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Black Cameos
New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1924. First Edition. Brief character vignettes of African-American life in and around New Orleans. Heavy on dialect, but the portraits are genuinely sympathetic and the author makes a concerted attempt not to stereotype his subjects. Kennedy was a New Orleans folklorist and music collector...
[Item #16126]
Price: $50.00
 
Black Cameos
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Slave Songs of the United States
New York: Peter Smith, 1929. Reprint. Octavo (21cm). Green cloth boards; xlii, 115pp. Cover gilt slightly dulled, else a tight, VG copy. Facsimile reprint of the 1867 edition. The first serious musicological analysis of African-American music. Includes words and transcriptions for 135 songs.
[Item #14081]
Price: $125.00
 
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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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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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Direction - Vol.3, No.3 (March, 1940)
Darien, CT: Direction, 1940. First Edition. The Easter issue of Direction, which focused on social action, with a particular interest in the plight of the migrant worker. This issue contains a notably early contribution by Woody Guthrie entitled "Songs of the Migratious Trail" (pp.6-7), which would go on to be...
[Item #18835]
Price: $400.00
 
Direction - Vol.3, No.3 (March, 1940)
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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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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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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
 
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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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This Land is My Land: American Work Songs. FOLKWAYS FP27
New York: Folkways Records & Service Corp. 1952. First pressing. 10" long-playing vinyl record in original illustrated board album cover. No inner sleeve, and lacking descriptive booklet (if issued). The record is in excellent playing condition (A-/B+), with excellent gloss to vinyl and only a few minor surface scratches. Sleeve...
[Item #14079]
Price: $40.00
 
This Land is My Land: American Work Songs. FOLKWAYS FP27
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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