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R. W. Bacon is a museum and history professional with specialties in early American architecture and domestic life --- and early 20th-century music, vaudeville, and circus. The author's research endeavors generally draw upon his first career as a journalist and editor, but this book is also informed by 35 years in showbusiness as an acrobatic juggler/unicyclist, comic dancer, and jazz/ragtime musician. He is the author of ten books on history and performing arts topics.

Vintage from Vinyl:
Early Recordings of
the Goodtime Ragtime
Vaudeville Revival

(Book & CD set)


Presenting a Panorama
of Musical Americana,
a Collection of Music and Song from
the Ragtime, Jazz, & Vaudeville years

by Reginald W. Bacon
(Newburyport, Mass.:
Variety Arts Press, 2017)
192 pages; paperback, includes CD
ISBN: 978-0-9977528-0-9
LOC: 20156920942

Jug Band - String Band - Blues - Banjos - Washboards - Kazoos!
Audience Favorites & Obscure Novelties for Your Entertainment Pleasure!

You asked for it, and finally the 1983 vinyl album, A Panorama of Musical Americana, by The Goodtime Ragtime Vaudeville Revival, is digitized and available on CD. And because of the inadequacy of a miniature CD booklet, the encyclopedic documentation of the original album has been expanded to a 192-page 6x9 book packed with even more fascinating context about the songs, instruments, composers, and performers of the early 20th-century ragtime, jazz, and vaudeville era.

From New York to New Orleans, from Boston to Beeville, and most everywhere in between, in the last quarter of the 20th century Mr. Slim's Goodtime Ragtime Vaudeville Revival ("Mr. Slim" and L.J. Newton) regaled audiences with a high-energy theatrical variety show that fused hot jazz, ragtime, comedy songs, musical novelty, eccentric dance, and dazzling acrobatic juggling into a crowd-pleasing contemporary celebration of early 20th-century vaudeville. This book-and-CD set preserves the lively music of this show for lovers of musical merriment everywhere.

- The original analog recordings ... 34(!) red-hot tunes for your musical merriment ... PLUS the rollicking and rumbustious music that propelled the duo's acrobatic juggling artistry.

- Encyclopedic context about songs, instruments, composers, and performers of the ragtime, jazz, and vaudeville years.

- More than 100 biographical sketches of notable performers and composers ... with photos.

- The stories behind the songs and landmark recordings.

- Comprehensive bibliography and suggested listening/viewing.

- Documentation of the crowd-pleasing show that that regaled audiences across the U.S. for 25 years ... with photos.

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