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1 Robinson, Earl, with Eric A. Gordon Ballad of an American: The Autobiography of Earl Robinson
Lanham MD/London The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1998 0-8108-3433-2 / 9780810834330 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean book, virtually as-new, the only blemish being an infinitesimal nick in the bottom edge of the front cover]. (American Folk Music and Musicians, No. 3) Series (B&W photo frontispiece) The autobiography of a composer-singer who was a major figure in 20th-century music. Largely written by Robinson himself but completed by Eric Gordon after Robinson's death in in a car accident in 1991, it not only chronicles his own life but also takes the reader on "a musical tour of America that extends from union halls and left-wing political groups of the 1930s to Broadway, Hollywood, the urban folk revival, and the New Age ethos of the 1980s." 
Price: 45.00 USD
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2 Gordon, Eric A. Mark the Music: The Life and Work of Marc Blitzstein [*SIGNED*]
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1989) 0-312-02607-2 / 9780312026073 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[minor bumping/scuffing to bottom of book, but in all other respects a fresh, apparently unread copy; jacket similarly nice, with only some slight wrinkling to the spine]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("To _____ - Keep on rocking the cradle!") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep in the year of publication. "The first full-scale life-and-times biography of one of America's leading composers of the twentieth centur, the man who, according to Aaron Copland, made indigenous American opera possible. Along with Copland and Virgil Thomson, Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964) attempted in the twenties to forge an authentic American classical music that was not just an importing of European traditions. Under the impact of the Great Depression in the thirties, Blitzstein turned to a more populist language and wrote opera that was more than an ornament and amusement for the rich and upper classes, opera that spoke to the common people of America, as Verdi and Puccini in their day had spoken to the common people of Italy." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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