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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

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Service in Song : A Carefully Selected Collection of Standard Hymns Set to Familiar Tunes Especially Adapted to Congregational Worship

By: Biddle, Arthur Colyar

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Nashville, Cumberland Presbyterian Publishing House: 1891

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10636

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Brown covers with gilt title. This is an ex-library book with call numbers on the front, card holders and date due slip on back endpapers and various stamps and markings in the interior. This being said, for a library book, it is still in attractive condition, square and securely bound. There is some edge and corner wear on the outside and very light interior toning, but overall the interior is excellent. ; Ex-Libris; Musical Notation; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 112 pages View more info

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John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works

By: Bierley, Paul E.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Urbana, University of Illinois Press: 1973

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16302

ISBN: 0252002970

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket


Book has very light general wear and aging - a bright, attractive copy. Jacket has some light wear and aging/soiling on edges, mainly on back. Excellent reference on Sousa whose importance to the development of jazz especially is often overlooked. ; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 177 pages View more info

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No Depression, May-June 2008

By: Blackstock, Peter and Grant Alden (eds.)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Seattle, No Depression Inc.: 2008

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13564

Condition: Very Good+


Photo of Buddy Miller on cover. Some light edge, corner and surface wear. Bump to lower right front corner. Square with a secure binding. ; #75; B&W Photographs; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 144 pages; This was the final issue of this influential magazine, devoted to alternative country music, "whatever that is," as they said in each issue. This issue featured articles on Buddy Miller, Hayes Carll, Billy Bragg, Pinetop Perkins and much more. Good, well-written information on many of these performers is hard to come by. View more info

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No Depression, July-August 2004

By: Blackstock, Peter and Grant Alden (eds.)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Seattle, No Depression Inc.: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13565

Condition: Very Good+


Photo of Dave Alvinon cover. Some light edge, corner and surface wear, otherwise square with a secure binding. ; #52; B&W Photographs; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 144 pages; Influential magazine, devoted to alternative country music, "whatever that is," as they said in each issue. This issue featured articles on Dave Alvin, Bobby Bare, Jr. , Dale Watson and much more. Good, well-written information on many of these performers is hard to come by. View more info

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No Depression, November-December 2006

By: Blackstock, Peter and Grant Alden (eds.)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Seattle, No Depression Inc.: 2006

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13566

Condition: Very Good+


Photo of Solomon Burke on cover. Some light edge, corner and surface wear, otherwise square with a secure binding. ; #66; B&W Photographs; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 112 pages; Influential magazine, devoted to alternative country music, "whatever that is," as they said in each issue. This issue featured articles on Solomon Burke, Mindy Smith, Greg Brown, Lucero and much more. Good, well-written information on many of these performers is hard to come by. View more info

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No Depression, November-December 2004

By: Blackstock, Peter and Grant Alden (eds.)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Seattle, No Depression Inc.: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13567

Condition: Very Good+


Photo of Iris Dement on cover. Some light edge, corner and surface wear, otherwise square with a secure binding. ; #54; B&W Photographs; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 112 pages; Influential magazine, devoted to alternative country music, "whatever that is," as they said in each issue. This issue featured articles on Iris Dement, Hem, John Fogerty and much more. Good, well-written information on many of these performers is hard to come by. View more info

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No Depression, March-April 2003

By: Blackstock, Peter and Grant Alden (eds.)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Seattle, No Depression Inc.: 2003

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13568

Condition: Very Good+


Photo of Rosanne Cash on cover. Some light edge, corner and surface wear, otherwise square with a secure binding. ; #44; B&W Photographs; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 128 pages; Influential magazine, devoted to alternative country music, "whatever that is," as they said in each issue. This issue featured articles on Rosanne Cash, The Be Good Tanyas and much more. Good, well-written information on many of these performers is hard to come by. View more info

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No Depression, March-April 2004

By: Blackstock, Peter and Grant Alden (eds.)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Seattle, No Depression Inc.: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13569

Condition: Very Good+


Photo of Patty Griffin on cover. Some light edge, corner and surface wear, otherwise square with a secure binding. ; #50; B&W Photographs; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 160 pages; Influential magazine, devoted to alternative country music, "whatever that is," as they said in each issue. This issue featured articles on Patty Griffin, BR-549, Holmes Brothers and much more. Good, well-written information on many of these performers is hard to come by. View more info

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No Depression, March-April 2007

By: Blackstock, Peter and Grant Alden (eds.)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Seattle, No Depression Inc.: 2007

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13570

Condition: Very Good+


Photo of James Mercer of the Shins on cover. Some light edge, corner and surface wear, otherwise square with a secure binding. ; #68; B&W Photographs; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 128 pages; Influential magazine, devoted to alternative country music, "whatever that is," as they said in each issue. This issue featured articles on The Shins, Ry Cooder, Joe Ely, Carlene Carter and much more. Good, well-written information on many of these performers is hard to come by. View more info

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They all Played Ragtime :The True Story of an American Music

By: Blesh, Rudi and Harriet Janis

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1950

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9669

Condition: Very Good in Good+ dust jacket


Slate gray boards with gilt tile on spine. Book has very light edge and corner wear with some aging on foredges and endpapers. Overall square and securely bound. Signed with gift inscription by former owners (Don Southgate and Tena (? ) Achilles) to Jerry Kelley, who has also signed. Basic work on ragtime by well-known musicologist Blesh. Signed and inscribed by Blesh and Janis on the title page with the date, 1950. The signatures other than the two authors are supposed to be associated but so far I cannot determine the association. ; B&W Photographs + Musical Notation; 8vo 8" - 9" ta... View more info

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The Journal of American Folklore, Volume XXVII, 1914

By: Boaz, Franz (ed.)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Lancaster PA & New York, American Folklore Society: 1914

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12983

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Ex-Libris, library-bound, year's issue (four) of this important folklore journal. The binding has light wear but call numbers. Interior has a date due slip and a few stamps. Each issue is complete with original covers. The issues show expected toning but have only light wear and one small chip out at the top foredge of the April-June issue and affects only the top corner of a number of pages. Square and securely bound. ; Some Musical Notation; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 459 pages; January-March issue features articles on traditional English folk songs and their transmission and collecti... View more info

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Lift Every Voice and Sing : A Celebration of the Negro National Anthem

By: Bond, Julian and Sondra Kathryn Wilson (eds.)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: 2000

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 14322

ISBN: 0679463151

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


Book is fine except for some light corner bumps. Jacket has only very minor edge and corner wear. The book is a full history of James Weldon Johnson and his brother, Rosamond Johnson's composition, Lift Every Voice and Sing, termed the Negro National Anthem. A personal letter (2 pp.) to Lannie Davis from Heather Booth, Executive Director, at the time, of the NAACP National Voter Fund, is laid in. The letter includes a personal note in Booth's handwriting. Lannie Davis may be the lawyer and political commentator, Lanny Davis, who has worked for various Civil Rights and Democratic causes. I hav... View more info

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The Political Art of Bob Dylan

By: Boucher, David and Gary Browning (eds.)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Hampshire and New York, Palgrave Macmillan: 2004

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16167

ISBN: 1403916829

Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket


Book is as new and unread. Jacket is pristine. Collection of essays examining the political and social messages in Bob Dylan's songs.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 178 pages View more info

Image for Bradbury's Fresh Laurels for the Sabbath School a New and Extensive Collection of Music and Hymns

Bradbury's Fresh Laurels for the Sabbath School a New and Extensive Collection of Music and Hymns

By: Bradbury, William B.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Biglow and Main: 1867

Seller ID: 13878


Beige paper over boards with maroon cloth backstrip. Black titles. The back board has be bent in half at some point and so has a crease across it. Much edge, corner and surface wear but still square and securely bound. If there were any endpapers before the title page, they are missing. The rear free endpaper is torn in half and page 51-52 is almost completely torn away. Overall, this copy is G-. ; Musical Notation; Oblong 24mo 5" - 6" tall; 157 pages; Bradbury was a prolific hymn writer and publisher. His most famous work was "Jesus Loves Me." He also wrote "Sweet Hour of Prayer" and many ot... View more info

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Opera Once Over Lightly

By: Bradford, Reuben A.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Dallas, WFAA Radio Service of the Dallas Morning News: 1952

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 13100

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, pale green wraps with black titles and illustration of Pagliacci. Some toning and light wear. A couple of very small stains on front wrap. Overall, attractive condition, square and securely bound. ; B&W Drawings; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 34 pages; These are six radio scripts used in Dallas as introductions and promotions for the city's opera season. Bradford summarized and commented on the operas in a mock hard-boiled style, mining the rich vein of humor that inheres in opera and is so loved by Texas opera-goers. The operas so mined are: Saint-Saens "Samson and Delilah," Don... View more info

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Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry 1890-1919

By: Brooks, Tim

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Urbana, University of Illinois Press: 2005

Edition: 1st Softcover Edition

Seller ID: 15414

ISBN: 025207307X

Condition: Very Good+


Pictorial wraps with white titles on brown bacground. Some wear, mainly curling at front coners, two light reading creases on spine. Square with a secure binding. A solid VG to VG+ copy. This large book is a massive and impressive survey of black musicians who recorded in the earliest days of recording, beginning ca. 1890 and going through 1919. Many forgotten names are brought to life and their importance to American music established. ; B&W Illustrations; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 634 pages View more info

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Mavericks and Other Traditions in American Music

By: Broyles, Michael

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New Haven, Yale University Press: 2004

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 10365

Condition: New in New dust jacket


Book is new and unread with a dustjacket. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 387 pages; Musical innovators in American classical music View more info