New York: M. Witmark & Sons, (1936). First English Language Edition. 8vo., blue cloth with lettering in gilt on the spine and front cover, pp. 363, appendix: list of hot records, index. -- A tight clean copy with a little wear to the tips of the spine. -- Overall Condition. --. Very good. Item #10668
"Hugues Panassié 1912-1974 was a French critic, record producer, and impresario of traditional jazz. Panassié was born in Paris. When he was fourteen, he was stricken with polio, which limited his extracurricular physical activities. He took up the saxophone and fell in love with jazz in the late 1920s. Panassié was the founding president of the Hot Club de France in 1932. He produced recording sessions in New York featuring Mezz Mezzrow and Tommy Ladnier from November 1938 to January 1939. -- In a changing world of jazz, Panassié was an ardent exponent of traditional jazz — strictly Dixieland. He harbored a particular love of style similar to that of Louis Armstrong from the 1930s. Panassié criticized West Coast jazz as inauthentic, partly because most musicians were white and also sounded white. In his book, The Real Jazz, Panassié ranked Benny Goodman as a detestable clarinetist whose sterile intonation was inferior to black players Jimmy Noone and Omer Simeon. Mezz Mezzrow became Panassié's lone example of a white musician who played jazz authentically".-wikipedia.