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WLS Family Album, 1953

By: (The Prairie Farmer)

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Chicago, The Prairie Farmer: 1953

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16393

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, pictorial, brightly-colored cover with image of earth shooting forth many-colored rays, probably suggesting the modern age of the 1950's. This copy has some light, generally flattened, creasing on the wraps along with very light edge and corner wear. A very attractive copy. The WLS Family Album was an annual publication of Chicago's WLS radio station. This yearbook, published by the Prairie Farmer, emphasized the country roots of WLS and featured their cast of early country music performers and their National Barn Dance show. Among the well-known performers who were on WLS shows at th... View more info

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The Swallows, 1953, Boxing-Style Jumbo Globe Concert Poster, Richmond Virginia

By: (The Swallows) Gregory Ballroom, Richmond Virginia, 1953

Price: $595.00

Publisher: Richmond, Gregory Ballroom: 1953

Seller ID: 16577

Condition: Good+


Original large cardboard window card for Baltimore doo-wop group The Swallows. Measures approximately 22 x 28". In G+ condition with moderate wear, moisture stains in the upper portion, and a 2" nail-pull missing piece in the bottom center. Not bad for something two-thirds of a century old. The Swallows were a two-hit wonder that created Top 10 R&B hits in two consecutive summers, 1951 and 1952. This is a quintessential Globe boxing-style concert poster that was on the leading edge of the collecting frenzy surrounding vintage boards a generation ago, when a few of them surfaced from a small st... View more info

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The Willis Brothers, Autographed Publicity Photograph and Three other Photographs

By: (The Willis Brothers)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Nashville, Acuff-Rose: ca. 1950's

Seller ID: 16538

Condition: Very Good+


This B&W, 8X10, signed, publicity photograph has some light wear with an old, flattened crease on the right bottom corner. There is some light age-toning but the photo is still about VG+. Besides the signed 8X10, there is a smaller, 3X5, B&W publicity shot and two color polaroids (3X5) from a concert in Amsterdam. The back says these two photos were taken by Harry Segers. The Willis Borothers began their careers in Shawnee Oklahoma on radio station KGEF. After service in WWII, they became members of the Grand Ole Opry and briefly played as a backup band for Hank Williams. They often incorpora... View more info

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Tony Walberg, Country Music, Two Candid Photographs

By: (Tony Walberg)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: (Chicago), UNknown: ca. 1955

Seller ID: 16652

Condition: Near Fine


These are two small (3.5X5, 2X3), candid, B&W photographs of country musician and accordian player, Tony Walberg. Walberg played in many groups, most notably with Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers, The larger photo shows Walberg onstage at WLS in Chicago with this group. ; B&W Photographs; 48mo 3½" - 4" tall; 2 pages View more info

Lena Horne, Buffalo New York, Town Casino, Program Card

By: (Town Casino)

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Buffalo, Town Casino: 1947

Seller ID: 16740

Condition: Very Good


This single-fold, cardboard program, or advertising card, for an appearance by Lena Horne at the Town Casino in Buffalo, New York in 1947 evokes a time of glamor, excitement and seemingly unlimited promise following WWII. The Town Casino was billed as “the largest nightclub between Chicago and New York City.” Its big wraparound marquee advertised three nightly shows at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., and 1:30 a.m. Dinner was served from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dancing and a show were included. This program advertises Lena Horne, "Glamorous Hollywood Singing Star," on June 18 along with an upcoming ap... View more info

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The Carter Family Scrap Book Number 1

By: (Unknown)

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Tompkinsville, Monroe County Press/Acme Recording Studios: ca. 1956

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16311

Condition: Very Good


16336; B&W Photographs; 4to 11" - 13" tall; Unpaginated pages View more info

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Kamasi Washington, Autographed Photograph

By: (Washington, Kamasi)

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Unknown, Unknown: 2018

Seller ID: 16056

Condition: Fine


Fine color photograph of jazz tenor saxophonist, Kamasi Washington, in concert. Signed and dated in Sharpie or similar pen. Comes with COA and our personal guarantee of authenticity. ; Color Photograph; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 1 pages View more info

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Wesley Tuttle, Two Candid B&W Photographs

By: (Wesley Tuttle)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Unknown, (Millie Annis): ca. 1955

Seller ID: 16553

Condition: Very Good+


These are two small (3.5X3.5), candid photographs of Western Music Hall of Fame member, Wesley Tuttle. Both photos have some album residue on the back but are otherwise NF. One may be a publicity shot. Tuttle was well-known in California as a singer of Western songs. He also appeared in a number of Western movies and did some of the yodeling for the Dwarfs in Snow White. ; B&W Photographs; 48mo 3½" - 4" tall; 2 pages View more info

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Mamie Smith, Handbill, 1924

By: (West End Theatre)

Price: $1,250.00

Publisher: London, (West End Theatre): ca. 1924

Seller ID: 16733


This 4 1/2 X 7 1/2 flyer promotes blues singer Mamie Smith's appearance at the West End Theatre in London. On the same bill are Tommy Parker and Baby Mack along with The Jazz Hounds. Mamie Smith is billed as "The Queen of Syncopation" and a parenthesis says that she "will sing her latest popular successes, including, by special request, 'Crazy Blues.'" Crazy Blues is considered the first blues record, and, though Mamie Smith was more of a Vaudeville-singer, she became the first in a line of female blues singers to record. (The Jazz Hounds, who are on the program with Smith included Perry Bradf... View more info

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Postcards Stan Wilson Hungry I Club San Francisco

By: (Wilson, Stan)

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Linden, The Mayrose Company: ca. 1953

Seller ID: 14896

Condition: Near Fine


Only very light aging and general wear. Two postcards from the famed hungry i club in San Francisco. Both cards feature folksinger Stan Wilson, who was the first performer at the hungry i in 1952 and soon after that appearance became the feature singer six nights a week. Wilson also influenced the Kingston Trio and probably turned down an opportunity to join the group. With The Weavers, The Gateway Singers and Josh White, Wilson is credited with the folk music renaissance that began in the 1950's. He wrote "Jane, Jane, Jane" and "Rolling Stone" for The Kingston Trio. The hungry i in North Beac... View more info

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Woodhull's Old Tyme Masters, Poster

By: (Woody Woodhull)

Price: $95.00

Publisher: Elmira, Baldwin & Dunbar: ca. 1930

Seller ID: 16765

Condition: Good


This cardboard window poster (13X23 approx.) shows much wear, aging and soiling. There are several chips and tears along with numerous stains and general aging. However, for an ephemeral object that is approaching 90 years of age, it still has great character. It is in the G to G- range. The poster is for an appearance by Woodhull's Old Tyme Masters at the West Endicott Fire Station in Endicott, NY. A notice near the bottom says that this will "positively be the Woodhull Boys last appearance in Endicott this spring." Woody Woodhull, the accordian player in the photo, formed this group in 1929.... View more info

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Woodhull's Old Tyme Masters, Poster

By: (Woody Woodhull)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Elmira, Baldwin & Dunbar: ca. 1930

Seller ID: 16766

Condition: Very Good-


This cardboard window poster (13X23 approx.) shows some edge corner and surface wear. There are several short tears in the margins and some light stains and soiling. Overall the poster is in VG- condition. The poster is for an appearance by Woodhull's Old Tyme Masters at the West Endicott Fire Station in Endicott, NY. There are portrait photos in each corner showing the group members and their stage names. A note at the bottom says that the group appears on WESG Barn Dance on Saturdays at noon. (WESG was in Elmira, NY.) Woody Woodhull, "Josh" in the photos, was an accordian player who had form... View more info

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Songs of the Yellowstone Park Camps

By: (Yellowstone Lodge and Camps Co.)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Yellowstone Park, Yellowstone Lodge and Camps Co.: ca. 1930

Seller ID: 16138

Condition: Good


Stapled, light tan toned wraps with photo of hikers on Uncle Tom's Trail. Wraps seem to have been reinforced at some point but are secure and booklet is square. Some light edge and corner wear with one short closed tear on front edge. There are also a couple of small chips on spine edge. Old dampstain on back in bottom corner at spine; this affects some interior pages but not text. Overall aging. This is a collection of songs that were sung at Yellowstone Camps in the 1920's or 30's. The booklet is not dated but is from the early 20th century.. The songs suggest a different time, for example -... View more info

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Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Songs

By: Acuff, Roy and Fred Rose

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Nashville, Acuff-Rose Publications: 1943

Seller ID: 12885

Condition: Good+


Stapled, reddish-orage wraps with photo of Acuff and white titles. Some edge corner and surface wear, with splits at top and bottom of spine, though still solid in between staples. Former owner's name just above "roy" in title. This is a well- used but not abused copy (see scan. ) ; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 47 pages; Numerous songs associated with or by Roy Acuff, including "Fire Ball Mail." Has the "Acuff-Rose" imprint. Nice bit of country music ephemera. Includes six, full-page photographic illustrations. View more info

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That Dreamy Rag

By: Adler Bernie (Music) and Harry L. Newton (Words)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Chicago, Will Rossiter: 1908

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11010

Condition: Good+


Pictorial wraps with edge and corner wear including a bit of loss bottom right. There also seems to have been a dampstain bottom right with minor bleedthrough of some ink, to back of page only. The pages are stitched together (see vertical line just to right of left border) so this is still square with a secure, original binding. The name Standifer is written on the front along with a small stamp that reads "R. G. Standifer, Mgr." I'm guessing this is the store where the music was originally sold. ; Cover Drawing; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 6 pages; Nice, early bit of ragtime by a ... View more info

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Bessie

By: Albertson, Chris

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Stein and Day: 1985

Edition: Third Printing

Seller ID: 10407

Condition: Very Good-


Black wraps with pictorial cover of Smith and white titles. Book is square and binding is secure . Some light edge and corner wear along with some light creases on surface. Superficial crease on spine but no cracks and book feels unread, or if read, carefully. Name marked out of ffep. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 253 pages; Still the best biography of Bessie Smith. View more info

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Duke and Other Legends

By: Alexander, Jim (photographer)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Atlanta, Blackwood Press: 1988

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 13283

Condition: Very Good


Deep tan wraps with white titles and B&W photo of Duke Ellington. Light edge, corner and surface wear but still quite attractive. Square and securely bound. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 63 pages; Photographs, taken mostly in Atlanta, of many jazz legends -- Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Art Blakey and many more. This book served as catalog for an exhibit of these photographs in Atlanta at Clark College. This copy is signed (Jim) , inscribed and dated by Alexander on the title page. Relatively uncommon title. ; Signed by Author View more info

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Living Blues, Spring, 1970

By: Allmen, Diane, et. al.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Chicago, Living Blues Publications: 1970

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14754


Stapled black and white pictorial wraps with white title. Very light edge and corner wear. Bottom, bottom right corner torn away. Expected, light age-toning. Square and securely bound. VG to VG+. This is the inaugural copy of "America's First Blues Magazine," in remarkably nice condition. It featues articles on Magic Sam, Howling Wolf, Blues and the Church, and the song - "Uncle Sam Gonna Take Me Away." There are also sections of Reviews and News. Historic issue of this important blues magazine. ; Vol. 1; B&W Photographs; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 37 pages View more info

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Jazz 1958

By: Balcerak, J., et al

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Gdansk, Miesiecznik Illustrowany: 1957

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15290

Condition: Very Good


This is a Polish Jazz calendar for 1958. 14 leaves, including front cover (of Rita Hayworth) and center advertising leaf, with a larger, stiff rear cover. Some wear and aging, with creasing and loss of corner at bottom of rear card; interior leaves and photos are in excellent condition. The interior leaves feature a photograph of a prominent jazz musician on the front with a biography on the back. This is an exceptional example of American jazz behind the Iron Curtain in the 1950's. Musicians featured include Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Peggy Lee, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Os... View more info

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The Sound of Surprise: 46 Pieces on Jazz

By: Balliett, Whitney

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Company: 1959

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 16502


Book has only very light, general wear and aging. It is square and securely bound. Former owner's small red stamp on ffep. VG to VG+. Jacket has some small chips and tears with short creases near the edges in a couple of spots. Still VG- to VG. This collection of essays from Balliett, who was Jazz Ciric for the NY Times, was published in 1959. It is fun to read because of his insights when much of the music he discusses was brand new and his occasional lack of insight -- we all make mistakes. ; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall; 237 pages View more info

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"Razor" : Uncool 2001, Festival of International Contemporary Music

By: Baraka, Amiri & Blue Ark

Price: $80.00

Publisher: Switzerland, La Ciaf: 2001

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 13395

Condition: Near Fine


Stapled pictorial wraps with only very light wear. ; B&W Photographs; Square 8vo 8" to 9" tall; Unpaginated pages; This is a booklet that probably served as some sort of program for Uncool, The Festival of International Contemporary Music in 2001. The publication information I have listed may be somewhat incorrect since the booklet itself is unclear. The Festival was in 2001, but the date 2002 is indicated as a copyright (I think) At any rate, Baraka and his wife wrote much of the booklet; Baraka contributed an essay entitled "Razor." He has signed, "A. Baraka, 04" by ... View more info

Crying for the Carolines

By: Bastin, Bruce

Price: $100.00

Publisher: London, Studio Vista: 1971

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 11935

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket


Book has only light shelf wear. Jacket has some mild edge and corner wear. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 112 pages; Uncommon hardcover edition of this book on the African-American Piedmont blues of the Carolinas and Georgia. This book was not for sale in the U. S. It was part of a series of blues books edited by Paul Oliver. View more info

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Unfinished Blues : Memories of a New Orleans Music Man

By: Battiste, Harold, Jr.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New Orleans, The Historic New Orleans Collection: 2010

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 13155

Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket


Book is new and unread. Jacket is also new and in mylar. ; B&W Illustrations; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 196 pages; Autobiography of famed New Orleans musician. Really good on New Orleans music and musicians. View more info

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Inside the Minstrel Mask: Readings in Nineteenth-Century Blackface Minstrelsy

By: Bean, Annemarie, James V. Hatch and Brooks McNamara (eds.)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Hanover, Wesleyan University Press: 1996

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15678

ISBN: 0819552941

Condition: Very Good+ with no dust jacket


This copy has very light corner wear with a couple of light blemishes on surfaces, about near fine. This is a carefully selected and interesting collection of essays on the development of minstrelsy and issues of race. Some of the essays touch on the early 20th century. This book is uncommon in hardback. This copy lacks a dustjacket. ; B&W Illustrations; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 310 pages View more info

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Ragtime: A Musical and Cultural History

By: Berlin, Edward A.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Berkeley, University of California Press: 1980

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15681

ISBN: 0520036719

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket


Book has only very light shelf wear. Jacket has some damage along topedeges and at spine ends. Top of spine has two tears with slight loss. Still an attractive jacket in Mylar protector. Very thorough and interesting study of Ragtime and its relationship to later musical styles. ; B&W Illustrations, Musical Notation; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 248 pages View more info