Historic Dance Halls Of East Central Texas

Author: Stephen Dean
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439645671
Size: 35.61 MB
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Texas dance halls are iconic structures that have played a prominent role in the state’s culture from its earliest stages. They became central institutions in the earliest European settlements and provided these immigrant communities with a common, central space in which to build new ways of life in a new land. The settlement patterns of the mostly German, Czech, Polish, and other central European migrants of this period gave East Central Texas the state’s greatest concentration of dance halls. Thousands of these halls were built throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, but at present, their numbers have dwindled considerably, and many are at risk.

Texas Dance Halls

Author: Gail Louise Folkins
ISBN: 9780896726031
Size: 67.63 MB
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"Blending literary and photo-journalism, history, and storytelling, essays examine eighteen Texas dance halls in terms of their music, culture, and community. Also considers the predominantly Czech and German heritage from which these halls evolved, as we

Dance Across Texas

Author: Betty Casey
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 029271551X
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Looks at the history and traditions of Texas dancing and shows how to do popular Texas dances, including polkas, waltzes, and the Cotton-eyed Joe

Fashion And Costume In American Popular Culture

Author: Valerie Burnham Oliver
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313294129
Size: 33.21 MB
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Provides a convenient and unique look at fashion and costume literature and how it has developed historically. Discusses subjects from jeans to wedding dresses.

Barbecue Crossroads

Author: Robb Walsh
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292752849
Size: 78.25 MB
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Presents stories, recipes, and photographs of barbecue cooking in the South, recording the pitmasters and legendary joints that make this food culture famous.

Dance Halls And Last Calls

Author: Geronimo Treviño
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publications
ISBN: 1556229275
Size: 70.62 MB
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Documentaries of over one hundred vintage dance halls and their communities are explored in Dance Halls and Last Calls. Many entertainers, booking agents, club owners, and country music fans were interviewed for this book. In a day when there was no competition from television or video players, these shrines gleamed proudly each weekend. Today a new generation of Texas music lovers has helped these halls enjoy a resurgence in popularity.

What The Eye Hears

Author: Brian Seibert
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1429947616
Size: 76.25 MB
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Magisterial, revelatory, and-most suitably-entertaining, What the Eye Hears offers an authoritative account of the great American art of tap dancing. Brian Seibert, a dance critic for The New York Times, begins by exploring tap's origins as a hybrid of the jig and clog dancing from the British Isles and dances brought from Africa by slaves. He tracks tap's transfer to the stage through blackface minstrelsy and charts its growth as a cousin to jazz in the vaudeville circuits and nightclubs of the early twentieth century. Seibert chronicles tap's spread to ubiquity on Broadway and in Hollywood, analyzes its decline after World War II, and celebrates its rediscovery and reinvention by new generations of American and international performers. In the process, we discover how the history of tap dancing is central to any meaningful account of American popular culture. This is a story with a huge cast of characters, from Master Juba (it was probably a performance of his in a Five Points cellar that Charles Dickens described in American Notes for General Circulation) through Bill Robinson and Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Gene Kelly and Paul Draper to Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. Seibert traces the stylistic development of tap through individual practitioners, vividly depicting dancers both well remembered and now obscure. And he illuminates the cultural exchange between blacks and whites over centuries, the interplay of imitation and theft, as well as the moving story of African-Americans in show business, wielding enormous influence as they grapple with the pain and pride of a complicated legacy.What the Eye Hears teaches us to see and hear the entire history of tap in its every step.

Art Of The Pick

Author: Mike Wolfe
ISBN: 9780991221929
Size: 50.52 MB
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The Art of the Pick book is a 8.5"x11" hard cover, 128 page book where Mike brings together some of his collection... including pieces from the world of bicycles, where it all began, and motorcycles, where his passion turned as he grew up. It also features Americana folk pieces, 1930's advertising, and children's toys from long ago. These are unique objects Mike has collected and presented here in stunning photographs, with all their dents, rust, but most importantly, with their very American stories.

God Save Texas

Author: Lawrence Wright
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0525520112
Size: 59.15 MB
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With humor and the biting insight of a native, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower explores the history, culture, and politics of Texas, while holding the stereotypes up for rigorous scrutiny. God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state in the heart of Trumpland that hasn't elected a Democrat to a statewide office in more than twenty years; but it is also a state in which minorities already form a majority (including the largest number of Muslims). The cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king but Texas now leads California in technology exports. The Texas economic model of low taxes and minimal regulation has produced extraordinary growth but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. And Wright's profound portrait of the state not only reflects our country back as it is, but as it was and as it might be.