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- DescriptionBefore movie screens filled the country and television screens filled our homes, entertainment had to travel to the people. The traveling tent show was a popular form of melodrama and variety entertainment through much of the nineteenth and into the twentieth century. One of the last of these shows belonged to Art Names and His Famous Players, a show that played to venues in Kansas, western Oklahoma, eastern Colorado, and West Texas from about 1920 to 1945. Tent Show captures the glamour the shows held for audiences and the hard work and financial jeopardy faced by their performers. Donald W. Whisenhunt, whose father was one of Names's partners, draws on family papers, letters, original documents, and interviews to shed light on this form of entertainment. Anyone interested in the entertainment business--or curious about life before television and movie theaters--will find Tent Show to be an unaffected look at this fastpaced, often unglamorous business and the people who chose this way of life.
- Author BiographyDONALD W. WHISENHUNT is a professor of history at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He is also the author of The Depression in Texas: The Hoover Years and Poetry of the People: Poems to the President, 1929-1945.
- Author(s)Donald W. Whisenhunt
- PublisherTexas A & M University Press
- Date of Publication31/10/2000
- SubjectOther Performing Arts
- Series TitleWest Texas A&M University
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo 6
- Place of PublicationCollege Station
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTexas A & M University Press
- Content Note22 b&w photographs, bibliography, index
- Weight531 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Introduction byW. Kenneth Waters
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