My Old Man: a Personal History of Music Hall

Major, John

£20.00

Shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize; former prime minister John Major takes a remarkable journey into his own unconventional family past to tell the richly colourful story of the British music hall. Music hall was one of the glories of Victorian England. Sentimental, vulgar, but patriotic and champion of the underdog, it held a mirror to the audiencesÕ hopes, fears and the general absurdity of life. Vast, smoke-filled auditoriums were packed every night throughout Britain. Popular performers, such as Marie Lloyd and Vesta Tilley, were among the highest-paid and most celebrated figures in the land. This was the world that John MajorÕs father Tom entered at the age of twenty-one as a comedian and singer. In ÔMy Old ManÕ, the former prime minister tells his fatherÕs story as a springboard for an entertaining history of the music hall, from its origins in Elizabethan times through to its heyday in the nineteenth century and eventual decline with the rise of radio and cinema in the twentieth century. Packed with colourful anecdotes, this warm-hearted account captures a golden, bygone age of entertainment.

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Publisher
Harper Press
Publisher City
London
Year
2012
Edition
1st
Format
h/b
Author
Major, John
SKU
IYC132748
Categories
Condition
Near fine, 1st edition (1st printing), unclipped d/j (slight wear), red clothbound boards, gilt spine titling bright, text block firm, pages crisp and unmarked.
Size
8vo: royal (250 x 170 / 10" x 6_")
Page Count
363
ISBN
9780007450138