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Burlesque Seattle Press

Articles & Publications

The Definition of Burlesque

The History of Burlesque

Exotic World Burlesque Museum

Brief Bibliography

Allen, Robert C. Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture. Chapel Hill & London: University of North Carolina Press, 1991.

Barber, Rowland. The Night They Raided Minsky’s. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960.

Briggeman, Jane. Burlesque: A Living History. BearManor Media, 2009.

Corio, Ann. This Was Burlesque. New York: Madison Square Press, 1968.

Goldwyn, Liz. Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens. New York: It Books, 2006.

Sobel, Bernard. A Pictorial History of Burlesque. New York: Bonanza Books, NY, 1956.

Weldon, Jo. The Burlesque Handbook.  New York: It Books, 2010.

Zeidman, Irving. The American Burlesque Show. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1967.


Brief Discography of Classic Burlesque Music

Las Vegas Grind series
Betty Page Danger Girl Burlesque Music
Girls! Girls! Girls! The Best of Burlesque & Striptease Music
Shim  Sham Revue
Tease! The Beat of Burlesque
Take It Off!
UltraLounge series


Those marked with ** are good resources for Classic American Burlesque.
A Wink And A Smile (2008)

Behind the BurlyQ: The Story of Burlesque in America (2010)
Berlin Burlesque: The Art of Taking Your Clothes Off
Brew City Bombshells Burlesque (2011)
Broadway Burlesque (1951)
Burlesque Assassins
Burlesque in Harlem (1954)
Burlesque Undressed (2010)
Bump & Grind: THe Making of a Burlesque Diva (2008)
Camp Burlesque (2005)
Best of Burlesque from Something Weird Video
Cabaret Neiges Noires
Dance of Life, The (1929)
Dancing Dolls of Burlesque (1946)
Devils Dance the New Burlesque (2011)
Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque (2010)

Doll Face (1945)** includes a great cameo of Carmen Miranda
Everybody’s Girl
Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival (2012) Not yet released
Forty Deuce (2005)
Gypsy (1962)** the telling of Gypsy Rose Lee’s life story
Honey & Spice: Sensual & Fierce Burlesque (2009)
King of Burlesque (1935)
Ladies as Gentleman: Drag Kings on Tour (2004)
Lady of Burlesque (1943)** based on Gypsy Rose Lee’s book, “The G-String Murders
Linda Be Good (1947)
Love is Hard (A Burlesque Fairytale) (2010)
Merry Maids of the Gay Way (1954)
Mystery at the Burlesque (1959)
Night They Raided Minsky’s, The (1968)**
Not Tonight Henry (1961)
Nothing Really Happens: Memories of Aging Strippers (2003)
Plucking the Daisy (1956)
Queen of Burlesque (1946)
Sideshow Burlesque (1954)
Silk and Feathers: Burlesque Fan Dance (2009)
Striporama (1953) ** – available from Something Weird Video
Striptease for Burlesque, Exotic Dance, and Every Day (2009)
Teaserama (1955)** a series of actual stage routines filmed
Velvet Hammer Burlesque (2004)** captures the phenomenon of Neo Burlesque in Los Angeles
Wabash Avenue (1950)
When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948)

Sister Institutions

New York School of Burlesque with Professor Jo Boobs

Chicago: Studio L’Amour with Michelle L’Amour, Miss Exotic World 2005

London: London School of Striptease and Burlesque with Jo King

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