Screening the Blues:
Aspects of the Blues Tradition.London: Cassell, 1968 Stock Code: 142989
First edition, first impression. An important early contribution to the serious study of the origins of the Blues and certainly difficult to find in anything approaching such sharp condition, as here. Paul Oliver "first encountered the music as a teenager, hearing black American servicemen singing a work song. In the 50s he studied the field recordings made for the Library of Congress by John and Alan Lomax, corresponded with collectors of rare 78s and began to write for blues and folk magazines. He illustrated some of his writings and record sleeves with his own drawings, and many of his books with his own photographs. His exhibition of blues photographs at the American embassy in London in 1964 was a rare instance, at that time, of institutional recognition of the music. As "sheriff of Bluesville" he welcomed young guns" (Guardian obituary, retrieved 27 August 2020).
Octavo. Original terracotta cloth, gilt-lettered spine. With the dust jacket
Price-clipped jacket showing only the slightest wear. A very good, sharp copy.
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