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Offline Bunker Hill

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One Man Band Book
« on: March 07, 2012, 09:31:44 PM »
This has been brought to my attention

http://onemanbandbook.blogspot.com/

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Re: One Man Band Book
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2012, 02:24:23 AM »
I seem to remember this topic turned up a year or two ago - more than likely here on the Weenie. I tipped Dave Harris off about Ray Stubbs, but he was already aware of him.
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Re: One Man Band Book
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2012, 05:10:25 AM »
I seem to remember this topic turned up a year or two ago - more than likely here on the Weenie.
Me too but was unable to find it on a search and a repeat attempt now failed. I'm obviously missing something with my search parameters! :(

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Re: One Man Band Book
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2012, 07:11:34 AM »
I tagged his one man band posts, if you look for the "one man bands" tag, you'll find them.

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Re: One Man Band Book
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2012, 08:13:50 AM »
Thanks, I've now accordingly tagged this topic.

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Re: One Man Band Book
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2012, 08:19:09 AM »
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I've now accordingly tagged this topic.

I wish I'd thought of that!     :o

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Re: One Man Band Book
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2012, 01:12:31 PM »
Thanks for posting this Bunker Hill!

Yes, the book is finally out. I want to thank those here who helped with new names or info.

The book is a full size (8 1/2 x 11 inch pages), hard cover, full color, quality paper book. 416 pages covering over 900 OMBs from the earliest references I could find right up to early this year. While largely blues oriented, it does cover all styles of music as played by manual OMBs, hence the Ray Stubbs inspired title - Head, Hands & Feet - A Book of One Man Bands. Over 1000 photos/images are included, including many unpublished.

A full chapter is devoted to Jesse Fuller, enriched by a fabulous collection of photos, courtesy of Mary Katherine Aldin. Many contributed reminiscences of Fuller including: Jesse Cahn, Blackie Farrell, Robert "One Man" Johnson and Ian Bennetts. Other key blues artists covered include: Daddy Stovepipe, Joe Hill Louis, Dr Ross, Drifting Slim, Juke Boy Bonner, Jessie Mae Hemphill (including a piece by David Evans), Papa Lightfoot, J.D Short, Wilbert Harrison, Blind Joe Hill, Duster Bennett, Ray Stubbs, Philippe Menard, Richard Johnston and many more.

I believe this book fills a niche so far unfilled in the literary world. My hope is that it will end up in libraries and other writers hands as a part of their musical reference library. But I also believe even the casual fan can enjoy it (I've had several people comment that the photos are outstanding).

It's only been out for a few weeks so I don't have any substantial reviews yet but I'll post some as I have them. Mary Katherine Aldin wrote this on the mudcat forum -

"I sent a copy to Jesse Fuller's daughter, Alice, who said it was the best article about her father's life and work that she had ever seen. And she immediately asked me for Dave's email address so she could write and thank him!
 It's a tremendous work, beautifully produced. Yes, Becky, your coffee table will be very happy with this on it; the publisher did a wonderful job with the graphics and design. Congratulations, Dave, I know it was a labor of love, and the results are well worth the struggle."

Alice sent me a wonderful email thanking me. It was very heart warming for me.


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Re: One Man Band Book
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2012, 08:48:45 PM »
Cool! Looking forward to seeing it.

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OMB's
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2012, 02:00:13 PM »
Big call out to all that are either performing as a OMB, or are fans of the form. Dave Harris from Canada has produced the first book totally devoted to OMB's. www.myspace.com/daveharrisonemanband

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Re: One Man Band Book
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2012, 02:21:09 AM »
Not being one who parts with his money willingly I took an expensive, sight unseen, risk on the grounds that I couldn?t see anybody else tackling the subject in my lifetime. This has just arrived after a six week journey from Victoria, BC, Canada. No expense has been spared in the choice of packaging which has ensured no damage whatsoever to the edges or spine whilst bumping around in a container in the hold of a ship.

Firstly the artefact. Hardback, full colour cover, laminated boards, well bound (head-banded spine top and bottom) and gloss art paper which really does the numerous colour/black &white photos/illustrations proud. Here follows the first 19 chapters from the table of contents, as a taster:

   1. Overview    6
   2. Glossary    12
   3. Early History (mostly USA)   Pipe & labor/Early Europeans    16
   Early Americans    18
   Harp Rack & Players   including Gwin Foster & Frank Floyd    19
   Innovation   incl. London Fiddle & Bells, Fate Norris & Albert Nelson    21
   Daddy Stovepipe, other blues & country    25
   4. Jesse Fuller    32
   5. Early Blues: Memphis Area   incl. Joe Hill Louis, Dr. Ross & Drifting Slim       52
   6. Other Blues:'50s1'60s   incl. Juke Boy Bonner, Blind Joe Hill
           & Wilbert Harrison    72
    Early Washboard players   including Washboard Willie    86
   7. Outsider   including Hasil Adkins & Abner Jay    88
   8. Early Country: North America  incl. Joe Barrick, Boyd Skuldt & Greeley Robertson    98
   9. Early UK   including Don Partridge, Chucklefoot & Vie Ellis    106
   10. Folk, Blues & Beyond: USA/Canada/UK '70s   including Robert "One Man"
   Johnson, Ray Stubbs, Mike Whellans, Elmore Nixon & Winko Ljizz    126
   11. Early Northern Europe    140
   French   including Albert Bergerault & Remy Bricka    140
   Feel Free   Norway and related, incl. Des Bader & Lawrence Glaister    142
   Germany   including Slippery Mike, Buskin' Chris & Alan Moorhouse    147
   12. World Travelers   including Jimmy Jimmy & Gee Gee Kettel    158
   13. UK Part 2 including Buddy OMB & Bang On Boogie Band    176
   British Blues   including Eddie Martin    189
   14. Italians   (by Mark Di Guiseppe) including Otto & Bamelli, The Straniero,
   AMI BUS, Michele Roscica & Giorgio OMB    192
   15. USA Blues'80s/'90s   including Jessie Mae Hemphill (article by David Evans),
   Richard Johnston, Ben Prestage and Satan & Adam    202
   16. More Blues USA   incl. W.C. Spencer, Adolphus Bell & Homer Henderson       220
   Songs Inside the Box OMBs   cigar box guitar players    232
   17. USA Bent Blues & Rock incl. Bob Log Ill, Scott H. Biram & John Lowe       240
   More Rock Oriented   incl. Molly Gene & Becky Lee & Drunkfoot    251
   18. European Blues & Others (incl. articles by NikolajAndersen) Nikolaj Andersen,
   Benjamin Tehoval, Philippe Menard, Paolo Sgallini & Dr. Albert Flipout's One
   Can Band    260
   Other Newer European OMBs   incl. PitPete, George vd Muziek, Mr. Orkester,
   Ivan Holinka & Cigo Man Band    276
   19. Other USA OMBs  Gospel   incl. Flora Molton & Gypsy AZAL Cams       286
   More Recent Country  including Royer's OMB & Bo Baseman    287
   Peripheral Old Time & Country  incl. David Holt & Hal Walker    291
   Children's Entertainer  incl. Professor Paddywhack & Mahsa Matin    293
   Piano OMBs   including Patrick Hazell & The Professor    294
   Off the Beaten Path   incl. Leonard Solomon & Lonesome Organist    297


I really don?t know how to describe the layout and design of the interior ? every page of text has a border festooned with illustrations pertinent to the subject(s) under discussion. Ideally what is needed is for Dave to post on his blog a sample page or two.

For the "litmus test" I singled out some of my favourite OMBs ? Jesse Fuller, Dr. Ross, Joe Hill Louis, Duster Bennett and Don Partridge ? and all seem to have been thoroughly researched and well illustrated, many new to me. I?ll be the first to admit that I?ve never heard of three quarters of those listed in this massive work.  I?m astonished that there are in excess of 40 OMBs currently plying their trade in the UK ? and have been doing so for a mighty long time.

This book may have set me back a significant amount of money but I think that such a brave enterprise as this deserves support.

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Re: One Man Band Book
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2012, 01:32:25 PM »

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