By Leslie Zemeckis
Via the director of the hit documentary Behind the Burly Q comes the 1st ever oral heritage of yank Burlesque—as informed by way of the performers who lived it, usually conversing out the following for the 1st time. by way of telling the intimate and mind-blowing tales from its golden age in the course of the ladies (and men!) who lived it, Behind the Burly Q reveals the real tale of burlesque, while it reviews a brand new renaissance.
Burlesque was once one among America's most well liked varieties of reside leisure within the first half the 20 th century. Gaudy, bawdy, and fantastic, the exhibits entertained millions of paying buyers each evening of the week. And but the legacy of burlesque is frequently vilified and misunderstood, skipped over of the historical past books.
By telling the intimate and impressive tales from its golden age throughout the ladies (and men!) who lived it, Behind the Burly Q reveals the real tale of burlesque, while it studies a brand new renaissance. Lovingly interviewed via burlesque fanatic Leslie Zemeckis who produced the hit documentary of an analogous identify, are former musicians, strippers, novelty acts, membership vendors, authors, and historians—assembled the following for the 1st time ever to inform you simply what particularly occurred in a burlesque express. From Jack Ruby and Robert Kennedy to Abbott and Costello—burlesque touched each nook of yankee lifestyles. the attractive exhibits frequently poked enjoyable on the top periods, at intercourse, and at what humans have been keen to do within the pursuit of intercourse. unfortunately, the various performers have considering passed on to the great beyond, making this their final, and infrequently merely interview. at the back of the Burly Q is the definitive background of burlesque in the course of its heyday and a useful oral heritage of an American artwork shape. humorous, stunning, unimaginable, and heartbreaking, their tales will contact your hearts. We invite you to peek backstage on the burly show.
Includes dozens of never-before obvious pictures: infrequent behind the curtain pictures and candid photographs from the performers' own collections.
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Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America by Leslie Zemeckis