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Burlesque: A Living History

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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
Apr 22, 2014 Alice Urchin rated it liked it
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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
Centauri
Sep 25, 2016 Centauri rated it liked it
Informative, for certain; took many pages before it got really interesting. The in-depth look into the lives of the people in old-time burlesque was far more interesting than the speedy cliff note bio-versions found at the beginning of the book.

It left me with more questions than answers too. I want to know what was the act that almost got 1 of the ladies arrested in Mexico? What do they mean by 'talking woman' & 'straight man' and how did the revival of burlesque (now known as Neo-Burlesque
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Noel
May 20, 2012 Noel rated it liked it
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
Denise
Mar 26, 2012 Denise rated it really liked it
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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