United States Military Drums 1945-1865, A Pictorial Survey, by G. Craig Caba.
Civil War Antiquities (1977 PB).
This extremely rare and autographed book was sold in February 2009 for $295.
I've removed the link because Harry's copy was apparently the only copy
available anywhere on the Web. I'm leaving the listing here for
historical purposes, as the book may still be found in some libraries. Only a
thousand softcover copies were published in 5-1/4 x 8-1/4-inch format. Text
featured pictures of military drums throughout six chapters, with chapter 7
being a "Manual for Drumming” that included several pages of drum
music. A directory of drum makers and dealers rounded out this unique book.
Percussion Instruments and Their History, by James Blades. Bold Strummer
(1992 Revised 2nd edition)
published in the UK in 1971, this book by a celebrated British
percussionist quickly became one of the
standard works on percussion instruments. Historians and musicologists
loved its lavish photographs and drawings. Harry's beautiful copy of this book sold for $175, but
new and used copies of other editions are still available on Amazon. (See
the other Blades book in Harry's Collection, below.)
Drum: A Royal Tournament Tribute to the Military Drum, by Hugh
Barty-King Royal Tournament (1988 PB).
This book tells the story of the part played by drummer boys and drum
majors, side drums, and kettledrums in the British Army. Text pages are
bright, printed on a glossy stock that shows off the book's many
photographs, several of which are in color. A book any drummer would
THE TRUMPET AND DRUM, by Sousa--A Book of Instruction for the Field-Trumpet
and Drum Signals Now in Use in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.
was the bandmaster for the U.S. Marine Corps when this book was first
published in 1886. This sweet little 1961 reprint of Sousa's book is a true collector's item,
and it appears to be the ONLY like-new copy anywhere on the Web. This very rare reprint was published by W. F. L.
Drum Company in 1961, five years before the company was bought out by
Ludwig. The cover, which may appear tattered, is actually designed to replicate
the appearance of the 1886 edition in Ludwig's collection. Measuring 4-1/2 x 5-1/2
in.. with 23 bright pages, it is remains in like-new condition.
Roll—A Professional Adventure from the Circus to the
Concert Hall, by James Blades. Faber and Faber (1977)
This very rare book, originally published in the UK by Faber & Faber, is
the First Quality Book Club Edition printed and bound in England in
1978. A center section features 36 photos on glossy page stock;
fronticepiece has an original drawing of the author. In this memoir,
Blades tells his fascinating life tale, from his adventures as a circus and dance
band drummer, and his experiences in film studios (it was he who made the
actual sound of the Rank Organization's gong), to his career on the
concert stage. Blades hoped to
live to 100 so he could experience the music of A.D. 2000, but he died in 1999
at the age of 97.
Edward B. Straight’s American Drummer, Enlarged Tenth Edition. 124 pages.
3-1/2 x 9-1/2 in. Paper wrapper.
This extremely rare Franks Drum Shop Edition was probably purchased by Harry sometime in the early
sixties. He was a friend of owner Maurie Lishon, who died in 1997. The only
copy on the Web, this little book sold to an appreciative buyer for $55, and the
listing is retained here for historical purposes simply because of this book's rarity. Like every other Chicago percussionist of that era, Harry spent
many happy hours at Franks Drum Shop,
which is featured in Barbara's book, The Drummer Drives! Everybody Else
LEFT: Harry, whose sense of humor was as
legendary as his musical talent, hams it up during the break at a Milwaukee
Symphony Orchestra rehearsal.
Harry's unusual musical career has been documented in
THE DRUMMER DRIVES, EVERYBODY ELSE RIDES--The Musical Life and
Times of Harry Brabec, Legendary Chicago Symphony Percussionist and Humorist.