Dark Man White World
A Portrait of Tenor Harold Blair
by Kenneth Harrison
Novalit Australia, 1975, [First Edition], ISBN 909091080, black and white photographic plates, hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, minor rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, no inscriptions, dustjacket shows minor edge and shelf wear with minor rubbing and bumping to edges and corners (see photographs)
“Dark Man, White World is the moving story of Australian aboriginal, Harold Blair.
Born on a Mission in Queensland, never meeting or knowing his father and separated from his mother when he was only two, Harold Blair seemed destined to lead the obscure hopeless life of the aboriginal.
The gift of a magnificent tenor voice led to his “discovery” by world famous soprano Marjorie Lawrence and a singing career that took hi to America and many other countries of the world.
A highly controversial tour of Australia as a celebrity artist with the Australian Broadcasting Commission shattered attendance records wherever he appeared and fiercely divided the critics as to his ranking as a world class singer.
The struggle of the illiterate 18 year old aboriginal to gain Matriculation standard, to sing in many languages, and to fit into the white man’s world is full of interest and humanity.”