Collectors, fans, and musicians may find these two works of interest.
I am watching a BBC documentary about earliest human history. The presenter suggests that what allowed European Homo Sapiens to outlive their more robust, better adapted cousins the European Neanderthals was – can you guess? – art and music. Art and music created cultural identity across broader geographic regions and for larger tribes and served to preserve the weaker, smaller brained Homo Sapiens. With this perspective, the importance and influence of the arts for any culture has greater urgency than ever.
Song in America our Musical Heritage by Burl Ives (1962) collects 311 folk songs, arranged by Albert Hague. Even in our modern era the words of folk songs can vary widely from region to region, artist to artist, and decade to decade. It is good to have another reference, especially one so complete.
A Treasury of Stephen Foster (1946) includes historical notes that lend context to Foster’s work, including his use of themes from African slavery and minstrelsy. Cultural theft? A good faith attempt to strike universally recognizable sentimental notes of loss, longing, and fun in spite of it all?
“Foster composed about two hundred songs and a few instrumental pieces… a half dozen rank with the world’s greatest ballads; at least twenty-five of them have become American folksongs and more than fifty are well worthy of preservation.” Collected songs are arranged for piano by Ray Lev and Dorothy Berliner Commins.
If you are interested, please contact us at winecountrybooksnapa at gmail. Best wishes, and happy reading – or in this case, playing and singing.
Are you a collector or book lover? You may find our back issues of Firsts The Book Collector’s Magazine, all in very good condition, helpful and interesting.
January 1998 contains articles including
Motion Picture Source Books
Collecting William Saroyan
Remembering a Friend: Leo Politi “Leo Politi was the artist of Los Angeles…”
Willie Morris an American Writer from the South
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If you are a collector or book lover, you may find our vintage copies of Firsts the Book Collector’s Magazine interesting or helpful.
All are priced $7 with free shipping in the US. All are in very good or better condition.
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February 1998 contains articles including
Women of the New West – Kingsolver, Hogan, Erlich
The Firsts Guide to Grading Books Part 1 “Firsts begins its series on grading books with the best condition, very fine…”
Collecting Howard Norman – Northern Lights, The Bird Artist, fascinating stories, children’s books and translations of Eskimo and Northern Native American folk tales…
Book Hunting in Cyberspace
February 1999 is a fun issue – the risks, beauties and tomfoolery of purchasing collectible books on eBay is a good read nearly 20 years later. $7 includes shipping within the US and great articles including
Collecting William F. Nolan
The Many Lives of Norman Mailer “Charming, pugnacious, arrogant, brilliant, fearless, Mailer has always been controversial…”
The Power of Access “Booksellers who have access to the Internet have speedy, easy access to information about books and a place to interact…”
The Internet Follies, or Dancing on eBay
If you are a collector or simply love a particular author, I have a select few back issues of Firsts the Book Collector’s Magazine in very good condition.
Firsts sells these on their website; as mine are used, I will of course drop the price.
All prices include shipping and handling within the US. Outside the US, contact winecountrybooksnapa at gmail to inquire about international shipping rates.
Are you a book collector or book lover? You may find our collection of vintage copies of Firsts The Book Collector’s Magazine worthwhile. Each issue is $7, shipping is free in the United States. For shipping outside the US, contact us at winecountrybooksnapa at gmail.
June 1998 Contains articles including
Worldwide Detectives “Where there are human beings, there is crime. Detectives may ply their craft at any time in history or any place on the globe. We look at three very different and far-flung detectives…”
The Firsts Guide to Grading Books Part 5 ” Firsts concludes its series by examining conditions that render a book uncollectable… incomplete and unattractive…”
Collecting Charles Willeford “When Miami Blues was first published in 1984…”
Casing K.C. Constantine “… this author has managed to guard his true identity for more than a quarter of a century while writing a series of fascinating mysteries set in fictional Rocksburg, PA…”