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The long-awaited reissue of the classic children's book ...
With a New Foreword
by Pete Seeger
"As an adolescent, I sang along with Three Dog Night, never really thinking about the words of the song. Until now. Black and White, like many little books, is enormous." - Ann Hood, bestselling author of The Knitting Circle and other books
"A simple, lovely, powerful book." - Tom Chapin, singer/songwriter
Lyricist, graphic artist and teacher David Arkin (1906-1980) created the book Black and White in 1966.
Arkin based his book on the song of the same name crafted years before by he and composer Earl Robinson (1910-1991) - a song meant to celebrate the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down segregation in public schools.
Recorded by Pete Seeger (1919-2014) in 1956 and Sammy Davis Jr. in 1957, "Black and White" was much later, in 1971, a #6 hit for the Reggae group Greyhound in the UK and (1972) a #1 hit for the band Three Dog Night in the United States.
Seeger - a longtime friend of both Arkin and Robinson, a multi-Grammy winning performer and composer, and a Kennedy Center Honoree - has written an Introduction for this edition.
Original New Street Editions published February 2011. Revised Editions published 2016.
David Arkin wrote the lyrics for songs performed by such artists as the Limelighters, the Womenfolk, and the Babysitters (the latter featuring Lee Hays and actor Alan Arkin, David's son). He also wrote and illustrated The Twenty Children of Johann Sebastian Bach (1968). The author-artist studied at the National Academy of Design, New York University's School of Architecture, and in France and Italy.
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