A complete run of 62 issues in 61 fasciscules of the early British folk music revival magazine, under the primary editorial direction of Beryl Davis, wife of Spinners lead singer Tony Davis, with the first few issues also edited by Dennis Smithson, Val Evans, Tony Davis, John Fargher, and Jim Peden, the issues containing brief articles on musicians, reviews, articles on folk music throughout Great Britain, a series about ballads, a series of articles about ships and sea shanties, and sheet music and lyrics for folk songs, ditties, and shanties. Illustrated throughout from photographs, drawings, and cartoons. 8vo. and 4to. Most issues original stapled wrpps. on colored paper stock or with colorful header, eight of the issues mimeographed or photo offset copies, including the first six issues. Some scattered toning and foxing, some edgewear, two of the early issues with losses along spine, all pages present. Wallasey, Cheshire, England, 1961-1973.
The premier issue of Spin includes a note from the editors which reads "The last few years have seen a growing interest in folk music, an interest indicated by new clubs, records and magazines. 'Spin' hopes to join with 'Sing', 'Folk Bag' and 'English Folk Song and Dance' in catering for a new public eager for songs to sing and information about songs and singers." The magazine was published under the auspices of the Liverpool Spinners, the British folk group comprised of Tony Davis, Mick Groves, Cliff Hall, and Hugh Jones, and the Spinners Club.
When the first issues of Spin were released, they were printed in a run of only 300 copies. By the time the seventh issue came out, popularity had increased and 1000 photo offset copies were printed. By 1965, the magazine had 5,000 readers.
Many of the issues featured portraits of musicians on the covers. Some of the artists featured include The Spinners, Pete Seeger, Martha & Huddie Ledbetter, Woody Guthrie, Steve Benbow, Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger, Shirley Collins, Johnny Handle, Bob Dylan, Alex Campbell, Bob Davenport, The Dubliners, Shirley Hart & Colin Wilkie, Noel Murphy, The Young Tradition, The Lonesome Travellers, Isla St. Clair, and many others. A few other issues featured sheet music or lyrics for folk songs or cartoons.
A very scarce complete run of an early and iconic British folk revival magazine; as of October 2021, OCLC locates 7 institutional holdings in North America, all of which are incomplete.
Book ID: 51664