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Author Ross, Becki, 1959-

Title Burlesque West : showgirls, sex and sin in postwar Vancouver / Becki L. Ross
Published Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [2009]
©2009
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 373 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Preface : beginnings, backlash, and brazenness -- 1. Uncloaking the striptease past -- 2. 'I ain't Rebecca, and this ain't Sunnybrook Farm' : men behind the marquee -- 3. 'We were like snowflakes--no two were alike' : dancers and their gimmicks -- 4. 'Peelers sell beer, and the money was huge' : the shifting conditions of selling fantasy -- 5. 'Everyone wanted to date a dancer, nobody wanted to marry one' : occupational hazards in the industry -- 6. 'You started to feel like a dinosaur' : exiting and aging in the business
Summary "After the Second World War, Vancouver emerged as a hotbed of striptease talent. In Burlesque West, the first critical history of the city's notorious striptease scene, Becki Ross delves into the erotic entertainment industry at the northern end of the dancers' west coast tour - the North-South route from Los Angeles to Vancouver - which provided rotating work for dancers and variety for club clientele. Lavishly illustrated and thoroughly documented, Burlesque West is an ambitious and engaging social history that looks at the convergence of the personal and the political in a phenomenon that combines sex, art and entertainment, and commerce."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-333) and index
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Subject Burlesque (Theater) -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- History -- 20th century.
Nightlife -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- History -- 20th century.
Sex-oriented businesses -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- History -- 20th century.
Showgirls -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- History -- 20th century.
Striptease -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- History -- 20th century.
Stripteasers -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- History -- 20th century.
Vancouver (B.C.) -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442697229 (electronic bk.)
1442697849 (electronic bk.)
9781442697225 (electronic bk.)
9781442697843 (electronic bk.)