This is a subject that is finally beginning to excite a degree of scholarly activity and Baker's extensive research, although not his interpretation of the evidence, should inspire a more rigorous revaluation of this influential popular entertainment. - Theatre Notebook
About the Author
During 30 years at the BBC, Richard Anthony Baker wrote and presented music hall and variety programmes for Radios Two and Three. For Radio Five Live, he devised the world's first obituaries programme, Brief Lives, producing its first 300 editions. In 1990, he published a slim biography of Marie Lloyd to be followed in 2005 by a definitive history of music hall, British Music Hall: an Illustrated History. He contributes regularly to The Stage and the British Music Hall Society's magazine, The Call Boy.
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