New York: Ridge Press, 1977. 1st Edition. Large octavo, publisher's beige binding cloth, spine stamped in brown, blue endpapers, original printed dust jacket.
First edition of John Hammond’s autobiography. A talent scout, producer, musicologist, broadcaster, journalist, and mentor, Hammond sparked the careers of musical greats such as Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, and many others. Written with American record producer Irving Townsend, Hammond's memoir details his Manhattan childhood as a member of the Vanderbilt family, the early jazz clubs of Harlem, his early career as a journalist and booker, and especially his myriad musical discoveries. Illustrated with black-and-white photos; with discography and index. Spine-ends and corners lightly rubbed; unclipped dust jacket with light sunning and edgewear. Very good. Item #6856