Vaudeville acts celebrated sharp city styles and denigrated old-fashioned habits, showcased new music and dance moves, and promulgated a deeply influential vernacular modernism. The variety show's off-the-rack trendiness perfectly suited an era when goods and services were becoming more affordable and the mass market promised to democratize style, offering a clear vision of how the quintessential twentieth-century citizen should look, talk, move, feel, and act.
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While other historians have tended to focus on either the business or artistic side of vaudeville, David Monod's impressive book explores how both must be taken into account to paint a complete picture of a foundational entertainment medium.Larry Hamberlin, Middlebury College
In this scrupulously researched, sharply theorized, and forcefully written book, David Monod addresses a relatively understudied arena of popular culture production, circulation, and reception with a truly interdisciplinary approach.Jeffrey Melnick, University of Massachusetts Boston