Fascinating episode from one of the best, most varied and interesting podcasts out there, 99% Invisible. I don’t normally post redirects like this, but this one is worth it. Go check it out!
Since the mid-1970s, almost every jazz musician has owned a copy of the same book. It has a peach-colored cover, a chunky, 1970s-style logo, and a black plastic binding. It’s delightfully homemade-looking—like it was printed by a bunch of teenagers at a Kinkos. And inside is the sheet music for hundreds of common jazz tunes—also
Source: The Real Book – 99% Invisible