New York: American Federation of Musicians, A.F.L., [mid-1950s]. First Edition. Pamphlet. 4to. 11"x8.5". Staple-bound wraps. 240 illustrations (political cartoons). 62 unnumbered pp.
Minor shelf wear and scuffing to corners and edges.
This is a pamphlet produced for members of the American Federation of Musicians union honoring their controversial boss, James C. Petrillo, with reproductions of political cartoons criticizing and poking fun at him. The titular "eventful decade" refers to Petrillo's 1942-44 and 1948 musician strikes, which banned American musicians from making any commercial recordings, to this day the longest strike in entertainment history. The strike's impact was tremendous, contributing to the decline of big band music, the rise of independent record labels, and, sadly, the dearth of recordings from the early days of jazz. Petrillo remained an antagonistic figure throughout his career, concluding with his ouster as union boss in 1958 (shortly after publication of this pamphlet) for his refusal to allow the white AFM to merge with the black Local 208 musicians union. Near fine. Item #955