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Charlie Watts' Favorite Drummers

by Chet Falzerano
In various interviews over the past 35 years Charlie Watts has expressed admiration for the talents of many drummers. But the fundamental connections of those he has noted as his favorites, help define his particular style, approach, and priorities as the drummer for the “Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the World.” Here then, are 26 biographies of Charlie Watts’ favorites drummers. Included are Art Blakey, Chico Hamilton, Art Taylor, Phil Seamen, Ginger Baker, Jerry Allison, Papa yetJo Jones, Jim Keltner, Kenny Clarke, Davey Tough, Billy Higgins, Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Jake Hanna,, Tony Williams, Max Roach, Joe Morello, and Big Sid Catlett.
002008046x9/212 Pages $24.99
 
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Chick Webb

Spinnin’ the Webb: The Little Giant
by Chet Falzerano, foreword by Van Alexander
Chick Webb’s short professional career (he died at 30) served as an inspiration to young drummers at the dawn of America’s big band/swing era. Simply stated, Webb is the guy who inspired the guys, who inspired the guys, who inspired you. Gene Kurpa: “Chick taught me more than anyone.” Buddy Rich: “as a soloist, Chick had no equal at the time.” Papa Jo Jones “ I don’t speak of Chick Webb, the drummer, I speak of Chick Webb, the epitome.” And Webb accomplished this as a black man crippled with a debilitating disease in a segregated society. His contributions as a drummer/bandleader changed the course of music in America, not the least of which was discovering Ella Fitzgerald. Author Chet Falzerano chronicles Webb’s greatness in this celebration of the “little giant” including the recreation of Webb’s drum set.
00138634Full color, 68 pages $24.99
 
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Christmas Music Companion Fact Book

by Dale V. Nobbman
For 50 beloved traditional tunes, readers will learn the story of how the song came to be, the author and the historical setting, then be able to play a great arrangement of the song! Songs examined include: Away in a Manger, Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, O Christmas Tree, O Holy Night, Silver Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, What Child Is This?, and more!
00000272(112 pages) $12.95
 
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Cowboy Guitars

by Steve Evans and Ron Middlebrook, foreword by Roy Rogers, Jr.
Back in the good old days, all of America was infatuated with the singing cowboys of movies and radio. This huge interest led to the production of "cowboy guitars." This fun, fact-filled book is an outstanding roundup of these wonderful instruments.
00000281Softcover (232 pages) $35.00
00000303Hardcover (234 pages) $55.00
 
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Dobro Roots

A Photo Tour of Prewar Wood Body Dobros
By Steve Toth
Foreword by Jerry Douglas John Dopyera invented it in California in the late 1920s and along with his brothers Rudy, Emil, Robert and Louis, they formed the Dobro Corporation Ltd. This first and only book of it’s kind will show a wide variety of Dobro Guitars produced during the years 1929 through approximately 1941. With actual examples of most of the models. The various models are shown in an ordered sequence as they were made, coordinated with the catalog, advertisement and brochure information that is still available for each model shown. In “Dobro Roots” we have set out with hundreds of photographs to document an extensive sampling of the wood body Dobro guitars produced during the prewar period. “Dobro Roots” will be both an historical and entertaining resource and reference book for those interested in Dobro and resonator guitars. Chapters include: Background, California 5 Series, California 6 Series, Cyclops Series, Regal First Series, California 7 Series, Teardrop Series, Regal Final Series. Plus an added CD bonus of Steve Toth playing 15 tunes on 15 different prewar wood body Dobros that you will find interesting, informative and enjoyable. "This is the Dobro wish book..."Jerry Douglas
00125507Hard Cover/CD, 216 pgs, Full Color $55.00
 
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