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The December 2009 issue of Black Grooves has now been posted at www.blackgrooves.org<http://www.blackgrooves.org>.

This month we're offering an overview of holiday albums, from the old to the new, from the funky to the traditional- you're sure to find something suitable for that office party or quiet evening roasting chestnuts in the fireplace.  Also featured is an assortment of box sets from Bear Family, Hip-O Select, and Thompkins Square-these would make ideal gifts for your music loving friends.  If you need a stocking stuffer, check out the 2010 Classic Blues Calendar/CD combo, which is volume 7 in an ongoing series that just keeps getting better and better. Finally, Light: On the South Side from Numero Group receives our vote for best new coffee table book, with fabulous candid images of the '70s club scene plus 2 LPs chock full o' blues.

Happy Holidays

Brenda Nelson-Strauss
Editor, Black Grooves
Archives of African American Music & Culture
Indiana University
2805 E. 10th Street, Suite 180
Bloomington, IN 47408
www.blackgrooves.org
http://www.indiana.edu/~aaamc/
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