Father Of The Blues By W.C. Handy Edited By Arna Bontemps [SIGNED] [SOLD]
Father Of The Blues By W.C. Handy Edited By Arna Bontemps  [SIGNED]  [SOLD]
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Macmillan, New York, 1941, Stated First Printing. Warmly inscribed, SIGNED and dated in just the second month of publication, at the ffep, "To Homer and Marian, with appreciation and admiration, W.C. Handy, 7-2-1941" (the author has corrected a word in the inscription). The classic memoir of the greatly influential orchestra leader, entrepreneur, and composer. Despite the book's title, Handy never claimed to have fathered or invented the blues, but his creative documentation and arrangement of the black rural and folk music which he heard as a struggling young band leader, working in Mississippi at the turn of the 20th Century, made him the first composer, as jazz critic Gary Giddins has astutely observed, to "codify.. the 12 bar blues form...organiz[ing] the elements of the blues with compositional ambition, joining diverse refrains and focusing primary attention on melody". His Memphis Blues, published in 1912, was an immediate hit and brought broad public acceptance of the new form and with the appearance of his immortal St. Louis Blues in 1914, Handy had made the blues form a permanent force in American popular music. A ground breaking black businessman, he became a successful publisher of his many compositions and enjoyed a long and much celebrated career. Tens of thousands thronged the streets of Harlem at his funeral in 1958, the same year in which his film biography starring Nat "King" Cole and appropriately titled, St. Louis Blues, was released. In original blue cloth, pages a little musty, light tanning to end papers, touch of wear to extremities and spine ends, age toning to page edges, else very good++, tight, clean and unmarked. In the scarce dust jacket, good+ , flaps are clipped but not price clipped with original price of $3.00 to front flap, chipping and light material loss to spine ends and panel edges and front corners, light soiling to rear panel, else intact and still quite bright, in mylar sleeve. Handy's autobiography was an immediate success, reprinted numerous times in the years immediately following its first printing in 1941 and in subsequent editions over the decades. A significant blues autobiography, first printings in the dust jacket are uncommon and signed copies very scarce. J1555

Father Of The Blues By W.C. Handy Edited By Arna Bontemps  [SIGNED]  [SOLD]
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