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It Ain't Necessarily So, Adler, Larry
1 Adler, Larry It Ain't Necessarily So
London Collins 1984 0002160366 / 9780002160360 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Very Good+ copy with a small neat signature to front endpaper and with price clipped dustjacket. The world famous mouth organ player's ( he preferred mouth organ rather than harmonica) autobiography in which he recalls the last 50 years of his long career, replete with celebrities he has met and worked with. Coloured frontispiece by June Mendoza and 24 illustrations. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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Foreign Parts  -  A Singer's Journal, Allen, Thomas
2 Allen, Thomas Foreign Parts - A Singer's Journal
London Sinclair-Stevenson 1993 1856192520 / 9781856192521 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY THOMAS ALLEN on title page with dedication 'To Pat with best wishes'. A Very Good+ clean, tight and unmarked copy with a decorative book plate to half title page with slight age darkening to page edges. Dustjacket is also VG+ and has just a liitle wear to edges and is not price clipped. 238 pages. 31 illustrations. Sir Thomas Boaz Allen, is the internationally renowned baritone noted particularly for his role as Count Almaviva in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. This, his first book, starts in 1991 in Salzburg where he was to open a year of international performances for Mozart's bi-centenary, he reflects on his life and provides insights into his roles and the different productions. He paints a picture of a singer's life which is surprising in its frankness. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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Mamma Mia! How Can I Resist You?  -  The Inside Story of Mamma Mia! and the Songs of Abba, Andersson, Benny and Ulvaeus, Bjorn and Craymer, Judy
3 Andersson, Benny and Ulvaeus, Bjorn and Craymer, Judy Mamma Mia! How Can I Resist You? - The Inside Story of Mamma Mia! and the Songs of Abba
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2006 0297844210 / 9780297844211 First Hard Cover Fine Near Fine Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. A large format volume of 264 pages lavishly illustrated with colour photographs. The book draws together the intertwined tales behind two of popular music's most remarkable stories: the songs of ABBA, and the record-breaking show that gave those songs a fresh life and a whole new audience - MAMMA MIA! Andersson and Ulvaeus, whose songwriting and production genius was the mainspring of ABBA'S success, have collaborated on this book with the team who created MAMMA MIA!. Together they describe how ABBA'S songs emerged to capture the mood of their own times and the spirit of an era. PLEASE NOTE: A LARGE HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.97 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST. THIS CAN BE SENT ECONOMICALLY BY COURIER 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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Christie's South Kensington  -  Pop Memorabilia Auction  -  3 October 2002, Anonymous
4 Anonymous Christie's South Kensington - Pop Memorabilia Auction - 3 October 2002
London Christie's 2002 First Edition Soft Cover Fine No Jacket 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy. Catalogue of the auction of Pop Memorabilia, Thursday 3 October 2002 held at Christie's South Kensington, London. 384 lots colour illustrated. Including John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Andy Warhol items. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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The Book of Christmas Carols, Anonymous
5 Anonymous The Book of Christmas Carols
Bolton Aurora 1996 1859260721 / 9781859260722 First Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy in laminated boards with near Fine dustjacket. The word 'carol' comes from the old French, carole, a type of song originally written and played as a courtly dancing song. Carols gradually assumed a more popular form, telling stories and celebrating religious themes for all seasons until the late 19th century, when their present close association with Christmas became firmly established. The book offers a diverse selection of 19th century period carols, folk songs and lullabies well-known and less well-known, all beautifully illustrated with contemporary images, to be shared and sung in celebration of Christ's birth. Includes the musical notation. A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.83 KILO WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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Violin-Making  -  A Practical Guide, Barker, Juliet
6 Barker, Juliet Violin-Making - A Practical Guide
Marlborough, Wiltshire The Crowood Press 2001 1861264364 / 9781861264367 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall Downing, Rebecca 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which has a light crease to top edge and is not price clipped. The book is for everyone interested in this most beautiful craft, and with clear, detailed instructions, and with the minimum of tools, it will lead both amateurs and skilled woodworkers through the delicate and precise techniques. The author has taught and helped students make violins, violas and cellos for 40 years, and her advice is presented in clear, simple text, supported by some 200 illustrations including line drawings by Rebecca Downing. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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Percy Grainger, Bird, John
7 Bird, John Percy Grainger
London Paul Elek 1976 0236400045 / 9780236400041 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gold title on brown boards which are clean and unmarked with a little wear to spine head and tail and corner tips. Internally there are a few very small specks to lower closed edge else very clean, tight and unmarked. First edition (later reprinted by Macmillan in Australia). xv + 317 pages. 30 illustrations. Concert programme endpapers. Prefatory note by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. Appreciation by Leopold Stokowski. A definitive biography of George Percy Grainger (1882-1961), who worked under the stage name of Percy Aldridge Grainger, the Australian born composer and pianist. Grainger was the first to use Edison wax cylinders for recordings in Britain. Appendices include a catalogue of Grainger's published original compositions and arrangements, Discography, Catalogue of Duo-Art Piano Rolls made by Grainger. **** NOTE THAT THIS IS AN ACTUAL BOOK HELD IN STOCK **** 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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A First Guide to The Orchestra, Blackwood, Alan
8 Blackwood, Alan A First Guide to The Orchestra
Oxford Oxford University Press 1994 0199100462 / 9780199100460 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy other than a small dent to front top edge with coloured laminated boards as dustjacket. Dustjacket is complete. A marvellous introduction to the orchestra comprising the story of the orchestra, the instruments and the life of an orchestra, based around the London Symphony Orchestra. Illustrated in colour. 
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Gustav Mahler, Blaukopf, Kurt
9 Blaukopf, Kurt Gustav Mahler
London Allen Lane 1973 071390464X / 9780713904642 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy in brown cloth boards with VG dustjacket which has a little fading to spine and is not price clipped. Translated from the German by Inge Goodwin. 279 pages. 17 illustrations. The book is an important account of Mahler's career and personality, and Professor Blaukopf traces the composer's life against the background of the Habsburg Empire slowly emerging from authoritarian rule. Many new or hitherto unknown facts are revealed in this study of Mahler's life, private and professional. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** NOT BOOK CLUB **** 
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Brown Sugar  -  Eighty Years of America's Black Female Superstars, Bogle, Donald
10 Bogle, Donald Brown Sugar - Eighty Years of America's Black Female Superstars
New York Da Capo Press 1990 0306803801 / 9780306803802 Soft Cover Fine No Jacket 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy in card covers. A large format book of 208 pages. Illustrated throughout.. From the turn of the 20th century to its last few decades, a striking line-up of breathtaking black women have dazzled us with their energy, talent, and style. The book is filled with their stories. Includes Ma Rainey - the Mother of the Blues; Ethel Waters - sultry blues-singing flapper and an admired actress; Josephine Baker - who began her career on the stage of the Folies Bergère wearing nothing but a bunch of bananas and a smile; Lena Horne - who was named the café-au-lait Hedy Lamarr. Many others such as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Verdi, Bonavia, Ferruccio
11 Bonavia, Ferruccio Verdi
London Dennis Dobson 1947 Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt title and trumpet motif on green cloth boards which are very clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is some light foxing to tope edge else very clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good+ copy. Dustjacket has an inch loss to top of spine and some wear and is not price clipped. Although there are many biographies of Verdi, the author has succeeded in unearthing new and important material, and has shown the man and his life as he revealed himself through his correspondence. Portrait frontispiece and 4 illustrations. First published in 1930. 
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The Birth of the Detroit Sound  - 1940-1964, Bond, Marilyn and Boland, S.R.
12 Bond, Marilyn and Boland, S.R. The Birth of the Detroit Sound - 1940-1964
Charleston, South Carolina Arcadia 2002 0738520330 / 9780738520339 First Edition Soft Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy. 128 pages Photograph illustrations. The book chronicles the rise of rock 'n' roll in Detroit and also singles out some country and blues artists who had an early influence on the new sound. The year of 1964 was arbitrarily used because that was the year that Motown Records became the pre-eminent expression of Detroit music, eclipsing everything before it. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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Brilliant Rappers Educate Intelligent Students, BREIS
13 BREIS Brilliant Rappers Educate Intelligent Students
London Student of Life Publishing 2011 0956850405 / 9780956850409 First Edition Soft Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy. In Brilliant Rappers Educate Intelligent Students, rap artist BREIS takes us on a journey through his book of rhymes and the inspiration behind them. His raps breathe life into language, whether its English, Yoruba, Pidgin English or Slanguage. He shares his influences and gives us a glimpse into the mind of an MC that likes to think big. The selection of raps in the book have been performed worldwide and impacted many lives in a positive way. 
Price: 6.00 GBP
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Composers' Gallery  -  Biographical Sketches of Contemporary Composers, Brook, Donald
14 Brook, Donald Composers' Gallery - Biographical Sketches of Contemporary Composers
London Rockliff 1946 Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gold title on green cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally clean and unmarked. Includes 22 British composers and 18 foreign ones with 41 photographic portrait plates. A wonderful book for the music lover providing essential information on well known and not so well known composers. Third impression (first was also 1946). 
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Conductors' Gallery  -  Biographical Sketches of Well Known Orchestral Conductors Including Notes on the Leading Symphony Orchestras, and a Short Biography of the Late Sir Henry Wood, Brook, Donald
15 Brook, Donald Conductors' Gallery - Biographical Sketches of Well Known Orchestral Conductors Including Notes on the Leading Symphony Orchestras, and a Short Biography of the Late Sir Henry Wood
London Rockliff 1947 Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gold title on black cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally clean, tight and unmarked VG+. Dustjacket is chipped with small removal at top of spine and is price clipped G+. Fourth impression 1947 (first was 1945). Comprises biographical sketches of 31 conductors, a complete biography of Sir Henry Wood and an appendix relating the story of the leading symphony orchestras since their foundation. Superbly iilustrated with 57 studio portraits and orchestral photographs. 
Price: 7.00 GBP
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Autobiography, Cardus, Neville
16 Cardus, Neville Autobiography
London Collins 1947 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gold title on green cloth boards which are unmarked with no wear. Internally there is a littlelight foxing to closed edges else very clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good+ copy. Dustjacket has age darkening and is not price clipped. 288 pages. Frontispiec portrait and 7 illustrations. As a writer on both cricket and music Neville Cardus achieved a reputation which is perhaps without parallel. The book follows the boy Cardus fromhis obscure birth in the slums of Manchester along the road to fame. It is a steep climb from the slums of Manchester to the Long Room at Lord's, and the musical festivals of Salzburg, but Cardus sees his younger self with an admirable and vivid detachment, and the result is a narrative of unusual sincerity, at times infinitely moving, but enriched always with humour, the thrill of achievement and the wisdom of wide experience. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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Talking of Music, Cardus, Neville
17 Cardus, Neville Talking of Music
London Collins 1957 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy which has a strip of age toning to endpapers with dustjacket which has a repaired closed tear and is not price clipped. 320 pages. In his first book devoted exclusively to music for twelve years, Neville Cardus ranges at large over the music scene, which he has described with such grace in the columns of the Manchester Guardian and elsewhere. Starting with an appreciation of Toscanini, he writes of other conductors, including his favourite, Sir Thomas Beecham, and of the status and function of the conductor in a modern symphony concert. Next he turns to composers, writing with special force of Mahler, Strauss, Mozart, Elgar and contemporary English composers. In a stimulating and witty section about Opera, he recalls his visit to Vienna. Finally he considers the principles which lie - or should lie - behind musical criticism. 
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Benjamin Britten  -  A Biography, Carpenter, Humphrey
18 Carpenter, Humphrey Benjamin Britten - A Biography
London Faber and Faber 1992 0571143245 / 9780571143245 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. x + 680 pages. 96 illustrations. Map of part of the Suffolk coast. This is the long awaited full-scale biography of one of the greatest composers and musicians of the 20th century. Working independently but with the full co-operation of Britten's estate, HumphreyCarpenter has used Britten's diaries, letters and manuscripts, as well as the recollections of people who were drawn into Britten's world, to create an enthralling narrative. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.34 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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Enrico Caruso, Caruso, Dorothy
19 Caruso, Dorothy Enrico Caruso
London T. Werner Laurie 1946 First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt titles on red cloth boards which have some fading but are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally clean, tight and unmarked. Overall a Good + copy. Top edge red. 28 photographs and 15 caricatures by Enrico Caruso (one by his wife). A splendid and personal biography by the great singer's wife which contains many letters written by him to her. 
Price: 6.00 GBP
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Nat King Cole  -  An Intimate Biography, Cole, Maria with Robinson, Louie
20 Cole, Maria with Robinson, Louie Nat King Cole - An Intimate Biography
London W.H. Allen 1972 0491007825 / 9780491007825 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with no inscriptions with dustjacket which has two repaired closed tears and and is not price clipped. First British edition. 184 pages. 13 illustrations. The story of Nat King Cole begins with a skinny, four-year old boy being pushed onto the stahe of a Chicago theatre to play 'Yes, We Have No Bananas' on the piano. It ends in a hospital room in Santa Monica, California, into which poured messages of prayer and hope from all over the world. In the 41 year interval between his first public performance and his death from cancer, Nat King Cole, the minister's son, became a star of stage, screen, radio and television, and the singing idol of much of the world. He was the first black star to have national radio and television shows, and the first to take an integrated song-and-dance group on the road. But although he was the friend of Presidents, he was also a black man in a white world. He could find no national sponsor for his televison show, Klansmen viciously attacked him in his home state of Alabama, white neighbours fought against him when he bought his home in Los Angeles. In this warm and moving book, his widow relates the triumphs and struggles of her late husband. It is a story of nostalgia, tragedy and inspiration. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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