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I Didn't Know about You

By: Ellington, Duke (music) and Bob Russell (lyrics)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Robbins Music Corporation: 1944

Seller ID: 16238

Condition: Very Good+


Pink-orange pictorial background with B&W photograph of Ted Martin and black titles. There is minor damage, a scrape, on the top right corner and some numbers written in pencil; otherwise, this copy is about near fine. This song with music by Duke Ellington and lyrics by Bob Russell came out in 1944 which is the date of this sheet music. I am not an expert on sheet music, but this is an early copy if not the first. ; Sheet Music; Cover Art; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 4... View more info

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Backpocket Bluegrass Song Book

By: Erbson, Wayne

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Asheville, Native Ground Music Inc.: 1992

Seller ID: 14722

ISBN: 096293271X

Condition: Very Good+


This collection of classic Appalachian ballads and bluegrass music has only light edge and corner wear. ; B&W Photographs and Musical Notation; Thin 4to 11" - 13" tall; 56 pages View more info

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Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues

By: Evans, David

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Berkeley, University of California Press: 1982

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15860

ISBN: 0520034848

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket


The book is near fine except for very minor wear and aging. The jacket has a bit of damage at the top of the spine and other very minor wear. This is a somewhat scholarly discussion of the blues that includes musical transcription and in depth discussion of blues composition. Evans did extensive field work in the South. An ad/order form from UC Berkeley is laid in. ; B&W Photographs and Musical Transcriptions; 8vo 8" - 9" tall View more info

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Men of Popular Music

By: Ewen, David

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Chicago-New York, Ziff-Davis Publishing Co.: 1944

Edition: Second Printing

Seller ID: 14480

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Book has light edge, corner and surface wear along with light aging. Some internal marginal notations, mostly bracketing, in ink. Square and securely bound. I do not find a publication date for this printing, but the book was issued during WWII and 1944 is listed by others. The author has biographical essays on American musicians from King Oliver to Benny Goodman, including George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Ferde Grofe, Duke Ellington and others. Second Printi... View more info

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Newport Jazz Festival Concert Tour Program, 1959

By: Feather, Leonard et. al.

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, Weston Associates: 1959

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15662

Condition: Very Good+


Stapled, orange blue and white wraps with deep blue titles. Some light edge, corner and surface wear along with light aging. Overall, this is an attractive copy in about VG+ condition. Though unpaginated, this copy has 24 pp. and is the official program for the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival Concert Tour. This tour featured George Shearing, Thelonius Monk, Lennie Tristano with Lee Konitz, Anita O'Day, Humphrey Lyttleton and Ronnie Ross. There is a one to two page, illustrate... View more info

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Swing Out : Great Negro Dance Bands

By: Fernett, Gene

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Midland, Pendell Company: 1970

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 12099

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good- dust jacket


White covers with black titles and decoration of man playing trumpet. The book is fine except for a sunned line along the bottom edge and light, general interior aging. The jacket has some light edge, corner and surface wear including a 1 1/2" slit at the top of the frot flap fold. Square and securely bound, solid copy. ; B&W Photographs; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 175 pages; Great survey with many photos of African-American jazz bands from the early 20th century through the 6... View more info

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Redneck Liberation Country Music As Theology

By: Fillingim, David

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Macon, Mercer University Press: 2003

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8525

Condition: New


Book is New and unused. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 170 pages; Study of theological ideas in country music by Shorter University Religion professor. ; Signed by Author View more info

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Polk Miller and the Old South Quartette, Music of the Old South

By: Flaherty, Tim (editor and producer)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Beverley Hills, MI, Ken Flaherty, Jr.: 2006

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15438

ISBN: 1424305772

Condition: Fine


Stapled, dark brown, stiff wraps with image of record label on front. CD of original Polk Miller recordings inside back wrap. This copy looks as new and unused. A sleeve from an old broadside of Miller's slips over the booklet as a sort of dustjacket. This production is a historic recording and documentation of one of the earliest African-American groups to record, Polk Miller and the Old South Quartette. The Quartette was black; Miller was white. The music they produced... View more info

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My Country, Too : The Other Black Music

By: Foster, Pamela E.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Nashville, My Country: 2000

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 12195

Condition: Near Fine


Book has only very light shelf wear. Square, securely bound, uncreased and uncracked spine. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 208 pages; Interesting book that traces the history of black performers in country music. Comprehensive survey, making important connections between white and black music in the South. Illustrated. Signed and inscribed by author on ffep. ; Signed by Author View more info

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Syncopating Saxophones

By: Frankenstein, Alfred V.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Chicago, Robert O. Ballou: 1925

Edition: 1st Edition, Limited; First Printing

Seller ID: 15641

Condition: Very Good


This early work on modern music and jazz was printed in a Limited Edition of 600, 500 of which were for sale. This copy has some edge and corner wear along with expected aging. It lacks the dustjacket and is in VG condition. At the time Frankenstein was a 20 year old clarinetist with the Chicago Symphony. Preceding the first books written entirely on jazz, Frankenstein's anthology, this book was a "collection of random thoughts" by a "serious" musician. I... View more info

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Chicago Blues Guitar

By: Funaro, Arti and Artie Traum

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Oak Publications: 1983

Edition: First Edition (?); First Printing

Seller ID: 13607

Condition: Very Good


Pictorial wraps with photo of Muddy Water and white titles. Some light , general wear and aging with three lines of commentary in ink on the title page. Spine is not cracked or crease. Book is square and binding secure. ; B&W Photographs and Musical Notation; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 95 pages; Instructional book with diagrams, explanations and music notation for playing Chicago-style blues guitar. Many exceptional photos of Chicago blues men. View more info

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Scott Joplin and the Ragtime Era

By: Gammond, Peter

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14572

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket


Both book and jacket have light general wear and aging. Former owner's bookplate on ffep. Book is square and securely bound. Jacket has minor wear at top of spine. Important work on ragtime. This is probably a First Printing; no additional printings are listed. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 223 pages View more info

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The Devil's Son-in-Law: The Story of Peetie Wheatstraw and his Songs

By: Garon, Paul

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London, Studio Vista: 1971

Edition: 1st Softcover Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15684

Condition: Very Good


Book has some reading creases on the spine and a slight lean though it is very close to square. Otherwise, this copy has only minimal wear with espected aging, a solid copy. Peetie Wheatstraw was a popular blues recording artist about whom little was known until Paul Garon did this biography. Wheatstraw was probably an influence on Robert Johnson and many others. ; B&W Illustrations; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall; 111 pages View more info

The Midnight Special : The Legend of Leadbelly

By: Garvin, Richard M. and Edmond G. Addeo

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Bernard Geis Associates: 1971

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 13246

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket


Olive green covers with blue backstrip and silver titles on spine. Book has light wear. Jacket has some edge and corner wear. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 312 pages; Thoroughly researched, though novelized, account of the famous singer's life. Photos of Leadbelly on back of jacket. View more info

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The Huckle-Buck

By: Gibson, Andy (music) and Roy Alfred (lyrics)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, United Music Corporation: 1949

Seller ID: 16247

Condition: Very Good+


Purple-toned background with image of Paul "Huckle-Buck" Williams. This copy has only very light wear and aging. Paul Williams played tenor saxophone and led his own band. With The Huckle-Buck in 1949 he gained a hit, a nickname, and a style. His performances pre-figured the honking saxophone sound of early rock and the physical gyrations of many later players. This appears to be the earliest edition of this sheet music since Williams had his hit with the song i... View more info

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Jam Session: an Anthology of Jazz

By: Gleason, Ralph J.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons: 1958

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 13242

Condition: Very Good in Good dust jacket


Light red cloth with black titles on spine. Some light edge and corner wear but square and securely bound. Jacket has edge and corner wear with some chips. Tear with loss at top left at spine. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 319 pages; Collection of essays on jazz. Authors include Leadbelly, Jelly Roll Morton, Sterling Brown, Arna Bontemps and many others. View more info

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Lessons in Music Form : A Manual of analysis of all the Structural Factors and Designs Employed in Musical Composition

By: Goetschius, Percy

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Boston, Oliver Ditson Company: 1904

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 12392

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


Rust-brown covers with gilt titles. Significant mottling on both front and back covers. Some edge and corner wear but book is square and securely bound. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 146 pages; Extensive pencil note on endpapers by former owner, Alice Persiger, of Birmingham, Alabama. View more info

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Close Harmony : A History of Southern Gospel

By: Goff, James R. , Jr.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press: 2002

Seller ID: 13089

Condition: Near Fine


Pictorial wraps with white and yellow titles. Very light shelf wear. Essentially as new with a straight, uncreased and uncracked spine. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 394 pages; Excellent history of white Southern gospel music and groups. Many illustrations. View more info

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The 1959 Playboy Jazz Festival Yearbook

By: Gold, Don (ed.)

Price: $175.00

Publisher: Chicago, Playboy Jazz Festivals, Inc.: 1959

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15661


Stapled black wraps with rainbow titles and gold and red illustration. This magazine/yearbook has light edge, corner and surface wear, along with light aging. Please see scan. It is still square and securely bound. VG to VG+. This is the rather uncommon Yearbook for the first Playboy Jazz Festival held in Chicago Stadium in 1959. The second Festival was not held until 1979, though it continues through the present. WorldCat locates only four copies of this Yearbook in lib... View more info

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Jazz Music: What It Is and How to Understand It

By: Goldberg, Isaac

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Girard, Haldeman-Julius: 1927

Seller ID: 15643


This Little Blue Book is actually pink with black titles and illustration. It has light wear and aging, the interior pages are all evenly toned. It is square and the staples are all secure with no tears or pulls. VG to VG+. This copy is No. 470 in the series and the only date is 1927 which is the date of the first printing. However, I'm guessing that this copy is a later printing, I think, because the cover does not state, "Little Blue Book," though the title pa... View more info