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Uptown ; the story of Harlem's Apollo Theatre

Author: Jack Schiffman
Publisher: New York : Cowles Book Co., ©1971.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In the gilded age of vaudeville, one theater stood out as the fountainhead of black entertainment in America--and it's still going strong. Almost every important black performer in the past four decades has appeared at the Apollo Theatre, and always with the knowledge that the acid test of his act will be the rowdy, hip crowd in the theater's 1,700 seats. The son of the Apollo's founder reveals, in this colorful  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Apollo-Theater
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Schiffman, Jack.
Uptown.
New York, Cowles Book Co. [1971]
(OCoLC)593592927
Online version:
Schiffman, Jack.
Uptown.
New York, Cowles Book Co. [1971]
(OCoLC)608167139
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Schiffman
ISBN: 0402120620 9780402120629
OCLC Number: 162447
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 210 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword by Flip Wilson.--Our theater.--Ride my alley, Sonny!--Harlem comes of age.--The road to soul.--We'll try anything once.--
The tree of hope.--Burnt cork.--Nightmares and daymares.--What do they do with the money?--White schvartzer.--Blacks and blues.
Other Titles: Story of Harlem's Apollo Theatre
Responsibility: Jack Schiffman.

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"In the gilded age of vaudeville, one theater stood out as the fountainhead of black entertainment in America--and it's still going strong. Almost every important black performer in the past four decades has appeared at the Apollo Theatre, and always with the knowledge that the acid test of his act will be the rowdy, hip crowd in the theater's 1,700 seats. The son of the Apollo's founder reveals, in this colorful and exciting narrative, the special magic and charisma that have kept this theatrical institution alive. He recalls soaring successes, crushing disasters, and hilarious snafus. ... Uptown is the story of the Apollo Theatre, from its beginnings in the 1930s ... through the jazz revolution ... into today's turned-on generation ..."--Jacket.

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