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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. It has Jazz-related chapters interspersed with thoughts on Stravinsky and Brahms. Nevertheless, Frankenstein - destined to bec... View more info

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You Don't Look Like a Musiciam

By: Freeman, Bud

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Detroit, Balamp Publishing: 1974

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16484

ISBN: 0913642053

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket


Book has only very light, general wear and aging. Jacket has some mild aging/soiling and a 1 inch closed tear near the top front right corner. This autobiography-memoir by the great jazz tenor saxophone player is signed and dated on the ffep. Freeman played with the well-known Austin High School Gang, a group of young, white musicians from Chicago who created what was called the "Chicago Style." Freeman would go on to play with many big bands including The World's Greatest Jazz Band. This book contains many short reminssences of musicians, bands and other people that Freeman knew and played w... 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

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 in 1949. ; Photograph of Paul Williams; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 4 pages; sold ABE 10.30.18 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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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 page does. Regardless, this is still a quite uncommon title and an important one. Isaac Goldberg was a prolific playwright in Y... View more info

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Famous Spirituals (Male Voices)

By: Goodell, Walter (arrangement)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Chicago, Hall & McCreary Company: 1934

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 13693

Condition: Very Good-


Stapled, purple wraps with white titles. Edge and corner wear with one and a half inch, closed tear near front top left corner. Square and securely bound. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 42 pages; Goodell was a well-known musician and composer who is thought to have done the music for two silent films -- The Blue Moon and The Gamester. View more info

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Famous Spirituals (Male Voices)

By: Goodell, Walter (arrangement)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Chicago, Hall & McCreary Company: 1934

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 13694

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, purple wraps with white titles. Very light wear and aging. Faint check in pencil near upper right on front. Square and securely bound. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 42 pages; Goodell was a well-known musician and composer who is thought two have done the music for two, silent films -- The Blue Moon and The Gamester. View more info

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It Came from Memphis

By: Gordon, Robert

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Boston, Faber and Faber: 1995

Edition: First Edition Thus; First Printing

Seller ID: 13112


Blue and red pictorial wraps with general light wear and aging. Spine has a very light , almost unnoticeable, vertical crease but is not cracked. If book has been read, the reading was done with great care. Solid copy. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 303 pages; Foreword by Peter Guralnick. This book looks at the growth of the Memphis music scenein the 1950's and 60's through a study of the white youths who played on the streets and sought out the black blues players who still lived and played in the area. Truly interesting and entertaining work. View more info

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Broadside - Programme: Gorton's Original New Orleans Minstrels!

By: Gorton, J.

Price: $225.00

Publisher: Stanford, Interior Journal Steam Print: 1885

Seller ID: 13620

Condition: Very Good-


Flyer, 9 1/2 X 4 1/4. Lower half has some creasing and rolling. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 1 pages; Broadside of program for a show by the New Orleans Minstrels group, founded by Joseph Gorton in 1867. This show took place around 1885 (the broadside is not dated. ) In 1882 a Corning, NY newspaper references George Franckum's Clarinet Solo (included in this program. ). Hank Goodman, a performer listed on the program, retired in 1887; this show took place before or during that year. Show includes a play called "The Two Roses"featuring" Clem, a Southern Darkey." The impor... View more info

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Programme Goulds Military Band of Seneca Falls, New York

By: Goulds Manufacturing Company

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Syracuse, New York State Fair: ca. 1920

Seller ID: 15802

Condition: Good


Single-fold, cream program with black titles and B&W photgraph of Goulds Military Band. There is a horizontal crease through the middle and other creasing and wear. Only light edge and corner wear, and while the program has wear, it is still quite presentable. This Programme is for the Goulds Military Band appearance at the New York State Fair in Syracuse on September 12 of, probably 1918 or 1919. Goulds was a pump manufacturing company in Seneca Falls, NY. They formed this band in 1917 which is the only year on the program. Military bands were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th cent... View more info

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Singable Songs for Male Voices, First Group

By: Grant, Richard W. and Hummel Fishburn

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Chicago, Hall & McCreary Company: 1932

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 13697

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, green and maroon wraps with white titles. Light wear and aging. Square and securely bound. ; H. & M. Auditorium Series No. 9; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 32 pages; Both Grant and Fishburn were musicians and composers were connected with Penn State. This book contains a variety of music types from religious to popular. View more info

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Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes : In Search of Blind Willie McTell

By: Gray, Michael

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Chicago, Chicago Review Press: 2009

Edition: First American Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 10210

Condition: As New in As New dust jacket


Book and jacket have only a hint of shelf wear. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 432 pages; This is certainly the standard biography of McTell. To my knowledge it is the only one. Many B&W photographs. Signed on title page.; Signed by Author View more info

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Searching for Robert Johnson

By: Guralnick, Peter

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton/Obelisk: 1989

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 13722

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket


Book has only very minor shelf wear. Jacket is about near fine except for some wear and scuffs along the bottom, rear edge. ; B&W Photographs; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall; 83 pages; Guralnick's brief but classic account of Robert Johnson. Essential work on the blues. View more info

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Country Music Legends in the Hall of Fame

By: Hagan, Chet

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Nashville, Thomas Nelson Publishers: 1982

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 13107

Condition: Near Fine


Pictorial wrapswith orange and blue titles. Some very light corner wear and light foxing on foredges, not uncommon in Nelson publications. Spine is neither creased nor cracked and book appears unread. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 256 pages; Brief biographies of members of the Country Music Hall of Fame (through 1981.) View more info

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Negro Spirituals and Folk Songs : Arranged for Men's Voices

By: Hall, Frederick (Arranger)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Winona Lake, Rodeheaver Hall - Mack Company: 1939

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 6778

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Wraps toned around edges; pages also lightly toned. ; Musical Notation; Thin Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 59 pages; This volume includes three books by this author- Negro Spirituals for Men's Voices, Women's Voices and Mixed Voice. In his Introduction, Hall emphasizes that "In singing these songs dialect must not be overdone." View more info

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Hymns for the Use of the Evangelical Association, and Others; Adapted to Public and Private Worship

By: Hammer, Charles (pub.)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Cleveland, Chas. Hammer: 1860

Edition: 7th Edition, Improved

Seller ID: 12681


Deep brown leather with gilt decoration on front and gilt titles and decoration on spine. Some edge, corner and surface wear (see scan) but overall square with a secure binding. The hinges may have been reglued at some time. Some interior toning. G+ to VG-. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 575 pages; Nice collection of hymns at the start of the Civil War. I noticed that "Dark Was the Night" was among them. Blind Willie Johnson's version of this hymn was sent into space. The hymnal has only words, no musical notation, though the melody for each song is given as two initials or an initial a... View more info

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Hamp, An Autobiography

By: Hampton, Lionel with James Haskins

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Warner Books: 1989

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 15582

ISBN: 0446710059

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


Book and jacket appear to be unused, though book does have some light age-toning on interior page edges, which is probably true of most copies. Very nice copy of Hampton's ghost written autobiography. Many photographs. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 286 pages View more info

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Autograph of W. C. Handy, Framed with Photo

By: Handy, W. C.

Price: $225.00

Publisher: Associated Press: 1941,1951

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15353

Condition: Very Good-


"Father of the Blues," 1951 Associated Press photo on the occasion of his 78th birthday, framed with cut signature from an autograph album, dated 1941. There are some small holes in the paper. Photo is somewhat yellowed. The price takes these flaws into account. The photo is 8x10, the signature 3 ½ x 1 ½, matted together to 11x17. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 1 pages; Signed by Author View more info

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A Treasury of the Blues : Complete Words and Music of 67 Great Songs From Memphis Blues to the Present Day

By: Handy, W. C. (Ed.)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Boni (Simon & Schuster): 1949

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 12964

Condition: Very Good- with no dust jacket


Black cloth with red backstrip and gilt titles. Some edge, corner and surface wear with a small dampstain on the lower left corner and spine area, that affects, to a lessening degree on each page the first 25 pages or so. The stain touches no text and is not especially noticeable. ; B&W Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 258 pages; Great collection of blues, and other songs, with both words and music. Handy desreves more credit in the history of blues than many purists give him credit. This is considered the 2nd edition after the 1926 1st. View more info

"Be Happy" As Sung by Happy Dan and His Radio Folks

By: Happy Dan

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Nashville, United States Tobacco Company: 1939

Seller ID: 13347

Condition: Very Good


Yellow wraps with black titles and B&W photos. Some soiling, mostly on back wraps and general light aging, No creases, tears or wrinkles. ; B&W Illustrations; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 4 pages; This single foldbrochure features the lyrics to "Be Happy" which was the theme song of Happy Dan and his Radio Folks. The date, 1939, is from the song copyright date. Happy Dan appeared on radio stations throughout the South, includimg WSB in Atlanta and WSM in Nashville. He was sponsored by Bruton's Snuff, whose manufacturer produced this brochure. Obscure bit of country music ephemera. View more info

Deeper Blue : The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt

By: Hardy, Robert Earl

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Denton, University of North Texas Press: 2008

Edition: Sixth Printing

Seller ID: 13238

Condition: Fine


Near perfect condition. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 300 pages; The only full biography of Van Zandt. View more info