New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980. First Edition. Original pictorial dust jacket of club owner, Max Gordon, surrounded by jazz musicians. Half-cloth, wheat-colored paper boards, copper titles on black spine. A closed tear to bottom of front panel of dust jacket, not affecting type, minimal creasing and light wear to jacket edges. Slight bowing of front board but book tight and clean. All added up, a great copy. Very Good. Item #3
"He fills the room, stupid!" - Max Gordon
Max Gordon knew all the cool cats. He saw them, witnessed them play and signed their paychecks. He listened to their stories, listened to their complaints, watched the crowds as they, in turn, listened to those cool cats. Gordon made a living anticipating the trends in music and culture. He was the gracious and scrappy owner of the Village Vanguard in New York's Greenwich Village for 50 years. The "them" mentioned earlier would be the likes of John Coltrane, Count Basie, Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Lenny Bruce, Charles Mingus. (Need I go on?) You will not want this book to end. Have a record playing in the background and the lights down low.