Behind the Burly Q

Behind the Burly Q

The Story of Burlesque in America

Book - 2013
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Burlesque was one of America's most popular forms of live entertainment in the first half of the 20th century. Gaudy, bawdy, and spectacular, the shows entertained thousands of paying customers every night of the week. And yet the legacy of burlesque
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2013]
ISBN: 9781620876916
1620876914
Branch Call Number: 792.70973
Characteristics: xxiv, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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mammothhawk229e
Jan 08, 2019

Author shined light on industry that peaked in the Depression & died in 1960s thanks to budget cuts, Playboy, television, snuff film, strip clubs & changing tastes.
Oh the ladies weren't saints & came to striptease or as a chorus girl by accident to escape poverty or following family business. They get harassed by police, puritan politicians & church groups
I am surprised Burlesque was an expensive business with costumes, paying musicians & support group retrieving & repairing costumes. Ditto it had comedians & exotic acts.
Not surprised organized crime skimmed the profits for protection or bread winner ladies mostly married poorly with social parasites. Ouch.
Many couldn't handle the transition.
Pity, it was only serious book given most of the survivors are gone after being interviewed by curious author.

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mammothhawk229e
Jan 08, 2019

"Burlesque was poor's man musical comedy. The Zeigfeld follies was the major show on Broadway. Burlesque was the step below them. It was always good entertainment."
Mike Iannucci.

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