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The New York Concert Saloon


  • 16 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 172 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.43 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 792.7/09747/109034
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: PN1968.U5 M32 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Music-halls (Variety-theaters, cabarets, etc.)--New York (State)--New York--History--19th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521814782 | ISBN-10: 0521814782)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published October 2002

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$129.00 (C)

A concert saloon is an establishment offering various kinds of entertainment, including alcohol, with some also providing gambling and prostitution. Brooks McNamara explores the concert saloon in New York from the Civil War to the early years of the twentieth century. He focuses on the theatrical aspects of the concert saloon and examines the sources of saloon shows, changes in direction during the century, performing spaces and equipment, and employees and patrons.


List of illustrations; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Prologue: sources of the concert saloon and its shows; 1. Where the devil's work is done: New York City concert saloons during the Civil War era; 2. Changes in direction: the concert saloon after the war; 3. Concert-saloon acts; 4. Concert saloons: spaces and equipment; 5. Employees and patrons of the concert saloon; 6. Related forms; Epilogue; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Prize Winner

2003 Victorian Society in America Metropolitian Chapter Book Award


"...a convincing interpretation of performance history. [McNamara] has nudged the field of performance studies to consider the interdependence of entertainment and economics in ways that have compelling implications for American history...makes a welcome addition to popular culture and theatre history fields alike." Jane Barnette, Bowling Green State University, Theatre Journal

"This well-researched volume in the valuable Cambridge series explores concert saloons, a form of theatrical entertainment that flourished in drinking establishments in the second half of 19th century in New York City.... Recommended." Choice

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