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Sticks 'n' Skins Takes its Proud Place in the Library of the Folk Life Center at the Smithsonian

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Friday, December 09, 2011
Alfred Music Publishing, the leader in educational music publishing since 1922 and home to the world’s largest percussion print music catalog, proudly announces the addition of Sticks 'n' Skins: A Photography Book About the World of Drumming, by Jules Follett and Lissa Wales, into the Smithsonian Library.

The drummers of Sticks ‘n’ Skins are now among the honored innovators and artisans on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. Thanks to everyone’s combined efforts and talents, Sticks ‘n’ Skins takes its proud place on display in The Folklife Center at the Smithsonian.

With the inclusion in the library at the Smithsonian, the Sticks ‘n’ Skins musicians join greats like Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, Woody Guthrie, Josh White and so many others whose talents made an incredible stamp on the transformation of music in our nation. The addition of Sticks ‘n’ Skins to the renowned Smithsonian Institution ensures the preservation of this work of art honoring some of our greatest drummers.

All the drummers should be congratulated on this well-deserved honor! Their non-wavering dedication to their craft is the reason Sticks ‘n’ Skins exists. The list of prestigious placements of this work of art continues to grow. Sticks ‘n’ Skins is already proudly placed in the archives of the Grammy® Museum, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Musicians Hall of Fame.

Jules Follett says the words of a George Strait song best describe the way she feels. “Life is not the breaths you take . . . but the moments that take your breath away. I am so grateful for the support of the entire industry in helping to make this happen!”

Sticks 'n' Skins (98-0615282886) is available for $75.00 at all major book stores, music retail stores, and at