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  • [Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971] Bergreen, Laurence.
    LOUIS ARMSTRONG: An Extravagant Life.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Broadway Books, (1997.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A definitive biography of this giant among jazz musicians - based on previously unexplored archives of Armstrong's writings. Photographs, discography, bibliography, endnotes, index. 564 pp. ISBN: 0-553-067680.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 54405
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  • LOUIS: The Louis Armstrong Story, 1900-1971. by [Armstrong, Louis] Jones, Max and Chilton, John.
    [Armstrong, Louis] Jones, Max and Chilton, John.
    LOUIS: The Louis Armstrong Story, 1900-1971.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, 1971. dj. Hardcover first edition - An account of the musician who towered over the world of jazz for 50 years. Illustrated with many photographs. Chronology, film list, index. Slightly oversized. 256 pages.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, missing front endpaper, but overall tight and clean in a very good, unmarked dustjacket.

    Book ID: 39155
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  • LOUIS: The Louis Armstrong Story, 1900-1971. by [Armstrong, Louis] Jones, Max and Chilton, John.
    [Armstrong, Louis] Jones, Max and Chilton, John.
    LOUIS: The Louis Armstrong Story, 1900-1971.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, 1971. dj. Hardcover first edition - An account of the musician who towered over the world of jazz for 50 years. Illustrated with many photographs. Chronology, film list, index. Slightly oversized. 256 pages.

    Condition: Very good in very good+ dust jacket (previous owner's name mostly hidden by dj flap.)

    Book ID: 21638
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  • LOUIS: The Louis Armstrong Story, 1900-1971. by [Armstrong, Louis] Jones, Max and Chilton, John.
    [Armstrong, Louis] Jones, Max and Chilton, John.
    LOUIS: The Louis Armstrong Story, 1900-1971.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, 1971. dj. Hardcover first edition - An account of the musician who towered over the world of jazz for 50 years. Illustrated with many photographs. Chronology, film list, index. Slightly oversized. 256 pages.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 21701
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  • Balliett, Whitney
    SUCH SWEET THUNDER: 49 Pieces on Jazz

    Edition: First printing.

    Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1966. dj. Hardcover first edition -

    Condition: NF/VG+ (gift inscription, pc, rubbing to dj - but overall a very tight, almost unread, copy.)

    Book ID: 8132
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  • THE JAZZ BOOK: From New Orleans to Rock and Free Jazz. by Berendt, Joachim.
    Berendt, Joachim.
    THE JAZZ BOOK: From New Orleans to Rock and Free Jazz.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Westport, CT: Lawrence Hill and Co, (1975.). "An indispensable handbook for jazz today" - a comprehensive look at jazz history with chapters on jazz instruments, vocalists, combos, European jazz and more. Translated by Dan Morgenstern and Helmut and Barbara Bredigkeit Discography, index. xvi, 459 pp. ISBN: 0-882080288.

    Condition: Near fine in stiff wrappers.

    Book ID: 42229
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  • THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARIA CALLAS: A Novel. by Bond, Alma H.
    Bond, Alma H.
    THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARIA CALLAS: A Novel.

    Edition: First printing.

    Delhi, NY: Birch Brook Press, (1998) dj. Hardcover first edition - ""Dear Dr. Bond: We have never met, but you may well have heard of me. My name is Maria Callas. I am an opera singer. I am tking the liberty of writing to you because a friend of mine who is your patient says you are a wonderful psychoanalyst." Thus begins this compelling, fictional autobiography of the great diva, whose brilliant talent and tumultuous relationships have stirred the imagination of music lovers throughout the world." Bibliography. 222 pp. ISBN: 0-913559-490.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 57997
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  • THE WICKED WAYS OF MALCOLM MCLAREN. by Bromberg, Craig.
    Bromberg, Craig.
    THE WICKED WAYS OF MALCOLM MCLAREN.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1989). First edition - Biography of the man "who introduced the likes of the New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious, and other ilk, to the world, and whose story, so far, has been untold." List of sources, index. xxii, 330 pp. ISBN: 0-060962046.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 75038
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  • CARUSO'S METHOD OF VOICE PRODUCTION: The Scientific Culture of the Voice. by [Caruso, Enrico, 1873-1921] Marafioti, Mario, M.D.
    [Caruso, Enrico, 1873-1921] Marafioti, Mario, M.D.
    CARUSO'S METHOD OF VOICE PRODUCTION: The Scientific Culture of the Voice.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1922. Hardcover first edition - Dedicated to the great singer Enrico Caruso in the final months of his life and published shortly after his death, this is a detailed discussion of what is involved in the development of a singing voice. The focus is on natural singing - in fact, it mentions that Caruso smoked too much and his throat was often congested, yet this did not affect his magnificent singing. Illustrated with many photographs of Caruso, and anatomical drawings, some in full color. Includes a selection of vocal exercises. Introduction by Victor Maurel. xix, 308 pp.

    Condition: Very good overall in dark green cloth with gilt lettering on front cover and a gilt medallion of Caruso (rubbing to the lettering on the spine, and tear to the cloth at the top of the spine, but otherwise tight and sturdy) Uncommon in the first edition.

    Book ID: 74535
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  • BILLIE'S BLUES: Billie Holiday's Story, 1933-1959. by Chilton, John.
    Chilton, John.
    BILLIE'S BLUES: Billie Holiday's Story, 1933-1959.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Stein & Day, (1975) dj. Hardcover first edition - A biography of Billie Holiday by a friend and musician, one that focuses on the contradictions of her artistry as an accomplished jazz singer and her struggles as a drug addict, as a woman who earned the adulation of fans and suffered the humiliations of Jim Crow and incarceration. Foreword by Buck Clayton. Illustrated with photographs. Selected bibliography, index. 264 pp. ISBN: 0-812818210.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (some wear to the dj at the ends of the spine)

    Book ID: 76831
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  • Dodge, Roger Pryor.
    HOT JAZZ AND JAZZ DANCE, Collected Writings 1929-1964.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. dj. Hardcover first edition - Selected and edited by Pryor Dodge, with an introduction by Dan Morgenstern. Includes, among others, essays on topics such as Negro jazz as folk material for modern dance, and on figures like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bubber Miley and Nijinsky. Photographs, index. 368 pages. ISBN: 0-19-5071859.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 17398
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  • CHRONICLES: Volume One. by Dylan, Bob.
    Dylan, Bob.
    CHRONICLES: Volume One.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2004) dj. Hardcover - Volume One of Dylan's autobiography focuses on the start of his musical career and the early years in Greenwich Village, where he arrived in 1961, along with accounts of his road trips to New Orleans, Woodstock and his home state of Minnesota. 293 pp. ISBN: 0-743228154.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 67886
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  • THE WORLD OF DUKE ELLINGTON. by [Ellington, Edward Kennedy 'Duke', 1899-1974] Dance, Stanley.
    [Ellington, Edward Kennedy 'Duke', 1899-1974] Dance, Stanley.
    THE WORLD OF DUKE ELLINGTON.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Da Capo Press, (2002.). The life of jazz great Ellington in his own words and those of the musicians who played with him. Illustrated throughout with photographs. Discography, chronology, index. 310 pp. ISBN: 0-306-810158.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated covers (remainder line)

    Book ID: 41977
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  • DUKE ELLINGTON: A Spiritual Biography. by [Ellington, Edward Kennedy 'Duke', 1899-1974] Steed, Janna Tull .
    [Ellington, Edward Kennedy 'Duke', 1899-1974] Steed, Janna Tull .
    DUKE ELLINGTON: A Spiritual Biography.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, (1999.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An "interpretive biography" by Steed, an ordained minister who is a recognized authority on Ellington's Sacred Concerts. Part of a series of short biographies in the Lives & Legacies series, which focus on the spiritual growth of significant artists. Photographs, notes, chronology, index. 192 pp. ISBN: 9780824523510.

    Condition: Fine in a very near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 41976
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  • DA CAPO BEST MUSIC WRITING 2001: The Year's Finest Writing on Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, and More. by (Erickson, Steve, signed; Jonathan Lethem, Richard Meltzer, Sarah Vowell, William Gay, Whitney Balliett and others, contributors.) Hornby, Nick, editor.
    (Erickson, Steve, signed; Jonathan Lethem, Richard Meltzer, Sarah Vowell, William Gay, Whitney Balliett and others, contributors.) Hornby, Nick, editor.
    DA CAPO BEST MUSIC WRITING 2001: The Year's Finest Writing on Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, and More.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, (2001.). SIGNED first edition - An anthology, signed by Steve Erickson at his essay 'Neil Young on a Good Day.' Also includes contributions from Jonathan Lethem, David Rakoff, Mike Doughty, Richard Meltzer, Sarah Vowell, William Gay, Ryan Malan, Monica Kendrick, Gilbert Garcia, Whitney Balliett and more. Introduction by Nick Hornby, Series editor Ben Schafer. List of other notable essays of the year 2000 and notes on the contributors. 337 pp. ISBN: 0-306-810662.

    Condition: Fine (as new.)

    Book ID: 47155
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  • Feather, Leonard.
    THE PLEASURES OF JAZZ: Leading Performers on Their Lives, Their Music, Their Contemporaries.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Horizon Press, (1976.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes an overview of 20 years of jazz music and interviews or articles on 45 jazz musicians ranging from big bandsmen to combo leaders to vocalists, from the old masters to innovators. Included are Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Cleo Laine, John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, Oliver Nelson, Sarah Vaughan, Eubie Blake, Earl Hines, Donald Byrd, Barney Bigard, Herbie Hancock, Charles Lloyd, Yusef Lateef, Marian McPartland, Lena Horne, Quincy Jones and more. Introduction by Benny Carter, illustrated with 27 photographs. 200 pp. ISBN: 0-818012145.

    Condition: Near fine in a good dust jacket (chip to top edge of dj, creasing to front flap, edges)

    Book ID: 32850
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  • Flaherty, Ed
    THE BLUES ALIVE: The Timeless Tradition

    Edition: First printing in wrappers. No hardcover edition.

    Prescott, AZ: Hohm Press, 1999. SIGNED first edition - A very personal account of the history and significance of the blues music by the guitarist of the (almost) all women blues group, SHRI. 200 pgs, photographs, notes. SIGNED by the author on the half title page.

    Condition: Fine in glossy blue illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 9186
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  • Flotow, Freidrich von [1812-1883]
    THE OPERA OF MARTHA, or the Fair at Richmond (With Italian, German and English Words).

    Edition: An early edition.

    Boston: Oliver Ditson & Company, 1860. The work for which this German nobleman is best known; this opera was first preformed in Vienna in 1847. Although not as popular as it once was, it continues to be perfomed. This edition includes a synopsis of the story, the music of the entire opera and the words in three languages. Large soft-covered book, bound in a limp leatherette, 10 1/8 by 8 1/2 inches, 230 pages.

    Condition: Good but somewhat fragile condition. Some water damage to the lower corner and the margins of the covers and the first few and last couple of pages. Uncommon.

    Book ID: 21867
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  • Gant, Roland.
    WORLD IN A JUG.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Vanguard, 1961. dj. Hardcover first edition - 'Novel of a jazzman' - set in New Orleans, Europe and elsewhere in the 1920's to 1950's. Dustjacket blurb by Louis Armstrong.

    Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket (some general edgewear to dustjacket.)

    Book ID: 28798
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  • Gant, Roland.
    WORLD IN A JUG.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Vanguard, 1961. dj. Hardcover first edition - 'Novel of a jazzman' - set in New Orleans, Europe and elsewhere in the 1920's to 1950's. Dustjacket blurb by Louis Armstrong.

    Condition: Very good- in a fair dust jacket (line on front endpaper, general edgewear to dustjacket.)

    Book ID: 49306
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  • HARRINGTON STREET. by Garcia, Jerry (1942-1995)
    Garcia, Jerry (1942-1995)
    HARRINGTON STREET.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Delacorte, (1995) dj. Hardcover first edition - Published shortly after his death, this book by the rock musician and icon of the 60s looks at his early life on Harrington Street in San Francisco, where he went to live with his maternal grandparents after the death of his father at age 5. Garcia calls this "auto-apocrypha, full of my anecdoubts." Includes notes from Deborah Garcia and from the publisher. Very colorfully illustrated, square format. Unpaginated. ISBN: 0-385313535.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 74656
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  • CAPTAIN TRIPS: A Biography of Jerry Garcia. by [Garcia, Jerry] Troy, Sandy/
    [Garcia, Jerry] Troy, Sandy/
    CAPTAIN TRIPS: A Biography of Jerry Garcia.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Biography of this rock legend, counterculture hero and symbol of the Sixties, founder of the Grateful Dead Band, and much more. Photographs, notes, bibliography, index. xiv, 288 pp. ISBN: 1560250763.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 40031
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  • Garon, Paul.
    BLUES AND THE POETIC SPIRIT.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Eddison Press, 1975. dj. Hardcover first edition - The true first printing of this classic work on the blues which was revised and reissued as a trade paperback in 1996. Illustrated with many photographs, index, bibliography. 178 pgs.

    Condition: Near fine in a price-clipped, but otherwise fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 11958
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  • Gillespie, Dizzy] McRae, Barry.
    DIZZY GILLESPIE.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers.

    London: Omnibus Press, 1988. First edition - Part of the "Jazz Life and Times" series. Photographs, index, slightly oversized in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 11292
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  • Gillespie, Dizzy] McRae, Barry.
    DIZZY GILLESPIE.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers.

    London: Omnibus Press, 1988. First edition - Part of the "Jazz Life and Times" series. Photographs, index, slightly oversized in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 4189
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  • [Goodman, Benny] Collier, James Lincoln.
    BENNY GOODMAN AND THE SWING ERA .

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. dj. Hardcover first edition - A detailed biography of the clarinet player and band leader who became known as the 'King of Swing,' one which documents his career against the Depression era and the changing social milieu and popular music of the time. Goodman was the first to hire black musicians for a white band (Teddy Wilson and Lionel Hampton) and many other musicians, including Gene Krupa, Harry James and Peggy Lee, got their start in his band. . Illustrated with 16 pages of photographs; extensive notes, index. 404 pp. ISBN: 0-195052781.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 32590
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  • JAZZ MASTERS OF THE TWENTIES. by Hadlock, Richard.
    Hadlock, Richard.
    JAZZ MASTERS OF THE TWENTIES.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Collier Books, (1974). Includes chapters on some of the great figures who defined jazz for the world: Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Earl Hines, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, Jack Teagarden, Fletcher Henderson. Photographs. Suggested reading and a discography at the end of each chapter. 255 pp.

    Condition: Good overall in white illustrated wrappers (some wear to the covers, previous owner's name stamped on first page).

    Book ID: 74286
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  • NEGRO SPIRITUALS AND FOLK SONGS Arranged for Men's Voices. by Hall, Frederick.
    Hall, Frederick.
    NEGRO SPIRITUALS AND FOLK SONGS Arranged for Men's Voices.

    Edition: First or early printing.

    Winona Lake IN: Rodeheaver, Hall-Mack Co, (c. 1939). Arrangements in 4 parts with accompaniment. Introduction by Hall in which he explains the use of dialect and emphasizes that "In singing these songs dialect must not be overdone" as well as the fact that these should be sung a capella. Foreword by Peter Dykema. Approx 10 inches tall by 7 inches. 59 pp.

    Condition: Good overall in stapled blue wrappers (rubbing to the spine and edges, prev owner's name, usual toning to the pages.).

    Book ID: 57436
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  • Hampton, Lionel, with James Haskins.
    HAMP. An Autobiography.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Warner, 1989. Hardcover first edition - Hampton's life: eight decades of a great jazz musician, who fought segregation during his rise to fame. Includes glimpses of other celebrities such as Dinah Washington. With extensive discography.

    Condition: F/F.

    Book ID: 5428
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  • BLACK MUSIC IN AMERICA: A History Through Its People. by Haskins, James.
    Haskins, James.
    BLACK MUSIC IN AMERICA: A History Through Its People.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1993). Traces the history from the early slave music, through the Black Renaissance, the rise of jazz and rhythm and blues to the contemporary scene by focusing on musicians in each era. Illustrated with photographs. Selected bibliography, index. 198 pp. ISBN: 0-06-446136X.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 69837
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