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Rhythm for Sale

Rhythm for Sale
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The all new Revised Edition of RHYTHM FOR SALEwith new photos and exciting new information is delivered on a platter with Grants down to earth writing style. Look for the pretty dancer on the cover. This New Revised Edition ofRhythm For Saleis the true story of a poverty stricken God loving Alabama ...
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  • ISBN-13: 9780615678283
  • ISBN-10: 0615678289
  • Publisher: Dr. Grant Harper Reid
  • Media: Paperback
  • Quantity Available: 10 or more
  • Status: Available for Immediate Shipment
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The all new Revised Edition of RHYTHM FOR SALEwith new photos and exciting new information is delivered on a platter with Grants down to earth writing style. Look for the pretty dancer on the cover. This New Revised Edition ofRhythm For Saleis the true story of a poverty stricken God loving Alabama pickaninny boy with enormous stage gifts named Leonard Harper who danced for pennies in Medicine shows to survive and grows up to use his skills to conquer and desegregate The Great White Waywhile dominating the nightclub floor-show world of entertainment in the 1920s and 1930s. Rhythm For Sale The Revised Editionstarts off detailing the rise of the husband and wife team of Harper and Blanks the follows Harper the unequaled pioneering producer as he implements his lavish fast stepping floor-shows with his sparsely clad voluptuous chorus girls who jiggle, joggle and bust out with rhythm while electrifying the entire nation. We read about Harper and his doings uptown at gangster Dutch Schultzs controlled Connies Inn and downtown at Charles Lucky Lucianos hangout the Kentucky Club and in Al Capones Chicago Windy City version of the Cotton Club the Grant Terrace Cafe nightclub . This New Edition of Rhythm For Sale concludes with the detailing of the dramatic elements behind Leonard Harpers eventual 1943 ruinous downfall as his form of revue entertainment becomes passe and irrelevant as hes imprisoned and pigeonholed into only staging inside career gagging small Harlem nightclubs leading to his climactic death. All told in a straightforward way by his grandson Dr. Reid who fills the book with new photos and more exciting information. Clearly Leonard Harper was just about the most important contributor to the entertainment mystique that enveloped Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s. He essentially invented the nightclub floorshow, Harlem style that everyone, uptown and down, then emulated. He was apparently one of the great dancers of his generation and one hell of a stage director and choreographer. Without him, I doubt we would have Broadway musicals as we know them today. -Barry Singer author of Black And Blue: The Life And Lyrics Of Andy Razaf. Harpers extraordinary accomplishments as an artist and innovator spanned the worlds of vaudeville, cabaret, burlesque and Broadway musical comedy. As a dancer, choreographer and studio owner, he coached many of the countrys leading performers, including Ruby Keller, Fred and Adele Astaire and the Marx Brothers. As a nightclub and Broadway producer, he counted Billie Holiday, Ethel Waters, Duke Ellington, Bill Bojangles Robinson and Count Basie among his colleagues. He introduced Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway to New York show business, and worked with Mae West, Josephine Baker, Lena Horne, Fats Waller and Eubie Blake. Harper is also remembered as a pioneer who integrated the all-white Shubert touring circuit and directed Hot Chocolates the first ever Broadway production with an all-black creative team. -Jed Bernstein former Executive Director of LIVE Broadway. rhythmforsale. com

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  • ISBN-13 : 9780615678283
  • ISBN-10 : 0615678289
  • Media : Paperback
  • Pages : 300
  • Status : 347 on hand
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