Very excited to report that Jim Moore’s gorgeous new photography book Don’t Miss This: A Decade of Eccentric Performing Arts Photography is now available to purchase in pre-sales!
Don’t Miss This is Jim R. Moore’s pictorial paean to the stars of today’s circus, sideshow, burlesque, and new vaudeville scenes. In its pages you will find the world’s most eccentric extended family: clowns, acrobats, thespians, musicians, contortionists, jugglers, puppeteers, ventriloquists, daredevils, aerialists, opera singers, drag stars, monologists, impresarios, magicians, impressionists, fire-eaters, nuts, and acts of the sort we still don’t have any polite name for. Taken between 2010 and 2020, the book captures such latter day performing giants as Lawrence Pisoni (founder of the legendary Pickle Family Circus), Circus Amok’s “Woman with a Beard” Jennifer Miller, bouffon artist and clown Red Bastard, drag king Murray Hill (Somebody Somewhere), sideshow star Todd Robbins, Tom Murrin (a.k.a. The Alien Comic), Avner the Eccentric, burlesque queens like Julie Atlas Muz and the Wau Wau Sisters, and performance artists like Penny Arcade and Reno. In addition, inside you will also find essays by the likes of John Towsen (author of the seminal book Clowns), and performance artists Paul Zaloom, Pat Olesko, and Michael Smith.
And did I forget to mention ME? Me, me, me! There’s only a pic or two of me myself, but those are supplemented by several of various entertainers performing in my shows, and even more of performers from my shows, and also I’ve contributed a little editorial content. Honestly, the book is like a yearbook of my arcane and narrow profession; flipping the pages is just a flood of happy associations and memories. Everyone I know should get their paws on this book before the limited edition sells out, and the time to order yours is NOW. Get ‘er here!
Also May 9 is the official pub date and Jim Moore is celebrating in appropriate style with a Don’t Miss This launch party/ all-star variety show at the Slipper Room. Information and tickets to that gala event are here.