A (relatively) new biography of the great guitarist Jimi Hendrix (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMhq1L0cJf0) written by Gary Golio and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe.
It claims to be a children’s book but the illustrations are museum quality incredible. I see a lot of Romare Bearden and jazz influences.
The text is transformative. Biographies of artists are common. But it is much rarer for them to be works of arts, themselves. Jimi: Sounds Like A Rainbow is undeniably art, not just children’s art but art without qualification. Golio expertly balances diplomacy and honesty in dealing with race, drug use and poverty. The clincher for me was the poetic description and vivid illustrations of how Hendrix found his signature style.
In short, the work is transformative.