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

Gebhardt, Nicholas (2017) Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870-1929. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

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In Vaudeville Melodies, Nicholas Gebhardt introduces us to the performers, managers, and audiences who turned disjointed variety show acts into a phenomenally successful business. First introduced in the late nineteenth century, by 1915 vaudeville was being performed across the globe, incorporating thousands of performers from every branch of show business. Its astronomical success relied on a huge network of theatres, each part of a circuit and administered from centralized booking offices. Gebhardt shows us how vaudeville transformed relationships among performers, managers, and audiences, and argues that these changes affected popular music culture in ways we are still seeing today. Drawing on firsthand accounts, Gebhardt explores the practices by which vaudeville performers came to understand what it meant to entertain an audience, the conditions in which they worked, the institutions they relied upon, and the values they imagined were essential to their success.

Item Type: Book
Identification Number:
5 April 2017Published
Subjects: P300 Media studies
T700 American studies
V100 History by period
V200 History by area
W300 Music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Media and English > Birmingham School of Media
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA34: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
Depositing User: Nicholas Gebhardt
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2017 08:41
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 10:39

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