78 Quarterly

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These back issues of “78 Quarterly” are still being sold by 50 Miles of Elbow Room.

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Pete Whelan
78 Quarterly – Issue No. 3
78 Quarterly
book, 76 pages
$12
Published in 1988 and now very scarce. Front and back covers are clean. Staples show rust that slightly stains the centermost pages. Feature articles:
“Paramount, Part 1: The Anatomy of a ‘Race’ Label” by Stephen Calt
“Trev Benwell: ‘Man and Legend’” by Russ Shor
“Polk Miller and the Old South Quartette” by Doug Seroff
“Collecting Ethnic” by Dick Spottswood
“’Big Foot’ William Harris” by Gayle Dean Wardlow
“Gennett-Champion Blues: Richmond, Indiana (1923-1934), Part 1” by Tom Tsotsi
“The Rarest 78s (A-B)”
“A White Man’s Integrity” by Stephen Calt (interview with Skip James)
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78 Quarterly – Issue No. 4
78 Quarterly
book, 96 pages
$18
Highly desirable issue of 78 Quarterly that features R. Crumb’s illustration of Robert Johnson on the cover, and interview with the great music historian Frederic Ramsey, Jr., tales of Paramount Records, and more.Staples show rust that slightly stains the centermost pages.  Back covers show slight rubbing; front covers cleaner.  I’ve also got a couple copies that show a bit more wear such as staining to the outer edges of the pages that are $14.  Please specify your preference.  This is probably the last restock I’ll be able to get on this one.

Feature articles:
“Paramount, Part 2: The Anatomy of a ‘Race’ Label” by Stephen Calt
“Fred Ramsey Speaks Out!” an interview by Pete Whelan
“Robert Johnson” by Stephen Calt and Gayle Dean Wardlow
“The Idioms of Robert Johnson” by Stephen Calt
“Remembering Big Joe” by Henry Renard (subtitled “The life and times of Big Joe Clauberg and his Jazz Record Center – New York’s famous [and bizarre] hangout for collectors, celebrities, musicians, alcoholics, and hobos…”)
“Paramounts in the Belfry…” by Bob Hilbert
“Gennett-Champion Blues: Richmond, Indiana (1923-1934), Part 2” by Tom Tsotsi
“The Rarest 78s (C-D)”
“Postscript to the McKune Story…” by Bernard Klatzko

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Pete Whelan
78 Quarterly – Issue No. 5
78 Quarterly
book, 96 pages
$12
Published in 1990 and now very scarce.   Staples show rust that slightly stains the centermost pages.  Front and back covers show slight rubbing.  Features include:”The Buying and Selling of Paramounts, Part 3″ by Stephen Calt and Gayle Dean Wardlow
“Rarest 78s (F to G)”
“Louie Bluie, Part 1” by Terry Zwigoff
“100 Years from Today” by Doug Seroff
“When the Wolf Knocked on Victor’s Door” by Dick Spottswood
“Gennett / Champion Blues, Part 3” by Tom Tsotsi
“Portrait of a Blues Singer” (Skip James) by Stephen Calt
“Six Who Made Recorded History” by Gayle Dean Wardlow
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78 Quarterly – Issue No. 6
78 Quarterly
book, 96 pages
$12
Published ~1990 and now very scarce.  Schlitz Jug Band on the cover.  Staples show rust that slightly stains the centermost pages.  Front and back covers show slight rubbing.  Features include:
“Paramount Part IV: The Advent of Arthur Laibly” by Stephen Calt and Gayle Dean Wardlow
“The Rarest 78s (H-I-Ja)”
“Louie Bluie, Part 2” by Terry Zwigoff
“100 Years from Today: A Survey of Afro-American Music in 1890 as Recorded by the Black Community Press” by Doug Seroff, Lynn Abbott, and Ray Funk
“The Myth of Rock and Roll” by Stephen Calt
“Booker White on Bullet Williams” by Cal Stephens
“Gennett-Champion Blues: Richmond, Indiana (1923-1934), Part 4” by Tom Tsotsi
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78 Quarterly – Issue No. 7
78 Quarterly
book, 112 pages
$12
Published in 1992 and hard to come by.  Gennett Recording Laboratories truck on the cover.  The copies of this issue are pretty clean – nice covers and staples not so rusty.  Features include:
“Paramount’s Decline and Fall (Part 5)” by Stephen Calt with Gayle Dean Wardlow
“The Man Who Bought Paramount” by Pete Whelan
“The Rarest 78s (Je-K)”
“Lizzie Miles: Her Forgotten Career in Circus Side-Show Minstrelsy, 1914-1918” by Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff
“First and Last Days in Lynchburg: A Last Look at Lynchburg Luke” by Don Kent.  Lynchburg Luke is Luke Jordan.
“100 Years from Today: A Survey of Afro-American Music in 1891 as Recorded in the Black Community Press” by Doug Seroff and Lynn Abbott
“The Bohee Brothers (1844-1897 / 1856-1926[?]): Were these Afro-Canadians the Best Banjoists Ever?” by Dr. Rainer E. Lotz
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78 Quarterly – Issue No. 8
78 Quarterly
book, 112 pages
$8
Frank Stokes on the cover. No publishing date listed, but presumably this is from the early-mid 1990s. Staples show rust that slightly stains the centermost pages.  Front and back covers show wear + old price stickers, so a reduced price on this one.  Featured articles:
“H. C. Speir (1895-1972)” by Gayle Dean Wardlow
“Gennett Records: Capturing America’s Musical Grassroots” by Rick Kennedy
“Portrait of a Blues Singer, Part 6” by Stephen Calt (excerpt from Calt’s book on Skip James)
“The Rarest 78s (L-M-N)”
“Southern Echoes” by Tony Russell
“Gennett-Champion Blues: Richmond, Indiana (1923-1934), Part 5” by Tom Tsotsi
“Sweet Mattie Dorsey: Been Here, but She’s Gone” by Doug Seroff and Lynn Abbott
“Foolishness Rag: The Perception of Ragtime in Europe” by Rainer E. Lotz
“The Earliest Boogie Woogie” by E. S. Virgo
“American Ragtime Performers in Britain” by Mark Berresford
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78 Quarterly – Issue No. 9
78 Quarterly
book, 124 pages
$12
Henry Sims and Muddy Waters on the cover. No publishing date listed, maybe from the mid 1990s? Staples show rust that slightly stains the centermost pages.  Back cover shows rubbing.  Featured articles:
Frederic Ramsey Jr. obituary
“Henry ‘Son’ Sims” by Gayle Dean Wardlow
“The Rarest 78s (O-P-Q)”
“Clarence M. Jones (1889-1949): Almost Forgotten (But Not Quite)” by Rick Kennedy
“Black Music in the White City: African-Americans at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition” by Doug Seroff and Lynn Abbott
“Take My Picture, Make it in a Frame: The Wiley Barner Story” by Don Kent
“The Paramount L Master Series” by Max Vreede and Guido Van Rijn
“A Portfolio of Fake Paramount Ads” by Tony Mostrom
“Southern Echoes Part 2” by Tony Russell
“100 Years from Today: A Survey of African-American Music in 1892 and 1893 as Recorded in the Black Community Press” by Doug Seroff and Lynn Abbott
Book reviews, including of “I’d Rather Be the Devil: Skip James and the Blues” by Stephen Calt.
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78 Quarterly – Issue No. 10
78 Quarterly
book, 144 pages
$12
Published mid-late ‘90s? Saucy old-time ladies on the cover.  Staples show rust that slightly stains the centermost pages.  Front and back covers show slight rubbing.  Only a couple copies here.  Features include:”E. Belfield Spriggins: First Man of Jazzology” by Lynn Abbott
“The Rarest 78s (R thru S)”
“The Most Complete Biography of Johnny Dodds” by Bernard Klatzko
“Lonnie Johnson Goes to Cincinnati” by Gary Fortine
“The Broadway 5000 Series” by Rolf Von Arx
“Lost Man Blues: Who Was Sugar Underwood?” by Jim Lyons
“The Origins of Ragtime” by Doug Seroff and Lynn Abbott
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78 Quarterly – Issue No. 11
78 Quarterly
book, 128 pages
$12
Contains a very extensive Black Patti cover story (82 pages!). Staples show rust that slightly stains the centermost pages.  Front and back covers show more significant rubbing.  Featured articles:
“Black Patti” by Tom Tsotsi and Pete Whelan, with Joe Bussard, Matt Mintzell, and Rolf von Arx
“The Rarest 78s (T thru V)”
Bernard Klatszko obituary
“A Glimpse at the Golden Years of Ida Cox” by Rolf von Arx, with numerous clippings from The Chicago Defender
“Sis Quander – Duke Ellington’s First Vocalist?” by Kip Lornell and Rohulamin Quander
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78 Quarterly – Issue No. 12
78 Quarterly
book, 116 pages
$12
Features an incredible Paramount Records cover story.  Perfect-bound (no staple trouble!), clean covers.  Featured articles:
“Gold in Grafton!  Long lost Paramount photos, artwork, 78s surface after 70 years!” by John Tefteller
“Ma Rainey and Her Jazz Hounds – 1917/1922/1931” by Jim Prohaska
“Try Me One More Time – Marshall Owens Spiced with a Bit of Curry” by Alex van der Tuuk
“Bayless?  Bailey? – A Rose By Another Name” by Christopher C. King
“Gennett’s Mystery Label: The Superior 300 Series” by Tom Tsotsi
“The Rarest 78s (W thru Z)”
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