New York: Lancer Books. First Edition. 8vo (4 ½ x 7 in.) in wraps. 159 pp. Light cover wear commensurate with age. Annotated on top right corner of cover, “1967” in pen. A fine copy. Item #ANT505
Babs Gonzales is the Godfather of hip. He penned the song Oop-Pop-A-Da which was later made famous by Dizzy Gillespie and led his own successful career as an influential bebop singer. I Paid My Dues… is Babs’ autobiography detailing his rise to notoriety and as he put it, “I Paid My Dues is the best book anyone ever wrote about being black before it became a profession.”.