Books

Vaudeville & Music Hall Books

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  • BK8 - Laughter in the Roar

    by Brian O'Gorman Paperback, 246mm x 170mm, 82pp, black & white illustrations. Price includes post & packing in UK only (Please enquire for Europe/Rest of World prices) In this quite brief biography the author talks about artistes in the Variety theatre, particularly his father and uncle, Dave & Joe O'Gorman. There is a fascinating section covering full weeks at London and provincial halls in the 1930s and 1940s, when Brian travelled with his relations while still a schoolboy. Other topics covered are pantomime and experiences in ENSA during WW2. Illustrations include Max Miller, Gaston Palmer, Edna Powell, Bebe Daniels as well as a selection of Dave & Joe working audiences. Learn More
  • BK3 - Glossary of Terms Used in Variety

    by Valantyne Napier Paperback, 215mm x 150mm, 66pp, black & white illustrations. Price includes post & packing in UK only (Please enquire for Europe/Rest of World prices) This book is a valuable source of reference and information about Popular Theatre before television. Many once-familiar terms are explained in a straightforward way to those who know only television and rock shows. A wonderful array of photographs - many not published before - depicts Risley, Aerial, Dental and Balancing acts from the great days of big-time Variety. Included is 'Napier's Guide to Theatre Before Television', which clearly defines Burlesque, Music Hall, Variety and other forms. Learn More
  • BK18 - Edward Elgar

    by Michael Messenger Paperback, 210mm x 150mm, 64pp, black & white and colour illustrations. Price includes post & packing in UK only (Please enquire for Europe/Rest of World prices) The son of a modest piano-tuner, Elgar, was brought up as a Roman Catholic in Protestant England, was denied the benefits of wealth, university education and formal music training, but overcame those disadvantages to become the most famous British composer of his generation, receiving many of the highest honours that the nation could bestow upon him. Learn More
  • BK11 - The Austin Seven

    by Jonathan Wood Paperback, 210mm x 150mm, 32pp, black & white illustrations. Price includes post & packing in UK only (Please enquire for Europe/Rest of World prices) One of the most famous British cars, the diminutive but robust 750cc Austin Seven, introduced in 1922, changed the course of automobile design and proved the viability of the small-capacity four-cylinder car. The salvation of the Austin company, it was aimed at families who might otherwise have travelled by motorcycle and sidecar, and it remained in production until 1939. The Seven performed as well on the race tract as it did on the road. It survives in respectable numbers to provide new generations of enthusiasts with a practical, economical car to run, race and restore. Learn More
  • BK1 - Bristol's Forgotten Empire

    by Terry Hallett Paperback, 247mm x 168mm, 210pp, black & white illustrations (including several by Francis Hewlett), extensive index plus indices of Magicians and Revues. Price includes post & packing in UK only (Please enquire for Europe/Rest of World prices) The author has thoroughly researched the history of this East End Bristol music hall from its opening in November, 1893 as part of the Moss & Thornton organisation. The hall, made famous by Harry Day and F.J. Butterworth, had more than its share of ups and downs, becoming a cinema for several years in the 1930s and closing in 1954. It lived on for a while as a BBC sound studio, but was demolished for road widening in 1963. Learn More

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