COMPLETE RUN OF THE FIRST MUSICOLOGICAL JOURNAL ON BLACK MUSIC
SOUTHERN, Eileen Jackson, editor. The Black Perspective in Music [complete run]. Cambria Heights, New York: The Foundation for Research in the Afro-American Creative Arts, 1973-90. Thirty-nine issues. Slim octavo, original orange and white paper wrappers. $3200.
First edition of the complete run of the first musicological journal dedicated to the study of black music, 39 issues in original wrappers.
Edited by Eileen Jackson Southern—an African-American pianist and musicologist as well as the first African-American to earn a PhD in musicology in the United States—The Black Perspective in Music was a journal dedicated to a musicological examination of Black music. While it was created with the goal of recording the contemporary history of African-American and African music, Southern also had a secondary goal of improving the circumstances and reputation of Black performers and scholars. While known for the quality and accuracy of its scholarship, BPIM suffered from a fairly low circulation rate. In its beginning years, it had only a few hundred subscribers and failed to reach 1000 subscribers until its tenth year. The complete run includes Vol. 1, Nos. 1-2; Vol. 2, Nos. 1-2; Vol. 3, Nos. 1-3; Vol. 4, Nos. 1-3; Vol. 5, Nos. 1-2; Vol. 6, Nos. 1-2; Vol. 7, Nos. 1-2; Vol. 8, Nos. 1-2; Vol. 9, Nos 1-2; Vol. 10, Nos. 1-2; Special Issue (index); Vol. 11, Nos. 1-2; Vol. 12, Nos. 1-2; Vol. 13, Nos. 1-2; Vol. 14, Nos. 1-3; Vol. 15, Nos. 1-2; Vol. 16, Nos. 1-2; Vol. 17, Nos. 1-2; Vol. 18, Nos. 1-2; Special Issue (index). Complete runs in original wrappers are rare, as the majority were bound up for institutional use during the years it was in active publication.
Very nearly fine to fine condition.