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(LEADBELLY.) LOMAX, John A. & Alan.

Negro Folk Songs as sung by Lead Belly.

"King of the Twelve-String Guitar Players of the World," Long-Time Convict in the Penitentiaries of Texas and Louisiana. Transcribed, Selected and Edited by...

Published: New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936

Stock code: 83620

Price: £425

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First edition, first printing. The “Birth of the Blues” in the wider American consciousness. Recorded by the Lomax brothers as part of a Library of Congress project to preserve American folklore, Leadbelly became a sensation. Brought North by the Lomaxs he was befriended and championed by Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie as part of the burgeoning New York folk scene, and in 1939 was the subject of a three page article in Life magazine “Lead Belly – Bad Nigger Makes Good Minstrel”, illustrated with image used here for the frontispiece and dust jacket design. An uncommon book, particularly so in the fragile dust jacket.

Large octavo. Original light tan cloth, titles to spine and front board in red, top edge black. With the dust jacket. Portrait frontispiece. Cloth fresh. An excellent copy in the rubbed, chipped, and creased jacket with faded spine panel.

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