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The Soul of Pleasure: Sentiment and Sensation in Nineteenth-Century American Mass Entertainment

David Monod

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501702389
eISBN:
9781501703997
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702389.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Show business is today so essential to American culture it's hard to imagine a time when it was marginal. But as this book demonstrates, the appetite for amusements outside the home was not ... More


There’s No Business Like Show Business

Nicholas Gebhardt

in Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870-1929

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226448558
eISBN:
9780226448725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226448725.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter is about the relationships that emerged between vaudeville performers and managers, and explores how their different experiences of popular entertainment. The focus is primarily on the ... More


Elementary Structures

Nicholas Gebhardt

in Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870-1929

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226448558
eISBN:
9780226448725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226448725.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

The pages of Billboard, Variety, the New York Clipper, and the other trade magazines are full of news items about rivalries and feuds between vaudeville performers, reports of well-known acts ... More


Thinking about Free to Be

Alan Alda

in When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807837238
eISBN:
9781469601427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff.11
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter tells the story of how Marlo Thomas phoned the author, told him about her idea for a children's record, and asked him to take part. They had worked together on a movie, Jenny, and had ... More


The Musical: “No Show Is Worth Dying For”

Ethan Mordden

in All That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190651794
eISBN:
9780190860929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190651794.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

This chapter analyzes and discusses the performance of Chicago, which opened in 1975. Here were the key elements of Fosse’s art, the carnal act on one hand and, on the other, the indefinable American ... More


Can’t Nobody Tell Me One Inch about Show Business

Papa Jo Jones

in Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816673001
eISBN:
9781452947419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816673001.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter explains what Jo Jones colloquially refers to as “show business” and especially black show business—the raison d’être of his wildly colorful musical, theatrical, and entertainment ... More


Blonde Venus: A Sale of Two Bodies

James Phillips

in Sternberg and Dietrich: The Phenomenology of Spectacle

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190915247
eISBN:
9780190915278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190915247.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter examines Blonde Venus (1932), Sternberg and Dietrich’s characteristically atypical take on the fallen woman film genre. Dietrich’s character is as much liberated as cast out from the ... More


I Have Had a Varied Life

Papa Jo Jones

in Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816673001
eISBN:
9781452947419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816673001.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter opens with renowned jazz musician Papa Jo Jones’s assertion of his legacy as immortalized by jazz historian Albert Murray. In the grand American tradition of the exaggerated vernacular, ... More


The Revival and the Third Movie: “If It Doesn’t Fit, You Must Acquit!”

Ethan Mordden

in All That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190651794
eISBN:
9780190860929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190651794.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

This chapter discusses the revival of Chicago as well as its movie adaptation. At the same time, the chapter refers to the infamous O. J. Simpson trial in describing Watkins’ own feeling that the ... More


Chapter Two

Patrick McGilligan

in George Cukor: A Double Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter focuses on George Cukor’s attempt to land his first job in show business before he became one of Hollywood’s consummate filmmakers. At the age of eighteen, Cukor began to do what he ... More


Gaiety Nights

Rohan McWilliam

in London's West End: Creating the Pleasure District, 1800-1914

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780198823414
eISBN:
9780191862120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823414.003.0013
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

This chapter identifies the emergence of ‘light entertainment’ in the West End. Linked to music hall, this was a form of performance that was aspirational and less vulgar. It led to the construction ... More


The Second Movie: “I’m Going To Make a Character Man of You If You Don’t Behave Yourself”

Ethan Mordden

in All That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190651794
eISBN:
9780190860929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190651794.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

This chapter discusses the history of the second Chicago movie, Roxie Hart (1942). This film is a notable deviation from how the various Chicagos look at Roxie’s character, because here, for the ... More


Hi-de-ho: The Life of Cab Calloway

Alyn Shipton

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195141535
eISBN:
9780190268398
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195141535.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This book sheds new light on Cab Calloway's life and career, explaining how he traversed racial and social boundaries to become one of the country's most beloved entertainers. Drawing on first-hand ... More


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