Buy Used
$6.25
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping! Fast Amazon shipping plus a hassle free return policy mean your satisfaction is guaranteed.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret Paperback – October 1, 1992


See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback, October 1, 1992
$39.66 $0.10


--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Limelight Editions; Reprint edition (October 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087910161x
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879101619
  • ASIN: 087910161X
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,335,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Gavin, in his first book, tells the story of New York's intimate nightclubs from their origins in Prohibition speakeasies and brothels through their heyday in the 1940s and '50s to their eventual decline in recent years as TV, rock'n'roll and diminishing audiences have taken their tolls. Deftly blending picturesque descriptions of the venues and lively characterizations of their often eccentric owners and performers, he recreates the colorful atmospheres of Le Ruban Blue, the Blue Angel, the Bon Soir, the Downstairs Room and many other clubs where such entrepreneurs as Herbert Jacoby, Max Gordon, Julius Monk and Spivy presided, and where stars Mabel Mercer, Hildegarde, Pat Carroll, Dorothy Loudon, Eartha Kitt, Kaye Ballard and Johnny Mathis beguiled audiences. This is a rich and intriguing history, entertainingly told. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

Gavin provides an inside look at the New York cabaret scene from the 1930s to its present decline. From tiny piano lounges to lavish clubs that attracted the rich and famous, readers are afforded brief glimpses into the early careers of performers like Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, and Joan Rivers. Gavin also profiles the failures and successes of cabaret owners and managers like Herbert Jacoby and Julius Monk. The book is well researched through trade journals and theater columns, and enhanced by the author's personal observations. A discography is provided but an index would have been more useful. The book is well written and sometimes fascinating to read, but the subject does not have a wide audience. For larger collections.
- Tim LaBorie, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alan W. Petrucelli on July 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
If life is truly a cabaret, than James Gavin has written a spectacular history of that night life. This updated edition of Gavin's 1992 book of the same title concerns the history of cabaret in America--and it's a real dazzler.
Beginning in the speakeasies of the '30s and progressing through the glamorous '40s and '50s to the repressive '50s, the book takes us to the wide-open sexuality of the '60s and '70s, the devastation from HIV of the '80s and early '90s to where we stand today. It's a show-biz history of an admittedly small niche in American entertainment, but an extraordinarily rich and creative one. From Bobby Short and Mabel Mercer through Phyllis Diller and Barbra Streisand and Peter Allen to the Callaway sisters, Barbara Cook and Ute Lemper, there is something here for all tastes and all moods.
The art of cabaret--and be sure it is an art--is the experience of sitting in a quiet club, some glamorous, some sewers, and listening to a singer perform . . . seemingly just for you. Old standards are reinterpreted, new material marveled at, forgotten songs recalled. The audience in encouraged to feel, think--and maybe have a drink or two. Scrupulously researched, Gavin has managed to not only create a chronological history (including the stars, and the genius accompanists, crafty presenters, scummy landlords and adoring fans) but lovingly describes performers and performances. But be forewarned: The discography at the end of the book is incredibly comprehensive, and by the time you've finished reading about these legendary talents, you're going to want pull out the charge card and hit amazon.com
So stop sitting alone in your room, buy this book, and discovers just how much more music you can hear play, if, old friend, you come to the cabaret.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A reader on June 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Gavin has done a lot more than just research the time period he covers with such liveliness in this comprehensive book about New York nightclub entertainment. He really seems to have immersed himself in the world that he describes, and his enthusiasm shines through on every page. This is a wonderful introduction to an essential part of entertainment history.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on April 25, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret
The header refers to the author as well as the book. I use the word 'rich' in all its meanings except the monetary one. A wonderful book full of wonderful detail by a wonderful writer. Luckily I had already amassed a number of the CDs listed in the discography, so there were few demands on my credit card. I can't say the same for 'Deep in a Dream', Mr Gavin's opus on Chet Baker, another hard-to-put-down book. I'm still paying for lots of Chet CDs. Now I'm eagerly awaiting James Gavin's imminent biography of Lena Horne, 'Stormy Weather'
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nashville Father on December 10, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A thoughtful and truthful look into the history of caberet in Manhattan. Very thorough. Informative. Accurate. Barbra Streisand and Mabel Mercer are included. All the venues are included as well. A niche book for anyone interested in this genre. A superb history of night life in New York City.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Search