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No Applause--Just Throw Money Paperback – October 31, 2006
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“No Applause is a fabulous book worthy of its fabulous topic. Clever, thoughtful, and comprehensive, it is beautifully written and exhaustively researched, and it reminds us of the myriad ways in which vaudeville dominated urban America for half a century and more.” ―Kenneth T. Jackson, professor of history, Columbia University and editor of The Encyclopedia of New York City
“Trav S.D. has created an essential (and very funny) history of American popular entertainment, particularly for those of us trying to create popular entertainment today.” ―Greg Kotis, creator of Urinetown
About the Author
Trav S.D. is top banana at the American Vaudeville Theatre. His writing has appeared in The Village Voice, American Theatre, Time Out New York, and Reason.
- Publisher : Faber & Faber; 1st edition (October 31, 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 366 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0865479585
- ISBN-13 : 978-0865479586
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.92 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #886,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Travis" has a way with words and put life and humor to these origin accounts.
The author, a post modern vaudevillian himself, has a great love and respect for this era, and documents the various circuits, managers and performers in, sometimes, excruciating detail. It is the definitive work on this art form.
Love that he gives the wonderful Todd Robbins a well deserved shout out. And enjoyed the frequent reference to Greek philosophers, that worked well to illustrate aspects of the story
There is some repetition, and his sociological musings can get a little tedious. But overall, a stellar work, on the rise and ultimate decline, of a unique jewel of American entertainment.
Interesting to note that TV today is embracing a version of the variety / vaudeville era. A regurgitator on Americas got talent, along with a vent and a mentalist, the wheel turns
Buy this book, it's a great read.