Two Country Music Photograph Albums]

Music]: [Honky-Tonk]. ROGERS, Gill

Published by [ca. 1970], Poughkeepsie, NY, 1970
Condition: Near fine Hardcover
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Two albums, each oblong 4to. Measuring approximately 10.25" x 7" with 155 color photographs, loosely mounted rectos only in corners. Album 1: Green faux-leather covers, gilt title decoration to front, sting bound, 59 black paper leaves, each with two photographs recto mounted, 118 prints total; well preserved, near fine. Album 2: Ivory faux-leather covers, gilt title decoration to front 20 black paper leaves, 19 with recto mounted photographs, most two to a page, final leaf blank; crease through center of front cover, otherwise clean, contents near fine. A fantastic pair of albums capturing 1970 Poughkeepsie, NY area regional country music acts, venues and patrons. Prints almost entirely uniform in size, measuring approximately 3.5" square, many date stamped outside the image area. The first album shows spots in and around Poughkeepsie, primarily the Brand X Corral bar on Rt. 94 in Vails Gate, NY. Acts include Gil Rogers (whose albums we suspect these were based on internal evidence), The Country Cousins, and Country Skyline. The second album follows Rogers down to West Virginia for his performance during the 1970 Eastern States Country Music Convention on the famed WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling’s Capitol Theater. Rogers recorded a handful of honky-tonk singles in the early 1970’s on the Stop label and enjoyed regional success as a performer for decades. These amateur images show the elaborate stage dress, music gear and social settings of Woodstock-era country music. That famed festival was held less than a year earlier and some 35 miles from where most of the images shown here were snapped, though one could be forgiven for guessing they were taken years and miles apart. An album that demonstrates how this blue collar form adhered to traditions and fans throughout the cultural sea changes of the late 1960s and early 70s, and a colorful portrait of a working regional musician. Bookseller Inventory # 14433

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Title: Two Country Music Photograph Albums]

Publisher: [ca. 1970], Poughkeepsie, NY

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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