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ART HODES! First Edition of "Selections From The Gutter" Signed by Hodes TWICE! (SOLD!!)

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233 pages, first edition (1977), hard cover w/dustjacket. Offered here is a first edition copy of "Selections from the Gutter" signed by brilliant traditional jazz pianist Art Hodes. Hodes was the editor and publisher of "The Jazz Record" an unusual jazz periodical that began in the 1930s that employed the concept that the jazz artists themselves tell their own story. The result was an amazing collection of essays written by legendary jazz stars and interviews with those who chose not to sit down at a type writer. "Selections from the Gutter" is a wonderful collection of these essays and interviews which highlights the tenure of "The Jazz Record".

Just some of the contributors to this book are: Baby Dodds, Mezz Mezzrow, Big Bill Broonzy, Omer Simeon, Bunk Johnson, George Lewis, Cow Cow Davenport, Rudi Blesh, Pops Foster, Jim Robinson, Art Hodes and many, many more.

Hodes has inscribed boldy it in blue ballpoint, "To Wilbur Mastin/ All my best/ Art Hodes". I do not know if the Wilbur Mastin here is the same one famous as the leader of the Will Mastin Trio which brought Sammy Davis, Jr prominence in the 1940s. Who knows?

Hodes has signed a second time (his name only) on the Preface page.

The book is in fine condition, the only flaws being the price is clipped from the dust jacket and a dog ear on the preface page.


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