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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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American Labor Songs of the Nineteenth Century
Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1975. First Edition. Standard and definitive collection of labor songs from the late Colonial period through the Progressive Era. A great copy. Quarto. Blue cloth boards; dustjacket; xvii, 356pp; illus. Fine, tight, unmarked copy in a crisp and unworn jacket, Near Fine.
[Item #20138]
Price: $25.00
 
American Labor Songs of the Nineteenth Century
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Original Silkscreen Poster: Untitled [Portrait of Pete Seeger]
N.p. 1965. Striking portrait of a folksinger with a twelve-string guitar. Though untitled, the image bears a strong resemblance to Newman's 2009 poster-portrait of Pete Seeger, who we strongly suspect is the subject of this piece as well. Rare image by the talented West Coast printmaker Earl Newman (b. 1930)...
[Item #16063]
Price: $600.00
 
Original Silkscreen Poster: Untitled [Portrait of Pete Seeger]
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Bound for Glory
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1943. First Edition. A decent example of Woody's great autobiography, an enduring classic of American Depression-era writing. First Printing. Octavo; black cloth, with titles and illustration in gilt on spine and front panel; yellow topstain; 428pp. Gilt moderately oxidized, with dustiness to boards and a trace...
[Item #11750]
Price: $400.00
 
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California to the New York Island: Being a Pocketfull of Brags, Blues, Bad-Men Ballads, Love Songs, Okie Laments and Children's Catcalls
New York: The Guthrie Children's Trust Fund, 1958. First Edition. Notes and text to 29 songs, including some of Guthrie's most popular ballads: "Bound for Glory," "Hard Travelin'," "Pretty Boy Floyd," "Talking Dust Bowl," and "This Land Is Your Land." Edited by Millard Lampell, with a 2pp introduction by Pete...
[Item #26404]
Price: $125.00
 
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The Woody Guthrie Songbook
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, [1976]. First Edition. First printing, wrapper issue. Quarto (27cm.); original black pictorial card wrappers; 253,[3]pp.; plain photographic illus., sheet music. Extremties rubbed, most notably to spine foot, else Near Very Good. Includes music and lyrics for sixty original songs, as well as "Writings, Drawings, Memorabilia...
[Item #21301]
Price: $25.00
 
The Woody Guthrie Songbook
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McCarthy Versus the State Department. Toward Consensus on Certain Charges Against the State Department By Senator Joseph McCarthy and Others. An Impartial Factual Analysis
N.p. (Durham, NC): By the Author, 1952. Revised Edition. SEIDMAN H95: "A review of McCarthy's charges of communist influence inthe State Department...who concludes that almost all of McCarthy's charges have been proved false." Staple-bound pamphlet; original printed wrappers; 34pp. Covers slightly dusted, mild creasing and sunning to edges; Very Good...
[Item #7324]
Price: $22.50
 
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Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1920. Follow-up volume to the author's highly-regarded Cowboy Songs (1910), collecting 74 cowboy songs and ballads broken up into three sections: "Cowboy Yarns," "The Cowboy Off Guard," and "Cowboy Types." With a foreword by William Lyon Phelps. Scarce in dustjacket. Second Printing. Octavo (19.5cm): rust-colored...
[Item #26403]
Price: $200.00
 
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Look What They Done To My Song
New York: Random House, 1974. First Edition. Octavo. Green cloth-backed boards; dustjacket; 251pp. Tight, Near Fine copy; remainder mark to bottom edge of text block. In the original pictorial dustwrapper, slightly toned at extremities but still sharp and unworn; Very Good Plus. Erratum slip included. Jazz novel; first book by...
[Item #20215]
Price: $45.00
 
Look What They Done To My Song
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Burugurasu Ongaku [Bluegrass Music]
Toyohashi, Japan: Traditional Song Society, Aichi University, 1967. First Edition. Uncommon, historic work by Mitsui, a professor of English at Kanazawa Univeristy in Japan, and his country's foremost scholar on country music. In his bibliographical survey of bluegrass material, Scott Hambly notes the existence of three book-length historical surveys of...
[Item #19502]
Price: $450.00
 
Burugurasu Ongaku [Bluegrass Music]
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Woke Up This Mornin': Poetry of the Blues
New York: Bantam Books, [1973]. First Edition. 12mo (17.5cm.); original black pictorial card wrappers; [16].122pp. Textblock uniformly toned, else Fine. Collection of lyrics by the major blues singers, including Leadbelly, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Bukka White, and Howlin' Wolf. With an introduction by Nicholas.
[Item #25876]
Price: $20.00
 
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Le Point - Revue Artistique et Litteraire, XL (Janvier 1952). Le Jazz
Paris: Le Point, 1952. First Edition. Entire issue devoted to (mostly American) jazz, with articles by Hugues Panassie ("Le Jazz, musique vivant"), Madeleine Gautier ("Le Blues"); Big Bill Broonzy ("Lowland Blues"), others. Many full-page photographs featuring portraits of Don Byas, Zutty Singleton, Mezz Mezzrow, Louis Armstrong, and others; 10 photos...
[Item #20005]
Price: $100.00
 
Le Point - Revue Artistique et Litteraire, XL (Janvier 1952). Le Jazz
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78-rpm Recording: Sweet Georgia Brown b/w Abe Saperstein Interview - PTR 652
Hollywood, CA: Tempo Record Co. [ca 1952]. Tempo Records originally issued this iconic recording of "Sweet Georgia Brown" in 1947, performed by the great (if now little-remembered, aside from this one signature tune) Brother Bones, a whistling, bones-playing novelty recording artist from Montgomery, Alabama. The original pressing was backed with...
[Item #19989]
Price: $250.00
 
78-rpm Recording: Sweet Georgia Brown b/w Abe Saperstein Interview - PTR 652
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People's Songs - Vol.2, No.5 (June 1947)
New York: People's Songs, 1947. Early issue of this important folk music journal, the present issue containing an early contribution by Woody Guthrie ("So Long, It's Been Good To Know You"), as well as a small piece on Paul Robeson, whose portrait graces the front cover. REUSS 74. Quarto (27.5cm);...
[Item #19081]
Price: $75.00
 
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People's Songs - Vol.1, No.12 (January 1947)
New York: People's Songs, 1947. Early issue of this important folk music journal, the present issue containing an early contribution by Woody Guthrie, by way of a letter to the editor and a glowing review of George Thompson's "Marxism and Poetry." Also included are brief pieces by Waldemar Hille, Lee...
[Item #19082]
Price: $50.00
 
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People's Songs - Vol.2, No.4 (May 1947)
New York: People's Songs, 1947. Early issue of this important folk music journal. The center spread is dedicated entirely to Woody Guthrie's contributions - three songs about miners ("Miners' Kids and Wives," "Talking Miner," and "The Dying Miner"). Also includes protest, farmer, and prison songs. REUSS 72. Quarto (27.5cm); black...
[Item #19083]
Price: $75.00
 
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People's Songs Vol.2, No's.1-2 - First Anniversary Issue
New York: People's Songs, Inc. 1947. First Edition. Scarce First Anniversary issue of People's Songs magazine, featuring a colorful cover picturing Joe Hill in front of an industrial background. This issue, dedicated chiefly to labor songs, features notable contributions by T-Bone Slim, John Handcox, and Lou Kleinman, with a notably...
[Item #19045]
Price: $125.00
 
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People's Songs - Vol.2, No.11 (December 1947)
New York: People's Songs, 1947. The Christmas, 1947 issue of this long-running American folk music periodical, with content dedicated primarily to holiday music. "Christmas is a time for singing, and it is also a time when millions remember the words of one who preached the brotherhood of man. What better...
[Item #19176]
Price: $50.00
 
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What, Woman, and Who, Myself, I Am: An Anthology of Songs and Poetry of Women's Experience [...] Music copy and decoration by Jean Rudokas
Sonoma, CA: Wooden Shoe, [1974]. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original white pictorial card wrappers; 84pp.; illus. & music throughout. Some wear from handling, old manuscript price sticker to upper wrapper, else Very Good and sound. Includes works by Jean Ritchie, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Diane Wakoski, and Adrienne Rich, among...
[Item #26413]
Price: $15.00
 
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Southern Mountain Folk Tradition and the Folksong "Stars" Syndrome
Huntington, WV: Appalachian Movement Press, [ca 1970]. Two articles by Don West, originally published in the magazine "The Appalachian South," critiquing the commercial folk song "industry" of the Sixties. West portrays the "Folk Stars" cult as violating "...the nature and spirit of folksong...either their sponsors lack respect for the folk...
[Item #17507]
Price: $25.00