Sam Rivers Sessionography—PreSale

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Pre-Sale/Donation page for The Sam Rivers Sessionography.

The updated story:
Okay folks, now that you've made the $1,500 Orlando RivBea trip a reality, I'm turning this into a pre-sale page for the book. The William Parker tome cost $6,000 to print, so I've raised the ante by that amount, and any funds raised here will go toward publication costs.

Donate a minimum of $35.00 and you get a postpaid-in-the-USA copy of "The Sam Rivers Sessionography" (the Parker book retail was $50.00+shipping)... Overseas supporters: Talk to me, and I'll figure a way to knock off $15.00 from the price of the book.

I also welcome any of my friends and supporters, even if you're not looking to cop a copy of the actual item, to donate any amount you like in order to shore me up through this horrifying ordeal. Ha.

I'm just guessing here, but I imagine publishing some time in early 2020. I'll have a more predictable timeline after the July discovery of the contents of the RivBea Archive, which you'll all be witness to as Ed & I post updates with photos and exclamations.
All right, back to work.
xoxoxo—Rick Lopez

Original STORY:
Hello all! I'm looking for help with the research trip(s) I'll be making to Orlando in mid-July (and beyond). I'm heading down there with jazz journalist Ed Hazell, and we'll be spending seven full days at the RivBea Archive in preparation for the coming book version of my Sam Rivers Sessionography. Sam's daughter Monique has 40 bins full of material—Studio RivBea schedules, photographs, correspondence, tour lists, memorabilia, scores, and who knows what else— and we'll be going through it with our laptops, scanners, and hard-drives so we can carry it home and build a book worthy of Sam's legacy. If we have time and actually get through all of that, there are additional resources that will be available to us in RivBea Manager Matt Gorney's and RivBea Orchestra's Doug Mathews' archives.

I currently drive a 20-hr. week on my Montessori school bus and I'm unemployed in the Summer, living on a fixed-income early retirement SS benefit, and so while my monthly living expenses are met, I do need to raise some extra funds so I can afford to make this and any future trips. If successful beyond my stated goal, I'll be able to think about possible further excursions to Boston for the Globe Archive, or Joe Daley's house for Tuba Trio era materials, etc...

Any amount is greatly appreciated, but a donation of $25.00 or more buys you a copy of the book upon publication (2020?). I need to cover nine days worth of food + coffee, a flight + hotel room, and a Multi-Terrabyte Hard Drive to store all of this information.

In the meantime, in order to give you an idea of the work I'm doing (in addition to the 1st-run mass reformat+edit that's now done up to 1988), these are the things I've actually been adding and refining since the year began and I came down with the Sam Rivers Fever :::

Thank you SO MUCH for your time and consideration on this. I couldn't possibly do what I've been doing without the help of the hundreds of people around the world who send me session info and gig dates and details and anecdotes.

Here are a few phone messages to me from Sam, and then "Beatrice" to take us OUT.

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So I'm not very "good" at updates here on GoFundMe... I do however post regularly on my Facebook page :
( https://www.facebook.com/rick.lopez.98837)
and on the Sam Rivers Sessionography FB page:
( https://www.facebook.com/SRnextup/)
Lots of tasty photos and update lists!
Is this okay???
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For your eyes only, my dear donors. This is the first time I've been able to put a date to any of the Rivers' sessions with Billie Holiday. "The fall of 1956..."
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Oooooof... 8:00pm, been on the Sessionography since five this morning. You folks understand this is a two-year project, right? It's going to be all winter just to get through all of the RivBea Archive stuff. Plus I need to detail all of the unissued recordings, transcribe all the interviews, hit the local university library several times to do searches in all of the digital archives on my list, deal with the stack of books on the loft scene and the Boston era, deal with all of the obscurities hiding in the Blue Note Discography, log all of the hundreds of sound board recordings from the Orlando era, hit the Smithsonian, hit the Joe Daley archive, hit the Creative Music Studio archive, and stop once in a while to eat and pee and drink more coffee. (MORE COFFEE...)
I'm creating a monster.
So there were stacks and stacks of Studio RivBea schedules. AND, there were several of the original paste-ups, and if you peeled those little gig squares off (they were not well-adhered) there were others underneath. they'd been recycling them to keep using the borders and main copy. Pretty cool.
More soon!
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These two photos show about 75% of the Sam Rivers Archive...
The bins full of scores = about 36 cubic feet, and weigh around 800 pounds. The bins full of paper (RivBea and festival schedules, newspaper clippings, features, photos, notes, etc.) come in at about 20 cubic feet and 400 pounds.
This does not include the boxes of magnetic tapes, cassettes, DVDs, and CD-Rs, or the many miscellaneous items still on the shelves in the office area.
They'll be shopping this around soon to see who wants to take care of and store it all. Maybe the Smithsonian, maybe Wesleyan, or Columbia U., or Rutgers, or...
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