Review: Burlesque {and the New Bump-n-Grind}

Dear Constant Reader,

Before we get to the book review, I wanted to remind you that we have a Kickstarter campaign to help fund our tour this summer. There are some really fun gifts! I’m waiting for someone to go for the big one… dinner at Stately Babydoll Manor, prepared by Scratch and served by the Boston Babydolls.

Burlesque and the New Bump-n-Grind by Michelle Baldwin (2004).

I believe this was the first book written about the neo-burlesque movement and is certainly still the one most people reach for when they first discover burlesque. Michelle Baldwin (aka Vivienne VaVoom) looks at the origins of the new burlesque while paying tribute to its roots. She starts with a brief history of burlesque and some of the major historical influence on modern burlesque.

The rest of the book is devoted to neo-burlesque. She looks at its history, evolution, and influences. It’s peppered with profiles of industry leaders. Baldwin also explores costumes, styles, philosophy of performing, the audiences. There are photographs throughout, many taken in performance. The list of on-line resources might seem a little dated, as there is so much more out there now. Please note that this is not a book about performing burlesque, for that you need The Burlesque Handbook.

A lot has happened in burlesque since this book was published, but it remains the top book on the subject.

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Published in: on 6 June 2012 at 11:48 am  Leave a Comment  
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