A compelling original and sexy illustrated history of erotic dancing.
An immaculately researched book which uncovers the history of an unacknowledged art form, the art of stripping.
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Lucinda Jarrett’s immaculately researched book uncovers the rich history of an unacknowledged art form, the art of stripping. Censorship has often driven the art form underground where it remains derided and hounded by a ‘moral’ majority.
The story begins in the 1860s in the music halls of Paris and London, where the arts of titillation and tease were perfected. The end of the First World War was followed by an explosion of nudity in the theatres of Europe, as women and pleasure were celebrated in the cabarets of Berlin and the extravagant revues of France. These inspired the artistic nudes of Ziegfeld, which in turn were countered by the theatre of sex that sprang up in the underworld of New York’s Bowery, where the term ‘strip tease’ was first coined. The open sexuality of dancer Gypsy Rose Lee took her to Hollywood, and American strip tease artists began to dominate gossip columns and see their names in lights on Broadway.
The Second World War brought the craft of sexual tease back to the night-clubs of Europe, and in the fifties and sixties London’s Soho gave birth to a sex industry that is now booming in Eastern Europe. The story ends in Cairo, where the belly dance is now threatened by the rising moral tide of Islamic fundamentalism.
'Stripping in Time' looks at the impact of censorship on the dancers and their craft. Memoirs, diaries and eye witness accounts evoke the lives of these women who danced on the edges of ‘civilised society’.About the Author:
Writer and TV producer.
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Book Description Rivers Oram Pr, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0044409680