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This captivating book presents a uniquely comprehensive cultural history of cabaret, where the most radical of artists, poets, writers, musicians, and theater directors have gathered since 1881. Lisa Appignanesi takes us to the original cabaret—the smoke-filled rooms of the Chat Noir in Paris that served as a meeting place for the avant-garde and a laboratory of subversion ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published September 10th 2004 by Yale University Press (first published September 1st 1976)
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Sarah Zama
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: interwar-year
This is quite an awesome introduction to the cabaret as a form of expression. It focuses on the 1920s and 1930s, since that was the heyday of this form of performance, but it starts in the mid 1800s and reaches as far as the early 2000s.

I found the first part, with the birth of cabaret in France, one of the most fascinating, though the 1920s and 1930s in Germany, with the strong social/political involvement of cabaret, is probably the most meaningful.

I loved that the book didn’t stop at the
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Lord Beardsley
Jan 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cabaret enthusiasts
Recommended to Lord by: Annie
Shelves: read2008
A very accessible non-fiction examining the history of the Cabaret. It is one of the more accessible academic studies I've found of cabaret that exist out there presently. Way more accessible than Berlin Cabaret for example, which seems to take the sex out of the sexiest of art forms and turn it into academic fodder full of spider webs. It was very fascinating to track the evolution of cabaret from its start in Paris to Berlin and then to the UK and America. It was interesting seeing the various ...more
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Elżbieta Borensztejn was born on 4 January 1946 in Łódź, Poland, the daughter of Hena and Aaron Borensztejn with Jewish origin. Following her birth, her parents moved to Paris, France, and in 1951 they emigrating to Canada. She grew up in the province of Quebec - first in a small Laurentian town, subsequently in Montreal.

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