Shabby Sunday

Shabby Sunday: The New Penguin Dictionary of Music – 1977

Shabby Sunday is a meme created by Mischenko at Read Rant Rock & Roll. The idea is to share our old/vintage books. I honestly don’t have much by way of books that qualify for this but when I was checking my bookshelves out I found this one and knew it was one to share. I will check out books I have in storage at my Mum’s as well when I can in case any of them qualify but that will require making my brother climb in the attic so I will need to catch him in a happy mood!

This book is probably one of the few things I would save in a fire. It’s also falling apart at the seams, and riddled with mould spores thanks to the house I used to live in being a mould death trap. My Great-Grandad who I adored gave it to me when I was 11 and moved up to secondary school. That was about the time it became clear I was going to take studying music seriously. This had belonged to him, he didn’t play any instruments as far as I know, but he absolutely loved music and we used to listen to music together quite often. He bought me my first clarinet and gave me this book, which went with me everywhere and helped me immensely with my music theory study.

This is the fourth edition and was published in 1977, this is a book which has been well used and is well loved. I can’t look at it without remembering my Great-Grandad and how supportive he was of my studies.

Quite coincidentally, when I was at the fantasy faction event at Waterstones in Bath a few weeks ago, I glanced up at one of the shelves and saw the most recent edition on the shelf and was so pleased they are still publishing it. Details for buying the latest version are below.

Book & Buy Links

TitleThe New Penguin Dictionary of Music
Series: N/A
AuthorPaul Griffiths
Genre: Non-Fiction | Music | Composition
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 3 August 2006
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 912
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | SpeedyHen | Wordery

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19 thoughts on “Shabby Sunday: The New Penguin Dictionary of Music – 1977”

  1. Claire, I just loved reading this. What an awesome share! This sounds like a wonderful book for music lovers and how special that your great-grandad gave this to you. I’m definitely interested in it.

    Thanks so much for doing the meme and for sharing such a special book. 💕

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