Saturday, July 16, 2011
The Voice of the City - Robert W. Snyder
The subtitle to this book is Vaudeville and Popular Culture in New York, and it was just that - a good overview of vaudeville in New York City. He does take my pal Nat Wills to task for one of his routines, which I agree is very offensive by today's standards, but Wills was by no means the only performer who did such material at the time, when it was (sadly) common. I enjoyed the book and it was a quick read with lots of information, extensive notes, and a good bibliography for further reading/research.