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GOFFIN, Robert.

Aux Frontières du Jazz.

Préface de Pierre Mac Orlan.

Éditions du Sagittaire [Brussels printed], Paris , 1932 Stock Code: 76969

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Fourth edition, same year as the first. This copy with the ownership inscription of legendary record producer and A & R man Hugh Mendl. Radley- and Oxford-educated - the present volume has a contemporary bookseller's ticket for Parker's of Broad Street - Mendl's head was turned by jazz in the 30s, and he joined Decca Records, where his grandfather was chairman. He worked as a song plugger in the 40s, becoming a producer in 1950. He produced Lonnie Donegan's first recordings, kicking off the skiffle boom, and recommended the Beatles to Dick Rowe in 1962, only to have him turn them down. Through the 60s he was responsible Decca's progressive subsidiary Deram and signed Bowie, John Mayall, Caravan, Genesis and was executive producer on the Moody Blues influential Days of Future Passed album. The author was a Belgian lawyer, poet and author, a Stormy Petrel of the Nazi invasion, who fled to the USA in 1939. In 1932 he had published the present work, one of the earliest serious analyses of the jazz, "exploring the general history and character of jazz before offering a series of miniature portraits" of performers (Jackson, Making Jazz French, p.93). He also contributed "The Best Negro Jazz Orchestra," translated by Beckett, to Nancy Cunard's Negro anthology. In exile he supported himself by his writings, including a number of novels on the Nazi occupation of Belgium - La colombe de la Gestapo and Passeports pour l'Audelà - and lectures, in 1942 collaborating with Leonard Feather to teach what is considered the first course ever on jazz history and analysis, held at the New School for Social Research in New York City. A fair copy, with a pleasing musical association, of this important and fragile, and consequently uncommon, book.

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Octavo, original printed orange wraps.


30 plates, illustrations to the text.


Wraps somewhat rubbed and soiled, the spine tanned and with splitting and chipping, text-block browned as usual, about very good.


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