Tis the gift giving season, and we are particularly excited this year, for we have a brand new book out! It’s Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville and it’s the first new release by Jim Moore’s Vaudevisuals Press. It’s got writing by me, Jim Moore and Shocked and Amazed’s James Taylor, an interview with one of the daughters of one of the members of Rose’s extraordinary company, terrific cover art by Noah Diamond, and lots and lots of historic images (photos, programs, cartes de visite, posters, ads, etc). Without tooting my own horn, I consider this a STELLAR holiday gift. If I didn’t write it, I’d have LOVED to have received one on Christmas morning! And I’ll certainly be giving them this Yule. Order copies for yourself and the weirdos you love here.
And there’s also this great new book from the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, Windows on the Bowery, to which I contributed. Ordering details on the flyer below.
There’s more in our Bizarre Bazaar of course, including my previous two books, and three terrific Archeophone Records CDs for which I wrote the liner notes. Perfect stocking stuffers.
No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous — by far the most popular thing to ever come out of my pen, and the entire reason the blog you’re on right now even exists. I’m not sure but I think I just had my best sales quarter, at least since it was first published a few years back, so it’s more in demand than ever. It’s Bette Midler’s favorite show biz book, and according to many, the best on its subject!
Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube — My second book, particularly apt if you’re a lover of classic comedy and want to support Small Business Saturday!
Joe Weber and Lou Fields: The Mike and Meyer Files — So proud of this historic release, which came out a year ago, with liner notes by me in collaboration with Marc Fields and Archeophone’s Richard Martin. I consider Weber and Fields the grandaddys of American comedy, and their routines hold up!
Van and Schenck: Pennant Winning Battery of Songland — I particularly loved working on this one, as Van and Schenck were local boys, who lived not from where I was living at the time (Brooklyn, of course!) They were among the biggest singing stars of the Roaring Twenties.
Nat M. Wills: The Famous Tramp Comedian — working on this one was another revelation. Nat M. Wills’ comedy monologues and songs still hold up. He was one of the first stars of comedy records, and a major stage star of his time. Sadly he left no cinematic footprint — just these recordings.
And let us not forget Trav S.D. gear designed by the Mad Marchioness, including facemasks, coffee mugs, tee shirts, etc, available here.
Lastly…Giving Tuesday is also upon us. Why not give to…this blog? Sound self serving? I’m sorry if you feel that way. Travalanche has become the greatest resource of its kind on earth and I worked on it for over a decade without recompense. In other words *I* gave to the public — tens of thousands of hours of my life to this free resource. My Patreon Pals get benefits, including free members-only content, regular members-only Zoom Talks, and swag. They’re really nice people — most of them joined before I was offering any of that. Here’s where and how to give.
For which I will give…THANKS! Happy Thanksgiving. Much to give thanks for this year.