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Reginald Bacon

Variety Arts Press

MA

 

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Membership level
Publisher Member
Organization
Variety Arts Press
First name
Reginald
Middle Name
W.
Last name
Bacon
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Genre(s)
History, Architecture/Preservation, Musicology, Performing Arts, Popular Culture
State
MA
 

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Job title
Author, Editor, Designer, Publisher
Member Directory Listing - About Us:
Variety Arts Press has been the publisher of books by the journalist/editor, historian, museum professional, and performing artist Reginald W. Bacon since 1983. Variety Arts Press also offers editorial, graphic, and publications services for selected independent publishing projects.

R.W. Bacon is a museum and history professional with specialties in 17th- and 18th-century New England architecture and domestic life --- and early 20th-century vaudeville and circus. His first career as a journalist, editor, and publication designer informs his current museum work. His 35-year career as an acrobatic juggler and jazz/ragtime musician informs his performing arts research. He is the author of a dozen books on regional history, music, architecture, preservation, and performing arts topics.

In the world of print graphics, his humor-infused topical seminars are based on two companion books for do-it-yourself designers and editors, The Cranky Typographer's Book of Major Annoyances, and The Cranky Editor's Book of Intolerable Fox Paws (Oops! Faux Pas!).

The latest books off the press in 2018 are Chauncey Richmond & "The Old Buckbee": The Story of a Banjo, Its Maker, and Its Player; and The Micro-Historian's Guide to Research, Evidence, & Conclusions: Step-by-Step Research Planning & Execution.
Primary Publishing Role
  • Author
  • Book Designer
  • Book Editor
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TITLE #1

Book #1 Cover Image
Book #1 Title
The HABS and the HABs NOTS
Book #1 Subtitle
Documenting the Architecture of Newburyport in the Historic American Buildings Survey
Book #1 Publication Year
2017
Book #1 Author
Reginald W. Bacon
Book #1 Publisher
Variety Arts Press
Book #1 ISBN
9780997752816
Book #1 cover price
$30.00
Book #1 Description
The HABS and the HABs NOTS looks back at the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the federal program that advanced historic preservation throughout the U.S. in the 1930s. Prepared in collaboration with the Newburyport Preservation Trust, this large-format volume presents the crisp photos and elegant measured drawings produced for surveys conducted in Newburyport, Mass., a small coastal city known for its 18th- and 19th-century Georgian and Federal architecture.

The "HABs Nots" Gallery then looks at the future of preservation in the once down-and-out but rejuvenated port city, where the more modest historic homes in its National Register Historic District are at the greatest risk of being lost to the "march of progress."

Context includes economic history, the origins of the HABS program, earlier documentation efforts, and illustrated guide to house styles in Newburyport, and topical bibliographies.
Book #1 Distributors
Variety Arts Press, Amazon.com, ... and your favorite bookseller
 

TITLE #2

Book #2 Cover Image
Book #2 Title
Vintage from Vinyl
Book #2 Subtitle
Early Recordings of the Goodtime Ragtime Vaudeville Revival
Book #2 Author
Reginald W. Bacon
Book #2 Publication Year
2017
Book #2 Publisher
Variety Arts Press
Book #2 ISBN-13
9780997752809
Book 2 Cover Price
$22.00
Book #2 Description
From New York to New Orleans, from Boston to Beeville, and most everywhere in between, in the last quarter of the 20th century Mr. Slim's Goodtime Ragtime Vaudeville Revival ("Mr. Slim" and L.J. Newton) regaled audiences with a high-energy theatrical variety show that fused hot jazz, ragtime, comedy songs, musical novelty, eccentric dance, and dazzling acrobatic juggling into a crowd-pleasing celebration of early 20th-century vaudeville. This book-and-CD set documents the show and preserves its effervescence for lovers of musical merriment everywhere.
Book #2 Distributors
Variety Arts Press, Amazon.com, ... and your favorite bookseller
Book #2 Awards
2018 ARSC Award of Excellence
(nominee for Historical Research)
(Association for Recorded Sound Collections)
 

TITLE #3

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Book #3 Publication Year
2012
Book #3 Awards
2013 Brainerd T. Peck Literary Award
(Connecticut Society of Genealogists)
 

TITLE #4

Book #4 Cover Image
Book #4 Title
The Cranky Typographer's Book of Major Annoyances
Book #4 Subtitle
Helpful Graphic Tips for Do-It-Yourself Designers
Book #4 Publication Year
2014
Book #4 Author
Reginald W. Bacon
Book #4 Publisher
Variety Arts Press
Book #4 ISBN-13
9780981794570
Book #4 Cover Price
$20.00
Book #4 Description
Today almost everyone with a computer on their desk gets pressed into service as a "designer-by-default" --- but without any training in the craft. This information-packed book offers an introduction to professional typography and page layout that will improve both the look and effectiveness of do-it-yourself "desktop" design projects. The author, adopting the persona of The Cranky Typographer, first identifies the common missteps in typography and design, then explains how to avoid them. Over 250 illustrative examples, encompassing the good, the bad, and the hopeless, are derived from the author's five decades of varied real-world experience. Is the author really that cranky? Read the book, find out, and along the way learn what you never knew about the venerable craft of typography and the still-current principles of functional, effective design.
Book #4 Distributors
Variety Arts Press, Amazon.com, ... and your favorite bookseller
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