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1st Annual John Henry Memorial Authentic Blues & Gospel Festival. August 31 - September 2, 1973
Charleston, WV: John Henry Memorial Committee, 1973. First Edition. Memorial booklet for the first annual John Henry Memorial Blues Festival, held Fitzpatrick's Park in Beckley, WV in 1973. The three-day festival included performances by more than 20 traditional musicians from the Appalachian region, including Johnny Shines, Nimrod Workman, Uncle Homer...
[Item #14675]
Price: $60.00
 
1st Annual John Henry Memorial Authentic Blues & Gospel Festival. August 31 - September 2, 1973
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Twenty-Four Negro Melodies, Transcribed for Piano by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Op. 59. With a Preface by Booker T. Washington
Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1905. First Edition. Landmark collection of African-American spirituals, by the first African-American to gain true eminence as a composer in the European classical style. Somewhat scarce in dustwrapper. Quarto (32cm). Original card wrappers; dustjacket; (xiv), 125pp. Near Fine in the scarce printed dustwrapper, chipped at corners and...
[Item #14080]
Price: $125.00
 
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Writing Songs for Fame and Fortune
New York: Holliday Publications, 1958. First Edition. Arthur "Bud" Green (1897-1981) was an Austrian-born American songwriter of the Tin Pan Alley and Swing eras, best-known for his hits "Flat-Foot Floogie" and "Alabamy Bound" and for penning the lyrics to the Les Brown/Doris Day classic "Sentimental Journey." This appears to be...
[Item #16385]
Price: $125.00
 
Writing Songs for Fame and Fortune
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The Music: Reflections on Jazz and Blues [Review Copy, with Signed Bookplate Laid In]
New York: William Morrow & Company, 1987. First Edition. Collection of poems and essays co-written by the Baraka's, with essays on Miles Davis, Pharaoh Sanders, Woody Shaw, Jay Hoggard, and other contemporary musicians, as well as reflections on soul, modern trends and the history of jazz and blues. First Printing...
[Item #19779]
Price: $75.00
 
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Big Bill Blues: William Broonzy's Story as told to Yannick Bruynoghe
London: Cassell & Company Ltd, 1955 [1956]. First American Edition. Scarce American issue of Broonzy's autobiography, as told to Belgian author Yannick Bruynoghe, detailing his early years in Mississippi and Arkansas to his rise as a prominent American bluesman. Includes a complete discography compiled by Albert J. McCarthy and 9pp...
[Item #25882]
Price: $500.00
 
Big Bill Blues: William Broonzy's Story as told to Yannick Bruynoghe
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Big Bill Blues: William Broonzy's Story as told to Yannick Bruynoghe
London: Cassell & Company Ltd. 1955 [1956]. First American Edition. Scarce American issue of Broonzy's autobiography, as told to Belgian author Yannick Bruynoghe, detailing his early years in Mississippi and Arkansas to his rise as a prominent American bluesman. Includes a complete discography compiled by Albert J. McCarthy and 9pp...
[Item #26423]
Price: $150.00
 
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The Giant Swing
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1932. First Edition. The career of an American jazz pianist, from his roots in a small-time dance band to fame and fortune on the scale of Gershwin and Ziegfeld. Basis for the 1941 movie Dance Hall, starring Carole Landis and Cesar Romero. For Burnett, an...
[Item #17582]
Price: $350.00
 
The Giant Swing
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Freedom in the Air: Song Movements of the 60's
New York: International Publishers, 1965. First Edition. Marxist perspective on the growth of the folksong movement of the Sixties. Includes discussions of Woody Guthrie, Seeger, Dylan, Ochs, Tom Paxton, Mark Spoelstra and others. 12mo. Pictorial card wrappers; 126pp. Very minor dusting to covers, else an apparently unread, Near Fine copy...
[Item #19059]
Price: $20.00
 
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Photographic portrait signed and inscribed to "Queen Catherine"
N.p. [New York?]: "Bloom" ca. 1927? Very early professionally produced photograph of a young Duke Ellington looking not yet 30. Most likely taken at the start of Ellington's popularity, when he and his orchestra became the house band "Rhythmania" at the "whites only" Cotton Club in Harlem. We have been...
[Item #26280]
Price: $1,500.00
 
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For Black's Only
Oklahoma City: Dorothy Ellis, 1979. First Edition. Self-published cookbook by blues singer and Direct, TX native Dorothy Choncie Ellis, filled with traditional African American dishes from various small towns in Texas and interspersed with memories from her childhood. Rare; we find no copies for sale in the trade, and no...
[Item #20996]
Price: $125.00
 
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Shadow and Act
New York: Random House, 1964. First Edition. Ellison's second book, a collection of essays "concerned with three general themes: with literature and folklore, with Negro musical expression--especially jazz and the blues--and with the complex relationship between the Negro American sub-culture and the North American culture as a whole." An especially...
[Item #19351]
Price: $250.00
 
Shadow and Act
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Shadow and Act
New York: Random House, 1964. First Edition. Ellison's second book, a collection of essays "concerned with three general themes: with literature and folklore, with Negro musical expression--especially jazz and the blues--and with the complex relationship between the Negro American sub-culture and the North American culture as a whole." An especially...
[Item #20816]
Price: $200.00
 
Shadow and Act
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Deadly James and Other Poems. Illustrated by Nicole Lamotte
Detroit: Lotus Press, 1987. First Edition. Octavo. Pictorial card wrappers; 83, [3]pp; illus. Fine copy in original wrappers. African-American poet, winner of the Sidney Bechet Creative Award in 1996.
[Item #16137]
Price: $25.00
 
Deadly James and Other Poems. Illustrated by Nicole Lamotte
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Just Mahalia, Baby: the Mahalia Jackson Story
Waco: Word Books, 1975. First Edition. Definitive biography of the great African-American gospel singer; uncommon signed. Tall octavo (24cm). Brown cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spine; 611pp; illus. Inscribed by author Goreau on second blank: "For M--- and W--- C--- - whom I love dearly and owe much," dated...
[Item #15082]
Price: $65.00
 
Just Mahalia, Baby: the Mahalia Jackson Story
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Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods For Jazz [Review Copy]
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961. First Edition. An attractively produced volume, in which Hughes attempts to amalgamate poetry and jazz, including with each poem a note suggesting the proper musical accompaniment. Typography, jacket, and design by Vincent Torrey. Not a terribly uncommon book, but desirable thus, with attractive jacket...
[Item #17130]
Price: $150.00
 
Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods For Jazz [Review Copy]
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The Story of the Blues
London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1970. Excellent, well-researched reference on American blues performers from the late 19th century through the Sixties. Profusely illustrated with b/w photographic portraits. Third printing. Quarto (30.5cm). Cloth boards; dustjacket; 176pp; illus. Includes brief (1pp) bibliography & discography. Tight, unmarked VG+ copy in lightly worn jacket.
[Item #16018]
Price: $20.00
 
The Story of the Blues
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Original tinted silver-gelatin print of Ornette Coleman at University of Miami
Miami: [ca 1970s]. David D. Spitzer is a San Francisco photographer specializing in jazz subjects; his work has been published in at least two monographs - Jazzshots (Miami: 1979) and Jazz Photographs (San Francisco: 1994). Original red-tinted photographic print, 9" x 7" (ca 23cm x 18cm), mounted on black mat...
[Item #16332]
Price: $75.00
 
Original tinted silver-gelatin print of Ornette Coleman at University of Miami
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Little Boy Blues
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1947. First Edition. Third volume of Willis's loosely-connected postwar trilogy about jazz musicians in the Midwest. Preceded by Tangleweed (1943) and The Wild Faun (1945). HANNA 3829. Octavo (21cm). Black cloth boards, stamped in red on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 223pp. Tight, Very Good copy...
[Item #14921]
Price: $35.00
 
Little Boy Blues
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Little Boy Blues
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1947. First Edition. Third volume of Willis's loosely-connected postwar trilogy about jazz musicians in the Midwest. Preceded by Tangleweed (1943) and The Wild Faun (1945). HANNA 3829. Octavo (21cm). Black cloth boards, stamped in red on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 223pp. Review copy, with publisher's...
[Item #14922]
Price: $50.00
 
Little Boy Blues
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Old and New Duck Butter Poems
Paris: Hand Shake Editions, 1980. Second Edition. Late collection of poems by Joans, with numerous cut-and-paste illustrations throughout. The second edition was printed just one month after the First, and it is certainly likely Joans made changes to each version of the text (we note three editions). OCLC notes a....
[Item #19041]
Price: $75.00
 
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Old and New Duck Butter Poems [Inscribed Copy]
Paris: Hand Shake Editions, N.d. [ca 1985]. Expanded, undated edition of this late collection of poems by Joans, with numerous cut-and-paste illustrations throughout. The African-American poet, painter and musician Ted Joans (1928-2003) came to prominence on the surrealist fringe of the Beat-Jazz scene of Greenwich Village in the 1950s; in...
[Item #25852]
Price: $250.00
 
Old and New Duck Butter Poems [Inscribed Copy]
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Step It Down: Games, Plays, Songs, and Stories from the Afro-American Heritage
New York: Harper & Row, 1972. First Edition. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 232pp; illus. Light wear and soil to board edges, else Near Fine dustwrapper with minor creases to flaps, Very Good.
[Item #19050]
Price: $20.00
 
Step It Down: Games, Plays, Songs, and Stories from the Afro-American Heritage
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The Wild Party. With an Introduction by Louis Untermeyer. Decorations by Steele Savage
New York: The Citadel Press, 1949. Reprint. Somewhat uncommon edition of March's classic narrative poem chronicling the adventures of Burrs and Queenie, a pair of jazz-age swells. Text illustrations in black and white by Steele Savage; the dustjacket art is unattributed, obviously later, and lurid in suitable proportion to the...
[Item #14307]
Price: $125.00
 
The Wild Party. With an Introduction by Louis Untermeyer. Decorations by Steele Savage
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Vibrations in Sanctuary, One More Time
Palo Alto: Jamal Publishing Company, [1970]. Revised Edition. Octavo (21cm.); original white and black staplebound wrappers; 64,[2]pp. About Fine. San Francisco-based jazz drummer's first poetry collection. No copies of this edition noted in OCLC; 5 copies of the first edition located (Michigan and Temple only outside California).
[Item #26019]
Price: $20.00
 
Vibrations in Sanctuary, One More Time
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The PL Yearbook of Jazz, 1946
London: Editions Poetry, 1946. First Edition. Linen-backed boards (hardcover); dustjacket; 188pp; illus. Mild foxing to endpapers; brief gift inscription (dated 1948), brief bumps to board corners; Very Good. In slightly rubbed pictorial dustwrapper, unclipped, lightly worn at spine ends. Articles by Max Jones, Charles Wilford, Frederic Ramsey, Charles McCarthy, others;...
[Item #7778]
Price: $35.00
 


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