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No Applause--Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous Paperback – October 31, 2006
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One of the book's greater strengths is the cultural context Trav S.D. provides without losing his story in academic meanderings. The marrying of high and low purpose in this book reflects vaudeville's eclectic (some might say indiscriminate) embrace of art forms, a formula that made it the most popular mass entertainment of its day--fit for both toffs and toughs--ladies and children invited.
One can quibble about several particulars-this is true of every book written about vaudeville, but Trav S.D. has captured the shape, size and feel of vaudeville by examining it as a business as well as an entertainment form peopled by beloved performers.
Trav S.D. is producer/performer with American Vaudeville Theatre and a writer whose work has appeared in various periodicals including The Village Voice, American Theatre, Time Out New York, and Reason.
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It is not just that vaudeville is broader than comedy alone and the vaudeville era was a lot more interesting in show business history than the periods that followed it. The other virtue to NAJTM is that, while the other books try to capture an age by induction - focusing on the lives of a handful of performers and drawing universal conclusions - NAJTM discusses the era and illustrates the author's points with references to individual performers. The result is that the uniqueness of each act, its independence and individuality is honored.
And unique and independent and individualistic they were! What a wonderful collection of oddballs, tyrants and crackpots and what a talented, original and creative bunch as well. As one surveys modern entertainment - the intellectual wasteland that comprises theater, television and, especially, American cinema today, one longs to slip into the Palace for just one day to see this bunch walk the boards one more time.
I found "No Applause--Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous" to be treasure trove of information. Trav S.D.(aka Travis Stewart) has been the head of the American Vaudeville Theater in New York City for nearly a decade now. He is also a very accomplished writer which is quite evident in this book. Trav S.D. introduces us to the legendary performers of the vaudeville circuit. We have all heard of the Marx Brothers, Burns and Allen, W.C. Fields and Buster Keaton, but I really appreciated learning about so many of the acts I had never even heard of before. It was also interesting to learn about the men who would emerge as the moguls of vaudeville. Tony Pastor is generally credited with having much to do with putting "vaudeville" on the map. His seemingly revolutionary insistance on variety shows that offered "fun without vulgarity" would prove to be a winning formula for five decades.Read more ›
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The worst thing about this book is the title, unwieldy and not relevant.,he must have been in a rush. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Andy Wood
a good overview of vaudeville. It focuses more on the business side and less on the performance side than I would have preferred.Published 13 months ago by david's wife...
Without a doubt, my favorite book. An absolute must not only for seekers of Vaudeville information, but for theatre history and Old Hollywood fans as well. Trav S.D. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Margaret L. Cross
couldn't get past the first 10 pages - yawning over the history lesson I gave up after 40 pagesPublished on July 2, 2014 by Lynsreads
Very little information about specific notables in the vaudeville era - that's what I was hoping for. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by pjfmusic
this is a fine history of vaudeville, from its roots in concert saloons, dime museums and circus to its death by radio, movies, reviews and Depression. Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by Wally Neilsen
The author is very knowledgeable in his information of the circumstances and the individuals involved in vaudeville, tracing it back to the ancient Roman times, and how show people... Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by Easy Rider