Category Archives: American
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.
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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
I hope your Chanukah and Thanksgiving and any other holiday to include lazing about, introspecting, eating, being with family, escaping from family, being thankful or worrying or commemorating… I hope you are well and wish you a close of the year celebrating and remembering as appropriate, and a fresh hopeful New Year.
Eat and drink for tomorrow we die. Not really, I hope. My heart is with those who struggle and hurt and my joy is in my family, mi vida. And books of course. Give generously to the charity of your choice (find out which charities use your money the way you intend at Charity Navigator) and then remember that charity, and changing the world, begin at home. Mwah.
I have some wonderful Judaica, but Chanukah sneaked up on me this year. I must hang my head and skip over it and go straight to my Christmas books. I will do better next year, I promise.
So here are photos of three lovely books for this year. Please contact me at winecountrybooksnapa at gmail if one looks interesting to you. More will be listed in the coming days. Warmest wishes.