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"An entertaining and rewarding biography of the pianist and entertainer whose fans' adoration was equaled only by his critics' loathing. . . . [Pyron] persuasively argues that Liberace, thoroughly and rigorously trained, was a genuine ...

Author: Darden Asbury Pyron

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226117126

Category: Social Science

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More people watched his nationally syndicated television show between 1953 and 1955 than followed I Love Lucy. Even a decade after his death, the attendance records he set at Madison Square Garden, the Hollywood Bowl, and Radio City Music Hall still stand. Arguably the most popular entertainer of the twentieth century, this very public figure nonetheless kept more than a few secrets. Darden Asbury Pyron, author of the acclaimed and bestselling Southern Daughter: The Life of Margaret Mitchell, leads us through the life of America's foremost showman with his fresh, provocative, and definitive portrait of Liberace, an American boy. Liberace's career follows the trajectory of the classic American dream. Born in the Midwest to Polish-Italian immigrant parents, he was a child prodigy who, by the age of twenty, had performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Abandoning the concert stage for the lucrative and glittery world of nightclubs, celebrities, and television, Liberace became America's most popular entertainer. While wildly successful and good natured outwardly, Liberace, Pyron reveals, was a complicated man whose political, social, and religious conservativism existed side-by-side with a lifetime of secretive homosexuality. Even so, his swishy persona belied an inner life of ferocious aggression and ambition. Pyron relates this private man to his public persona and places this remarkable life in the rapidly changing cultural landscape of twentieth-century America. Pyron presents Liberace's life as a metaphor, for both good and ill, of American culture, with its shopping malls and insatiable hunger for celebrity. In this fascinating biography, Pyron complicates and celebrates our image of the man for whom the streets were paved with gold lamé. "An entertaining and rewarding biography of the pianist and entertainer whose fans' adoration was equaled only by his critics' loathing. . . . [Pyron] persuasively argues that Liberace, thoroughly and rigorously trained, was a genuine musician as well as a brilliant showman. . . . [A]n immensely entertaining story that should be fascinating and pleasurable to anyone with an interest in American popular culture."—Kirkus Reviews "This is a wonderful book, what biography ought to be and so seldom is."—Kathryn Hughes, Daily Telegraph "[A]bsorbing and insightful. . . . Pyron's interests are far-ranging and illuminating-from the influence of a Roman Catholic sensibility on Liberace and gay culture to the aesthetics of television and the social importance of self-improvement books in the 1950s. Finally, he achieves what many readers might consider impossible: a persuasive case for Liberace's life and times as the embodiment of an important cultural moment."—Publishers Weekly "Liberace, coming on top of his amazing life of Margaret Mitchell, Southern Daughter, puts Darden Pyron in the very first rank of American biographers. His books are as exciting as the lives of his subjects."—Tom Wolfe "Fascinating, thoughtful, exhaustive, and well-written, this book will serve as the standard biography of a complex icon of American popular culture."—Library Journal
2013-04-26 By Darden Asbury Pyron

Greenwood Press, Westport CT, 1995 Liberace: An American Boy, by Darden Asbury Pyron. University of Chicago Press, 2000, (hardcover) Read an excerpt. Liberace (Lives of Notable Gay Men and Lesbians), by Ray Mungo and Martin B. Duberman.

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Liberace: An American Boy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000. Thomas, Bob. Liberace: The True Story. New York: St. Martins Press, 1988. Thorson, Scott, with Alex Thorleifson. Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace.

Author: Claude Summers

Publisher: Cleis Press Start

ISBN: 9781573448826

Category: Performing Arts

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From Hollywood films to TV soap operas, from Vegas extravaganzas to Broadway theater to haute couture, this comprehensive encyclopedia contains over 200 entries and 200 photos that document the irrepressible impact of queer creative artists on popular culture. How did Liberace’s costumes almost kill him? Which lesbian comedian spent her high school years as “the best white cheerleader in Detroit?” For these answers and more, fans can dip into The Queer Encyclopedia of Film, Theater, and Popular Culture. Drawn from the fascinating online encyclopedia of queer arts and culture, www.glbtq.com — which the Advocate dubbed “the Encyclopedia Brittaniqueer” — this may be the only reference book in which RuPaul and Jean Cocteau jostle for space. From the porn industry to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, from bodybuilding to Dorothy Arzner, it’s a queer, queer world, and The Queer Encyclopedia is the indispensable guide: readable, authoritative, and concise. And perfect to read by candelabra. (The answers to the two questions above: from the dry cleaning fumes, Lily Tomlin.)
2012-04-24 By Claude Summers

See also, David A. Kaplan, "Oz," in, The Silicon Boys and Their Valley ofDreams (New York: Perennial, 2000, pp.l 19454) Not just in the early days ... Darden Asbury Pyron, Liberace: An American Boy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, ...

Author: Stephen Brown

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781841126029

Category: Business & Economics

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Free Gift Inside! offers an alternative solution to the difficulty of selling to an already sated and sophisticated consumer. * Based on the article "Torment Your Customers (They'll Love It" which Harvard Busines Review chose as one of 2002's Six Breakthrough Ideas * A new concept that turns marketing on its head and offers a more effective answer to customer relationship management and permission marketing
2004-03-05 By Stephen Brown

Liberace. Lives of notable Gay Men and Lesbians. new York: Chelsea House Publishing, 1995; Pyron, darden Asbury. Liberace: An American Boy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000; Thomas, Bob. Liberace: The True Story. new York: st.

Author: Luca Prono

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313335990

Category: Social Science

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Features A-to-Z listings on such topics as people, films, television shows, and sports figures that have contributed to gay and lesbian popular culture, including entries on The Advocate, "La Cage Aux Folles," and The Village People.
2008 By Luca Prono

Liberace: An American Boy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000. Thomas, Bob. Liberace: The True Story. New York: St. Martins Press, 1988. Thorson, Scott, with Alex Thorleifson. Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace.

Author: Claude Summers

Publisher: Cleis Press Start

ISBN: 9781573448758

Category: Performing Arts

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Aficionados of music, dance, opera, and musical theater will relish this volume featuring over 200 articles showcasing composers, singers, musicians, dancers, and choreographers across eras and styles. Read about Hildegard of Bingen, whose Symphonia expressed both spiritual and physical desire for the Virgin Mary, and George Frideric Handel, who not only created roles for castrati but was behind the Venetian opera's preoccupations with gender ambiguity. Discover Alban Berg’s Lulu, opera’s first openly lesbian character. And don’t forget Kiss Me Kate, the hit 1948 Broadway musical: written by Cole Porter, married though openly gay; directed by John C. Wilson, Noël Coward's ex-lover; and featuring Harold Lang, who had affairs with Leonard Bernstein and Gore Vidal. No single volume has ever achieved the breadth of this scholarly yet eminently readable compendium. It includes overviews of genres as well as fascinating biographical entries on hundreds of figures such as Peter Tchaikovsky, Maurice Ravel, Sergei Diaghilev, Bessie Smith, Aaron Copland, Stephen Sondheim, Alvin Ailey, Rufus Wainwright, and Ani DiFranco.
2012-04-24 By Claude Summers

Darden Asbury Pyron, Liberace: An American Boy (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2000), has an illuminating discussion of Liberace's libel cases, his closeted life, and his attitudes toward his sexuality.

Author: Mary R. Desjardins

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822376033

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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The popularity of television in postwar suburban America had a devastating effect on the traditional Hollywood studio system. Yet many aging Hollywood stars used television to revive their fading careers. In Recycled Stars, Mary R. Desjardins examines the recirculation, ownership, and control of female film stars and their images in television, print, and new media. Female stardom, she argues, is central to understanding both the anxieties and the pleasures that these figures evoke in their audiences’ psyches through patterns of fame, decline, and return. From Gloria Swanson, Loretta Young, Ida Lupino, and Lucille Ball, who found new careers in early television, to Maureen O’Hara’s high-profile 1957 lawsuit against the scandal magazine Confidential, to the reappropriation of iconic star images by experimental filmmakers, video artists, and fans, this book explores the contours of female stars’ resilience as they struggled to create new contexts for their waning images across emerging media.
2015-02-09 By Mary R. Desjardins

Pyron, Darden Asbury, Liberace: An American Boy, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2000. Schwartz, David G., Roll the Bones: the History of Gambling, Gotham Books, New York 2006. Siegfried and Roy with Tapert, Annette, Mastering the ...

Author: James Roman

Publisher: Museyon

ISBN: 9781938450020

Category: History

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Discover one of !--?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /--America's most fascinating cities through 30 dramatic true stories spanning Las Vegas's 150-year history. James Roman takes readers on a tour through the glamorous and sometimes sordid history of Las Vegas and explains how a railroad town transformed itself into "the Entertainment Capital of the World." Essays explore the major historic events from the founding of Sin City and the building of the Hoover Dam to the rise of the Rat Pack at the Sands and the establishment of the Mafia-controlled casinos. Also included are intriguing tales of Vegas celebrities from Frank Sinatra and Liberace to Siegfried and Roy, as well as numerous historical photos and full-color maps.
2011-10-01 By James Roman

67 William Connor, The Daily Mirror; as quoted in Darden Asbury Pyron, Liberace: An American Boy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), p. 226. Jay Roach's Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) pays tribute to ...

Author: Paul Morrison

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000197761

Category: Social Science

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Classical Hollywood Cinema, Sexuality, and the Politics of the Face examines the representation of iconic female faces in the golden age of Hollywood – Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson, Elizabeth Taylor – and the gay male fetishization of those faces. Classical Hollywood cinema is given to an aesthetic and ideological struggle between rival scopic economies: an erotics of “to-be-looked-at-ness” is countered by a hermeneutics of “to-be-seen-through-ness.” The latter emerges triumphant, but the legendary female faces of Hollywood resist, in their different ways, a coercive and normalizing knowledge, which is the source of the gay male investment in them. A disciplinary society privileges a hermeneutics of gaze; the iconomic female faces of classical Hollywood cinema demand an erotics. Classical Holly Cinema, Sexuality, and the Politics of the Face explores the tension between the two through detailed readings of Ninotchka, Sunset Boulevard, and Suddenly, Last Summer in the context of early and mid-century cinema and culture. It includes, for instance, an analysis of D. W. Griffith and blackface, the Stonewall riots and the coming-into-voice of the modern gay subject, several major films by Hitchcock, Citizen Kane, and the emergence of rival standards of beauty, both female and male, in figures such as Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. This is an important study for students of queer theory, film theory and history, and gender and sexuality studies.
2020-11-01 By Paul Morrison

The Hit Charade: Lou Pearlman, Boy Bands, and the Biggest Ponzi Scheme in U.S. History. New York: Harper Business, 2008. Greenman, Ben. ... Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music. 5th ed. ... Liberace: An American Boy.

Author: Keith Hatschek

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538111444

Category: Music

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Historical Dictionary of the American Music Industry contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 500 cross-referenced entries on important artists, managers, companies, industry terminology and significant trade associations.
2018-09-15 By Keith Hatschek