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- DescriptionWhen Groucho Marx and Charlie Chaplin were born, variety entertainment had been going 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 in No Applause - Just Throw Money . 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 indigeus 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 Trav S.D. peels 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 the its second century.
- Author Biography<b>Trav S.D.</b> is top banana at the American Vaudeville Theatre. His writing has appeared in <i>The Village Voice, American Theatre, Time Out New York</i>, and <i>Reason.</i></p>
- Author(s)Trav S.D.
- PublisherNorth Point Press
- Date of Publication01/12/2006
- SubjectOther Performing Arts
- Place of PublicationBerkeley, California
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNorth Point Press
- Out-of-print date13/12/2008
- Content Note24x b/w illustrations
- Weight431 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine28 mm
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