Published by Beat Publications, London, 1964
Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. First edition, unpaginated, with colour illustrations. Original white paper-covered boards, printed in black with photograph and facsimile signature of Charlie Watts to the rear board. Binding very good with very little handling wear and a little rubbing to extremities and spine top and bottom. Contents clean and tight, unmarked with no foxing, no inscriptions. A very good tight and esceptionally clean copy of the original, extremely scarce first edition. Size: 12mo. book.
Published by London: Beat Publications Ltd, , 1965
Scarce first edition, first impression, of the Rolling Stones' drummer's lightly humorous but entirely sincere tribute, in the style of a children's book, to his great hero Charlie Parker, "who made me what I am". Published on the tenth anniversary of Bird's death, it was originally conceived as a class project while Watts was a design student. With typical humility he describes the book as "compiled by one charlie [sic] to a late and great Charlie". Small octavo. Original white boards, black lettering to covers, portrait of the author on rear cover. Illustrations in colour throughout by the author. Superficial splits to rear joint but sound, covers soiled, couple of faint ring marks to rear cover, contents slightly foxed. A very good copy.
Published by London: Beat Publications, 1964, 1964
[Illustrated] FIRST EDITION. Original white paper-covered boards, printed in black. Duodecimo, (19 x 13cm) pp.. With colour illustrations. Shows some handling and bumping to corners, top of spine pulled, minor abrasion to foot of front panel. Very good. A decent copy of a particularly elusive book (not to be confused with the 1991 facsimile which was issued in a CD boxset, identical to this first edition but bound with modern paper and the imprint amended from 'Beat' to 'UFO'). Written at the time his beat group first conquered America, this is the late great Rolling Stones' drummer and Jazz aficionado Charlie Watts' charming tribute to his hero, the saxophonist Charlie 'Yardbird' Parker, which takes the form of an illustrated poem.