Sailor Song is the ultimate guide to the music of working sailors during the 18th and 19th centuries. The book includes lyrics and sheet music for 50 of the most beloved sea songs with fascinating historical background on the adjoining page. Chapter introductions provide valuable context for the songs and their origins, while gorgeous, vibrant illustrations by Jonny Hannah bring the book to life in his signature style. Whether or not you’re a musician, if you’re interested in nautical history do not skip this beautiful volume. Available on Amazon or wherever books are sold.
Gerry Smyth, University of Washington Press/British Library, $20