(#163404) THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT. Music, Jean Thomas, Jeanette Bell Thomas.

THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT. New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1940. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-xvi [1-2] 3-275 [276: blank], inserted frontispiece (photographic portrait of the author), cloth. First edition. The second of Thomas's semi-autobiographical books, preceded by THE TRAIPSIN WOMAN (1933). "Jean Bell Thomas (1882-1982) was an American folk festival promoter, author and photographer who specialized in the music, crafts, and language patterns of the Appalachian region of the United States ... During her years working in eastern Kentucky, and on subsequent visits, Thomas often carried her camera and photographed the musicians and other mountain people with whom she came in contact. She used her portable typewriter to document lyrics and tunes to ballads ... Thomas subscribed to the belief, also held by many of her contemporaries, that in Appalachia, 'the speech, song, and traditions of old England still survived' (Thomas 1940, p. 88) ... Inspired by a traditional mountain 'Singin' Gatherin' (wherein musicians got together to perform old songs) she had witnessed, Jean Thomas staged a small folk festival for a group of invited guests at her home in September 1930 ... Thomas incorporated the American Folk Song Society the following year to plan for an annual festival near her hometown of Ashland, Kentucky ..." (Wikipedia). A fine copy in very good dust jacket with light wear along top and bottom edges. A nice copy. (#163404).

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