classic yet unpretentious modern tone and touch on classic, yet not so modern cinematographic phenomena. Flipping through this book was fun … and it’s great that good old Tod Browning isn’t quite forgotten.”
Tom Tykwer, Screenwriter, Author

“I’m impressed. Charmed. Melting away from joyful yet complete bewilderment. As one can notice, this is more a tribute than a review, but Gerstenberg Verlag has earned it by creating yet another island of holiness amid an ocean of novelties – and on top of that, they’ve created even the oasis on that island with Nippoldt’s books.”
Durchschuss, blog, Carsten Tergast, Author   Read the article

“The big screen for soft pencil strokes.”
WDR Lokalzeit, television, Münster, Germany   Watch the video

“Hollywood in the 30’s pays homage to the inspired creative direction and celebrity egos both in front of the camera and behind the silver screen. Nippoldt’s evocative drawings conjure up the magical and not-so-magical world of old Hollywood and the thrills of movie-making in this timeless keepsake from a bygone age.”
Toni & Guy Magazine, London, United Kingdom

“With his evocative illustration style, Robert Nippoldt captures the scene with all its seduction, celebrity and its grit.”
Curve, magazine, Lebanon

„A cool, glamorous, encyclopedic celebration of perhaps the most important decade in movie history -- the '30s. Robert Nippoldt's wood-cut style illustrations are frameable, jazz-age art and Daniel Kothenschulte's text is as knowing and alive as the decade itself. "Hollywood in the '30s" bubbles like a post-prohibition champagne cocktail.“
Mitch Glazer, Produzent

“Over die rol van het Amerikaanse filmmekka als droomfabriek, zijn protagonisten en de toenmalige glamourcodes gaat Hollywood in the Thirties van illustrator Robert Nippoldt en auteur Daniel Kothenschulte.”
Weekend Knack, Brussels, Belgien


“Gangster. The Bosses of Chicago”

“Robert Nippoldt brings the gangster world with few pencil strokes back to life.”
ZDF Aspekte, television, Luzia Braun, Mainz, Germany   Watch the video

“A wonderful panorama of the gangster scene of the Roaring Twenties … there hasn’t been such a beautiful yet bloody book in a long time.”
NDR TV Kulturjournal, television, Dr. Paul Kersten, Hamburg, Germany   Watch the video

“An original book, great research, a pleasure to read – congratulations!”
3sat bookmark, television, Helmut Markwort, Mainz, Germany

“The only truly memorable event at the Frankfurt book fair this year was seeing Robert Nippoldt’s contorted facial expressions of happy concentration as his gaze switched back and forth from his canvas to the portraited subject – a utopia of artistic freedom.
Kritische Ausgabe, magazine, Bonn, Germany

“Robert Nippoldt has put together biographical portaits of 33 villains with the same care as a butterfly collector.”
Stern, magazine, Hamburg, Germany

“A book just as we love it: exciting content, wonderful illustrations and a clear yet refreshing layout.”
Novum, magazine, Munich, Germany

“The most well-known mobsters in the world’s wildest city: a young German graphic artist has inked a complete killer compendium of Al Capone’s heyday.”
Bücher, magazine, Kiel, Germany

“Uncouth mobsters captured with distinguished strokes. An original and painstakingly compiled book that lets justice back on the loose.”
Kieler Nachrichten, newspaper, Kiel, Germany

“Great diagrams depicting height, number of murders and age (that seldom exceeded 30): evidently crime isn’t worth it, if only to be so affectionately appreciated at a later date.”
Monopol, magazine, Berlin, Germany

“Nippoldt draws Mafiosi bosses Johnny Torrio, Dion O’Banion, Al Capone: and in the white portions on their faces one recognizes laconic expressions, fatalism and greed.”
Die WELT, magazine, Berlin, Germany

“A wonderfully illustrated expedition through the 1920s crime scene.”
Focus, magazine, Munich, Germany

„Ein Rätselhafter Schimmer“ – Amüsierschau

„Draufgängerisch, verwegen und unglaublich charmant. Da bekommt Babylon Berlin wahrlich Konkurrenz.“
Kölner Stadtanzeiger

„Ein perfekte Symbiose von Ton, Schauspiel und Bild“
Bonner Rundschau

„Ein hinreißender, liebevoll und berührend gestalteter Abend mit betörender Nostalgie, brennender Sehnsucht und kessem Humor.“
Generalanzeiger

„Ein Rätselhafter Schimmer verbindet Musik und Kunst zu Amüsement.“
Berliner Zeitung, Stefanie Hofeditz, Berlin

„Nippoldt bringt seine Buchwelt live auf die Bühne. Er schafft eine beeindruckende eigene Kunstform. [...] Die Schau strotzt vor pfiffigen Ideen und Kreativität.“
NRZ, M. Virgillito, Essen   Read the article

„Zweifellos ist das Zusammenspiel zwischen Musik, Zeichnungen, Scherenschnitt, Witz und Überraschung genial. Der größte Verdienst der vier ist die Freude, die sie bei den Menschen erzeugen, diese Präsenz, die Liebe zum Dasein. Solche Momente braucht der Mensch.“
erlesenesmuenster.de, Burkard Knöpker, Münster   Read the article

„Fantastisch. So etwas haben wir hier noch nie gesehen!“
AIDA Cruises, D. Pohl, Entertainment Manager

„Es ist eine Wonne, Nippoldt beim Zeichnen und Jonglieren seiner Bilder zu beobachten. [...] Klasse!“
Westfälische Nachrichten, P. Sauer, Münster   Read the article

„Eine zauberhafte Revue, die auf das Berlinbuch hoffen lässt.“
Goslarsche Zeitung, C. Kuzmicki, Goslar

„Sie schafften es, dass die 400 Menschen im Saal eineinhalb Stunden konzentriert und voller Staunen den Bildern auf der Leinwand und den Songs von der Bühne folgten: Ein erfreulich stilles, fast poetisches Programm, das an die Fantasie appellierte mit seinen ungeheuer bunten Schwarz-Weiß-Zeichnungen, mit Spaß an der kindlichen Idee.“
Rheinische Post, M. Grass, Düsseldorf

„Es gelingt den vier Akteuren, das alles in ihrer Show einfühlsam unter einen Hut zu bringen. So entsteht ein überraschender, kreativer und lehrreicher, aber nicht belehrender Blick auf eine bald 100 Jahre alte Dekade. (…) Während der Vorstellung tobt sich Nippoldt hinten aus, wirft seine Bilder, Scherenschnitte und Animationen an die Wand, vorne singt Lotta Stein, die Marlene Dietrich des Münsterlands, verrucht und verspielt einerseits, aber auch mit kantigen Konturen und klarer Stimme die Klassiker aus den „Roaring Twenties“ (…) An ihrer Seite spielen Christian Manchen am Klavier und Christoph Kopp am Bass. Die Sinne des Publikums bekommen so gleich mehrere Spielwiesen geboten, auf denen sie sich tummeln können. Sie können hören und schauen, können den Spaß, den die Künstler haben, mit ihren Händen greifen.“
Westfälische Nachrichten, S. Werding, Münster

„Eine derartige Kombination unterschiedlicher Talente – wie den geistreich verfassten, stummfilmartigen Zwischentexten, dem berührenden Gesang, dem hinreißenden Klavier und Bass und Deiner Zeichenkunst – habe ich noch nicht erlebt. Es war unterhaltsam, witzig, auch teilweise ernst, einfach rundherum gelungen und zutiefst beeindruckend!“
TASCHEN, M. Allamezade, Managing Editor, Köln

„Diese „poetische Amüsierschau“, wie die Künstler es nennen, ist nicht nur komplett, sondern eine richtig runde Sache geworden, eine außerordentlich kurzweilige Zeitreise. Das Publikum bedankte sich dafür mit Standing Ovations.“
allesmuenster.de, Ralf Clausen, Münster   Read the article

„(…) Die Zwanziger liegen ganz vorn. Im alten Tanzsaal des Café Dix in Neukölln beginnt der Abend mit einer trickreichen Kurzfilmphantasmagorie. (…) Dem folgt eine „Amüsierschau” des Trios Größenwahn mit dem tollen Zeichner Robert Nippoldt, dessen auf die Bühne projizierte Live-Illustrationen durch Programm führen. An den Tischen im Saal sitzen Bubikopf-Beautys in Flapperkleidern und akkurat gescheitelte Herren in weißen Oberhemden und Hosenträgern.“
Die ZEIT, I.Harms, Hamburg


“Jazz in New York of the Roaring Twenties”

“The book is one of the most freshly original and delightfully imaginative works of art about jazz music that have appeared in a long time.”
All About Jazz, Skopje, Macedonia

“The era of speakeasies, flappers, and art deco is all the rage again…illustrated by artist Robert Nippoldt, (it) tells the stories of the major players of the jazz movement in Harlem – Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, to name a few – and the joints that helped make them famous.”
MANHATTAN Magazine, New York, United States

“One has seldom held such a book in one’s hands that is so complete in artistic design and that looks so aesthetically appealing yet at the same time captures the subject of the jazz era in such a targeted manner.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, newspaper, Frankfurt, Germany   Read the article

“For the connoisseur an enjoyment, for the novice an appetizer.”
DIE ZEIT, newspaper, Konrad Heitkamp, Germany   Read the article

“You couldn’t make a nicer book about this jazz era. A gift for eyes and ears!”
Roger Willemsen, Publicist, Author

“Painstakingly prepared graphics paired with concise texts result in a fascinating unit that detract from the seriousness so often attributed to jazz.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung, newspaper, Munich, Germany

“This book is truly just great.”
Götz Alsmann, Musician, Entertainer

“The whole book swings. The atmosphere’s there, the music’s there – now all we have to do is find a great space for it – since with its 35 cm height it’ll never fit in the jazz CD shelf .”
Wiener Kurier, newspaper, Peter Pisa, Vienna, Austria

“With his wonderful images, the 30-year-old illustrator from Münster has brought jazz greats of the day back to life.”
WDR WestArt, television, Cologne, Germany   Watch the video

“The book delves deep into 1920s New York. Nippoldt conjures up the Geist of those cool clubs and their upbeat music with black and white drawings into which he mixes a little bit of warm brown at the computer.”
Bayerischer Rundfunk, television, Munich, Germany   Watch the video
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“A non-fiction book couldn’t possibly be more unusual or more attractive.”
Deutschlandradio Kultur, radio, Berlin, Germany   Read the article
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“Readable jazz: with his unusual illustrated book, graphic artist Robert Nippoldt has succeeded in capturing the best of jazz greats the likes of Louis Armstrong or Duke Ellington with vivacious drawings and anecdotes.”
Spiegel Online, magazine, Jörg Diehl, Hamburg, Germany   Read the article
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“Twice as nice, thanks to Robert Nippoldt’s ingenious illustrations. Its large format does justice to every coffee table but it’s a great shame to just look at it as every detail is scrupulously researched.”
Brigitte, magazine, Hamburg, Germany

“This is a book you must caress.”
Freundin, magazine, Munich, Germany

“A feast for the senses, a pleasure to read and to listen to; be they jazz aficionados, New York fans, nostalgic fans, or simply people who take pleasure in beautiful and smart things.”
SWR 2, radio, Baden-Baden, Germany

“Jazz is, literally and nearly to the verge of being haptic, a feast for the eyes. Moreover, it delivers what it promises, from A to Z. It’s the best thing that could happen to the current wave of new publications of ‘astronomical’ proportions: one title that even exceeds expectations amid the current profusion of book previews.”
Univadis, David Niepel

“The illustrator has accomplished a special feat with these two books. He’s created works with fans in mind but that will also be appreciated by a wide audience.”
Westfalenspiegel, Prof. Dr. Walter Gödden, Münster, Germany

“This is, quite surely, one of the most beautiful and original books ever made on this subject matter.”
Dr. Rainer E. Lotz, Jazzhistorian

“Robert Nippoldt and Hans-Jürgen Schaal affectionately introduce the gods of that first jazz generation the likes of Louis Armstrong or Fats Waller, bringing the first New York jazz clubs back out of time.”
Die Welt, newspaper, Berlin, Germany

“If you are in the mood for both Boris Vian inspired L’Ecume des jours and Gatsby, this is a perfect find. Jazz is all around!”
dancingslow.com, Paris, France

“Jazz. New York in the Roaring Twenties offers an entertaining blend of illustrations, facts and anecdotes presenting 24 leading lights of New York’s jazz scene in the 1920s. Hailed as one of the most beautiful books of Europe, its aesthetic nature alone will appeal to jazz and non-jazz fans alike.”
Social & Personal, Dublin, Ireland

“Its sepia-toned pages have illustrations of all the greats.”
Sunday Express, newspaper, London, United Kingdom

“This very accessible book can be recommended both to the knowledgeable jazz fan and to anyone new to jazz, wanting to get an understanding of jazz and the early days of its significant development and practitioners.”
Post from the coast, Teignmouth Jazz Festival, United Kingdom

“I love it. When it arrived I was thrilled…The quality of the visuals in the book is without dispute.”
BBC Radio, Claudia Winklemann, London, United Kingdom

“Each page opening like an artist’s portfolio. Each selected jazz-figure is given their due place in the music’s development and space is also devoted to the early recording scene and the social context for the music is properly evaluated. All in all, a treat.”
Jazzwise, magazine, London, United Kingdom

“A creative treat, just right for the jazz tyro with an enquiring mind and a delight in good design. As the book’s own encomium has it, ‘a feast for the ears as well as the eyes!’ Just so”
Londonjazznews, London, United Kingdom

“Jazz: New York in the Roaring Twenties is a hymn to the era of Louis Armstrong, smoke-filled jazz bars and Harlem dance halls. Author Hans-Jurgen Schaal and illustrator Robert Nippoldt bring the past to life with an entertaining mix of fact, anecdote and illustration”
The Independent, magazine, London, United Kingdom

“Jazz. New York in the Roaring Twenties is a unique survey of the music being made in the Big Apple during this period by artists from all over the US. Mr Nippoldt's illustrations capture the personality and style of the 24 musicians who appear in the book, as well as evoking the environment, culture and milieu of the jazz scene in the 1920s.”
MR PORTER, London, United Kingdom

“Via anecdotes and vivid images, this book, replete with an audio CD of the jazz greats themselves, is a must read for any jazz enthusiast. It chronicles 24 key players in the 1920s jazz scene in NYC — from the recording sessions to big band dance halls and back again.”
Gear Patrol.com, New York, United States

“TASCHEN has once more released a wonderfully illustrated book…and uptowners should take note…all of the big bands and notable singers are included in this informative coffee table book.”
Harlembespoke.blogspot.com, New York, United States

“«El libro, que ha ganado un prestigioso premio de ilustración por su edición alemana, es un repaso a todas las leyendas del jazz del siglo pasado con sociogramas, sonogramas y todo tipo de iconos didácticos.»”
Hoyesarte.com, Madrid, Spain

«Graphic designer tedesco con studio nella vecchia stazione di Muenster, praticamente il "village" di Berlino, Nippoldt rende omaggio con le sue illustrazioni al jazz degli Anni 20 e alla sua atmosfera effervescente, quando folle di appassionati riempivano le sale da ballo di Harlem e Louis Armstrong e Duke Ellington infiammavano il pubblico del Cotton Club. I testi di Schaal e un Cd raccontano i retroscena e gli aneddoti di quei tempi attraverso i ritratti, anche musicali, di 24 tra i più importanti esponenti della scena jazzistica newyorkese dell’epoca.»
Panorama Icon, Milan, Italy

“《爵士﹕咆哮的二十年代紐約》是一種視覺、肌理、敘事以及聽覺的融匯,以144頁精美的圖頁營造那種塑造城市、改變世界的音樂氛圍。其組成部分——手繪插圖及頭像、輕鬆逸事及歷史片段、奇妙的修復版錄音,均呈現以極高質量的印刷媒介。”
Numero, Shanghai, China


“Jazz in Germany”

“So in conclusion, I’d like to point out that the book Jazz in Germany is also an aesthetic success, thanks to the wonderful efforts of illustrator Robert Nippoldt who has, with his book “Jazz in New York of the Roaring Twenties”, already proven just how well he understands this music.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Johannes Wächter, Munich, Germany

“The publication Jazz in Germany is much more than an exceptional reference to Germany’s jazz history. It presents jazz culture in all its diversity and sets the scene for a lasting pleasure that invites for reading, listening and browsing. Outstanding!”
ARTE, television, Matthias Schneider, Strasbourg, France

“Album of the Week”– “Once you get a hold of the latest release from Bear Family Records, you don’t want it to end. Jazz in Germany is the title of the new opulent series that encompasses 12 CDs, documenting jazz, its predecessors over 100 years ago as well as its spread across Germany. This CD collection clearly demonstrates that which mp3 & co. cannot: a well thought-out and researched overall concept in addition to informative and high-quality designed booklet contents.”
WDR5, Jörg Heyd, Cologne, Germany

“The result is impressive. Historical recordings that play back in hi-fi quality … Illustrations by Robert Nippoldt, musician photographs plus cover designs make the four accompanying booklets to the set into painstakingly prepared picture books.”
Spiegel Online, magazine, Hans Hielscher, Hamburg, Germany