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Songs for fat people : affect, emotion, and celebrity in the Russian popular song, 1900-1955

Author: David MacFadyen
Publisher: Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
"David MacFadyen traces the careers of early 20th century Russian singers such as Izabella Iur'eva, Tamara Tsereteli, and others who struggled to continue to perform as they fled the dangers of a Soviet society that had little patience for cafe-culture. MacFadyen follows their trail through Eastern Europe to Paris and London, then across to New York and San Francisco, and back into Russia through the smoky, emigre

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MacFadyen, David, 1964-
Songs for fat people.
Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©2002
(DLC) 2004445609
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David MacFadyen
ISBN: 9780773570627 0773570624 1282860771 9781282860773 9786612860775 6612860774
OCLC Number: 76898692
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 354 pages) : portraits
Contents: Part One --
In Practice: Eleven famous performers, loved by tens of millions. 1. Grace under friendly fire: the Gypsy romances of Izabella Iur'eva and Tamara Tsereteli --
2. The Romance in exile: Iurii Morfessi and Petr Leshchenko --
3. Internal(ized) exile: The Myster of Vadim Kozin --
4. Exit stage left: Aleksandr Vertinskii and cabaret --
5. Affectation and buffoonery: Leonid Utesov and Odessa Jazz --
6. Klavdiia Shul'zhenko: "Let's have a smoke, comrade!" --
7. Mark Bernes: Hushed songs from the silver screen --
8. Prison and prestige: The Folk songs of Lidiia Ruslanova and Liudmila Zykina. Part Two --
In Theory: Soviet entertainment seen from today's perspectives. 9. Time to speculate and take stock: 1 January 2000 in Russian Light Entertainment. 10. Conclusion and unsolicited encore.
Responsibility: David MacFadyen.
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