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C.F. Martin & His Guitars, 1796-1873

by Philip F. Gura
The Martin is considered the finest acoustic guitar in the world, a distinction it has held for more the 160 years. Philip Gura Chronicles the career of Christian Frederick Martin from his humble start as an importer and repairman of musical instruments in New York City in the 1830s through his move to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and the founding of C.F. Martin & Company. Gura is the first historian to throughly study the Martin company records dating back to the 1830s. Using this rich archive, he establishes how a German immigrant from Saxony's guild tradition became the finest American guitar maker of his time. The many sketches and hundreds of photographs illustrate how Martin adapted his artisanal craft to modern industrial methods. Includes an 80-page color section!
00001596352 pages, 7x11 $29.99

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

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

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

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

Centerstream publishes a variety of music books on instruments, instructional, reference, and biographies.

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