Haverly's American-European Mastodon Minstrels, Souvenir Book

By: Haverly, J. H. and W. S. Cleveland

Price: $75.00

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This is a stapled, souvenir booklet/songbook that was most likely sold at performances by Haverly's Mastodon Minstrels. This copy lacks its wraps and has a good bit of soiling on the outside sheets along with light toning. There is some wear on the edges and a small missing piece on the back sheet affecting a small amount of text. Overall, this copy is in Fair condition because of the missing wraps. The interior pages are VG with only light toning. The booklet is of particular interest because of the essay by J. H. Haverly, well-known minstrel promoter and the man who transformed minstrelsy to elaborate musical extravaganzas with almost no emphasis on racial stereotyping. In fact, Haverly was an early promoter of all-black shows which led to the development of African-American musical theater. This book consists mainly of songs used during the Mastodon Minstrel shows. These listings include the names of the performers for each song. One of the songs is "Irene, Goodnight" which has different lyrics from the folk song but seems metrically to fit the tune of that song. The essay, song information and illustration of Haverly and his manager W. S. Cleveland make this booklet, even in it rough condition, an important document in the history of American musical development. ; B&W Frontispiece; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 48 pages

Title: Haverly's American-European Mastodon Minstrels, Souvenir Book

Author Name: Haverly, J. H. and W. S. Cleveland

Categories: Music,

Publisher: Buffalo, The Courier Company: 1888

Binding: Softcover

Seller ID: 16800

Keywords: Music Minstrel Minstrelsy Entertainment Paper Mastodon Minstrels Ephemera Songbook