• Italian Mandolin Heroes in America

    Italian Mandolin Heroes in America

    Boyes Hot Springs, Calif. — Zighi Baci Publishing has announced the publication of Italian Mandolin Heroes in America, by Sheri Mignano Crawford, an epic 230 page, ultra high quality print project that reveals never-seen-before photographs and detailed information of Italian dance music publishers — all were mandolinists and multi-instrumentalists.

    Follow the evolution of the ballo liscio dance music where it originated in Philadelphia with G. De Stefano, traveled to Brooklyn and Manhattan, Providence, RI and Steubenville, OH and its final destination in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    It is a story about how Italian mandolin music publishers linked to the Italian accordion publishers and created a unified common repertoire.

    International Orders

    At this time we cannot accept international orders until we are able to implement an online ordering system that calculates shipping. As many of you are aware, shipping internationally can often be prohibitively expensive.

    About the book, author Crawford told us, "This book represents the culmination of a lifetime of playing the Italian dance music I love. Finally, after decades of knowing next to nothing about the musicians, composers and music publishers, we can see their faces and understand their hardships, their joys and passions. These biographical narratives reveal their immigrant stories and their commitment to bringing the village dance music to America."

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    Comments 11 Comments
    1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
      Mandolin Cafe -
      We hesitate to use the word "epic" for a new publication, but make exception for this one. If you are going to own one single publication on Italian mandolin history, make it this one. Stunning collection of visual and written historical information. Duly impressed by Sheri's work and then some.
    1. brunello97's Avatar
      brunello97 -
      I got my copy on Monday. Hard to put down.

      Essential reading for any lover of the instrument.

      Mick
    1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
      Mandolin Cafe -
      It was kind of like a bombshell receiving this. I had no idea it might be this good. I think it's an essential own for mandolin enthusiasts.
    1. DavidKOS's Avatar
      DavidKOS -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Cafe View Post
      It was kind of like a bombshell receiving this. I had no idea it might be this good. I think it's an essential own for mandolin enthusiasts.
      It sure is, along with "Mandolins like Salami".
    1. Mandophile's Avatar
      Mandophile -
      a thank you to the wonderful mandolinists whom I've met via MandolinCafe and who are playing the dance music. Now you have a chance to meet these talented composers and 'see' them in the virtual world of my new book.
    1. Mandophile's Avatar
      Mandophile -
      A complete description of my book is in the classified section but I'd like to state that it is perfect bound, heavy softcover, 80% satin paper (glossy with high def photos). It contains an appendix with 140 Italian musicians and their association with specific mandolin music publishers, and a demographics map of their villages. Endnotes assist readers to pursue archives and the sources I used for citations. Is this a scholarly approach? You bet it is! These are NOT wikipedia bios but intimate, in-depth profiles.
    1. mandopops's Avatar
      mandopops -
      I got mine today. The Mail & other services have been delayed due to the Arctic weather here in Chicago, Chiberia we’ve been calling it. Today is a balmimg 20 degrees.
      So tonight, I’ll be curling up with the Mandolin tome. Thanx, Sheri.
      Joe B
    1. Mandophile's Avatar
      Mandophile -
      To my European friends: free mailing is ONLY for books mailed within the United States. I looked into mailing the book to Europe. It costs $40 (shipping and handling costs). It is very expensive to mail to Europe (& UK). For right now, please only use PayPal if you reside with the lower 48 states. (Hawaii and Alaska may be more). I guess I should have thought of all this beforehand. Thanks everyone. I'm sorry for any confusion.
    1. brunello97's Avatar
      brunello97 -
      This book, along with Sheri's compendium of the actual music from these publishers which she has posted here at the MC, must certainly be one of the most splendid resources ever provided to mandolin players. Un tesoro di musica diretto dalla fonte.
      That Sheri has published this book herself only reinforces her connection to this culture of music and how deep and timelessly it is embedded in our souls.
      Bluegrass players take note: This is not just for us bowlback-heads. There are an amazing array of melodies here for the mandolin. And the stories in MHIA are as compelling as it is reading about Monroe and Louvin (whose stories are equally as essential for any mandolin player...)
      Dig it.
      Mick
    1. Musicapralis704's Avatar
      Musicapralis704 -
      What a joy to see and even better to read! Really hard to put down once you start reading. A must read for all mandolinists ethnomusicolgists, and Italophiles alike! Learn about the musicians, composers, and publishers who played and created these beautiful ballo liscio rythyms-the mazurkas, polka, marches, quadriglias and other dances in the Little Italies of Philly, NYC, and elsewhere. A veritable trip back in time. For those who have actually played, or still play this music, or may be in process of learning about it---this book is indispensable ! Play or listen to a mazurka, have a glass of wine, in between chapters. Read it with your eyes, hear it with your ears, and absorb it with your heart !
      "In Musica Veritas" !

      Bravissima Sheri !
      Abbracci- Normanno Giorno-Calapristi
    1. johncexton's Avatar
      johncexton -
      Sheri has created a piece of history here. This book is amazing and a wealth of information.
      She is the Mandolin archivist of our time. and keeper of the flame. Brilliant.
      -JOHNNY MANDOLIN
      www.johnnymandolin.com