Barbara Brabec, widow of Harry J. Brabec The book collection of
Legendary Chicago Symphony percussionist,
Harry Brabec

WELCOME BOOK LOVERS!

On this website, you will find an illustrated catalog of selected books and CDs related to Harry's music interests, all with direct links to Amazon. But these items are just part of the Brabec Book/CD Collection now on the Amazon Marketplace. See below for a complete list of topic categories. ~ BARBARA

 Selected books from the private
collection of Harry Brabec, legendary Chicago Symphony
percussionist, now for sale on Amazon's Marketplace. Harry
is featured in Barbara Brabec's memoir,
THE DRUMMER DRIVES, EVERYBODY ELSE RIDES.

In a letter to a music buddy in 1999, Harry wrote: "Iím an avid reader, and I just keep buying books and never find the time to read all of them. I swear I will get to the book you sent me next week. All my reading material is stacked nice and neat, but it's beginning to close in on me. Barb is suggesting that we put a sign on our front lawn telling people that this is the Brabec and Brabec bookstore. The house seems to be bursting at the seams with books and magazines we haven't read yet."

Harry's mistress was indeed music, but he also had a lifelong love affair with books, and he collected some of the finest and now most sought-after books in all of the musical and entertainment categories. He also had a passionate interest in the circus and circus music, as well as art and history (particularly the Civil War and World War II). I am now offering his collection for sale on Amazon. On one hand, I can just hear him saying, "What! You're selling my books?" But on the other . . . [MORE]

The following items from Harry's collection are now for sale on Amazon and illustrated on this website with links to Amazon:

JAZZ & BIG BAND BOOKS

RARE PERCUSSION & DRUM BOOKS

AMERICAN BANDS, BAND MUSIC, JOHN PHILIP SOUSA

CDs FROM HARRY'S COLLECTION on Amazon

The following topic categories are also available on Amazon, but not illustrated on this website. To find them, just pull up my Amazon Marketplace catalog and scroll through it. Books and CDs are usually (but not always) entered in clumps by subject matter. (The catalog also includes some rare VHS tapes.)

OPERA & SYMPHONY
HOLLYWOOD & SHOW BUSINESS ENTERTAINERS
CIRCUS, CARNIVAL, & CAROUSEL BOOKS
BIOGRAPHIES & AUTOBIOGRAPHIES
ART * LITERATURE * CLASSICS * SPIES
ENGLISH * WORD ORIGINS
NOSTALGIA * RADIO * MEMOIRS
CIVIL WAR * CUSTER
WORLD WAR II * HISTORY
SHIPS AND THE SEA
NOVELTY & MISCELLANEOUS
BOOKS ABOUT CZECHOSLOVAKIA
 

 

Barbara Brabec's memoir about her life with

 

Harry Brabec was a legendary symphonic musician and show drummer greatly admired by his peers. In 2010, Barbara published The Drummer Drives! Everybody Else Rides, a memoir about her life with Harry. During his lifelong musical career, he worked with countless entertainers, bands and orchestras, including the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera, Ballet, the Shubert Theatre in Chicago, the NBC Symphony of Chicago and, in his earlier years, the jazz bands of Wayne King and Chuck Foster.

ON THIS WEBSITE:

Jazz & Big Band Books

Percussion & Drum Books

Bands, Band Music, Sousa Books

Harry's CD COLLECTION

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