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No Applause - Just Throw Money - The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous

No Applause - Just Throw Money - The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous $20.65

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Trav S.D.

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A seriously funny look at the roots of American Entertainment

When Groucho Marx and Charlie Chaplin were born, variety entertainment had been going on for decades in America, and like Harry Houdini, Milton Berle, Mae West, and countless others, these performers got their start on the vaudeville stage

From 1881 to 1932, vaudeville was at the heart of show business in the States. Its stars were America's first stars in the modern sense, and it utterly dominated American popular culture

Writer and modern-day vaudevillian Trav S.D. chronicles vaudeville's far-reaching impact

He explores the many ways in which vaudeville's story is the story of show business in America and documents the rich history and cultural legacy of our country's only purely indigenous theatrical form, including its influence on everything from USO shows to Ed Sullivan to The Muppet Show and The Gong Show

More than a quaint historical curiosity, vaudeville is thriving today, and this book pulls back the curtain on the vibrant subculture that exists across the United States - a vast grassroots network of fire-eaters, human blockheads, burlesque performers, and bad comics intent on taking vaudeville into its second century

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"A delicious cultural history ... The writing is as snappy as these troupers and headliners deserve. And the scholarship is high-class. Nothing reveals a people more clearly than what entertains them and how they define it" ~ The New York Times

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