New York: William Morrow and Company, 1963. First printing. Hardcover. Octavo. xii, 244 pages. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Boards have very shallow extremity bumps. Jacket has a 1" x 1.2" chip at top edge of front panel, but no loss of text. Otherwise there is general minor wear, with rubs to jacket edges. A clean and sound copy.
This penetrating study was the first book on jazz by an African American writer, and Jones came to some new and provocative conclusions which are bolstered by both history and sociology.
This is the toughest of Baraka's early books to find in first edition. LeRoi Jones changed his name to Amiri Baraka when Malcom X was assassinated in 1965.