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‘Ross’s book is outstanding? Ross very effectively uses the erotic entertainment business as a lens through which to view Vancouver history in the post-World War II period ? a hugely important period in shaping what the city was to become? it gives us insight into the entire industry, profiling not only the strippers and the problems they faced, but also the men who owned and ran the clubs.’ (Gerald Hunt: Labour/leTravail, vol 67: Spring2011)
'Ross paints a complex and rich historical snapshot of Vancouver nightlife and argues that the industry was fundamentally important to the city's burgeoning economy.' (Lara Campbell BC Studies; Number 169: Spring 2011)
On the growing bookshelf of work on strippers and strip clubs, their histories, economy, politics, and cultural roles, Burlesque west stands out as a work that humanizes all its players by completing the historical picture Ross offers a thoroughly researched and compelling work that not only reveals the tremendous cultural debt owed to burlesque but begins to capture this important piece of our collective urban histories. (Michelle M. Carnes; Canadian Journal of Sociology: vol 36:03:2011)
Burlesque West is a trailblazer in Canadian social and cultural history. With passion and sensitivity, Becki L. Ross explores a subject largely ignored until now - that of post-World War II erotic entertainment. Ross's interviews with dancers, strippers, owners, and musicians add immeasurably to the book and allow her to draw multifaceted pictures of dancers' whole lives, not just their work lives. Women's voices come through strongly, not only revealing essential insider information and descriptions, but also adding humanity and complexity to the story. (Joan Sangster, History and Women's Studies, Trent University)See all Product Description