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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (2 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783400668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783400669
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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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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"Old Time Variety: an Illustrated History" written in 2011 by Richard Anthony Baker is a delightful companion book to his 2005 "British Music Hall: an Illustrated History." Mr Baker's "Variety" covers the period of popular performance in the UK that followed "Music Hall." Reading Baker's smartly-crafted reminiscences about the famous (Gracie Fields, The Crazy Gang, Doris & Elsie Waters, Robb Wilton, George Formby, Tessie O'Shea, Max Miller, Will Hay, Max Wall and Old Mother Riley) and the less-remembered---about a hundred of them---kept me up well past bedtime two night in a row. And if some of the variety stars are unfamiliar to you, you feel you know them a bit after you've read Baker's descriptions of their acts and his gossipy reports of their eccentric behaviors---most of which are amusing, some poignant, a few naughty, none snide or cruel. It seems Richard Anthony Baker has interviewed everyone who trod the boards of British variety theatres because, according to the dust cover, he wrote and produced BBC radio programs for 30 years and currently writes columns for British publications including Stage, Call Boy and Music Hall Studies. Chances are no other "insider" is going to offer you such rare tidbits about the personal lives of so many variety performers or their stage, radio, television and film successes. The book is well-designed, easy to read, and each biographical entry is introduced with a "facts" block (real name, birth & death dates and places, spouses and children---even how much money they left in their wills! In short, I loved this book!
Carry On Baker!

Frank Cullen
co-author: Vaudeville, Old & New: an Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America (2007) and The Porridge Sisters Mysteries (2010 & 2011). Co-Founder of the American Vaudeville Museum.
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Excellent research. I learned a lot about some of my heroes. Wilson Kepple and Betty will stay with me forever. I don't care how many Bettys there were ! I cry laughing every time I see footage of them. There are acts here that , unless you are 120 years old, you will never have heard of. A great trip through variety as it should still be. But never will.
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Other readers may rate it higher and I do think it does rate more than three stars without warranting four. It is a pleasant enough read concentrating on bigger stars without much about the supporting acts that really made 'Variety' tick. There is no mention of the influx of American talent which provided many of the headline acts, and some supporting ones too in the latter days of variety. I still recommend the book to anyone interested in the variety stage.
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A companion to the same author's Music Hall: An Illustrated History, which I have enjoyed for some time now, this book covers the fascinating period between the end of Music Hall and the arrival of Bingo clubs, with biographies of the stars and some lesser lights. A slightly odd feature is the inclusion in the summary attached to each section of the amount of their estates when said stars took their final curtain, but it does throw light on the lives and careers.

A very welcome addition to my personal library.
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Richard Baker has done a wonderful job as the research into this book must have taken a fair bit to get together and it shows. It goes back to an era, sadly no longer with us, when people were gifted or dare I say it, talented, to be able to perform and this book gives a wonderful insight into years gone by as compared to todays' offerings: I dread when I read that somebody 'had decided to try comedy' (AGGHHHH!!!!!) and the end result is usually somebody dressed in somebody else's clothes as they never seem to fit where they should, badly in need of a shave and the men are just as bad, muttering away, wandering about on a stage/beer crate and after about twenty minutes a smile might, just might come on your face and you only hang on in there with it in case you get to hear a new swear word - entertainment?....nar... This book is full of detail and brings a world no longer with us for us to look into and feel a warm glow afterwards. Bravo, Richard.
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Wanted to look up this subject, and with interest. Found a comprehensively written book, covering my needs with both depth of reading, and a degree of humour. Will be useful to refer to in the future.
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A very interesting book to me which I read whilst on a Saga Cruise. It brought back memories of old time music hall and also the acts that were around on TV until the severe decline over the last few tears.
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Was great fun to read and discover some of our lost entertainment heritage. Didn't know so much live veriety entertainment has been lost.
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