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Burlesque: A Living History

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Join the journey-discover burlesque when it was part of a large theatrical world filled with dance, comedy, and live music. BURLESQUE: A Living History captures the spirit of this unique art form through hundreds of photographs and stories from many who were a part of America's most colorful past. This book highlights the careers and contributions of selected artists, many ...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published October 2nd 2009 by BearManor Media
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Alice Urchin
For the most part, this is an interesting collection of short biographies on golden age burlesque dancers (and a few venues), but a lot of the biographies felt a little generic. For example, in a lot of places they'd say things like, "This dancer always worked well with comedians and said, 'The comedians I worked with were nice to me,'" (no mention of specific comedians she liked or any reason she liked them or favorite routines) or "This performer was fond of animals" (no mention of her having ...more
Fantastic book! It was great to read about all of the performers and historic locations. I also loved all of the vintage pictures. I just wish it included a more extensive history of burlesque, like how it started, spread to the USA and progressed. There were only slight hints at history prior to the 1960s, working conditions, daily life, trends, downturn of audience expectations, and the modern resurgence and reinterpretations, which left me wanting to learn more. This is fine and all, but I wa ...more
Loved it! I had gotten four books on Burlesque and this was the last one I wanted to read. Amazing stories and women! they still get together and meet every year and discuss the good ol days of performing. I was surprised to learn that these women were truly into the art form of provocative dancing and they were not into drugs or prostitution! if I were of that time I would have been one of these pioneers!! loved the costumes and personal stories!
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