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Author Wilson, Jason, 1970-
Title Soldiers of song : the Dumbells and other Canadian concert parties of the First World War / Jason Wilson.
Imprint Waterloo, Ontario, Canada : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, [2012]

Author Wilson, Jason, 1970-
Subject Dumbells (Musical group)
World War, 1914-1918 -- Music and the war.
Revues -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- Canada -- 1911-1920.
Popular music -- Canada -- 1921-1930.
Description 1 online resource
monochrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents I Introduction -- II The Music Hall and Beyond -- III In the Interest of Morale: The Dumbells and the Development of the Canadian Concert Party -- IV Only a Soldier Knows: The War and Humour The Canadian Concert-Party Experience -- V The Dumbells in Peace -- Note on Sources and Acknowledgements -- Appendices. A Dramatis Personae : CEF Concert-Party Entertainers of WWI -- B Notable Concert Parties of the CEF and BEF -- C Important Casts of the CEF Concert Parties -- D Postwar Concert Party Revues -- E North American Tour Itineraries -- F Catalogue of Dumbells Sheet Music -- G Catalogue of Dumbells-Related Music -- H Miscellaneous Songs -- I Important British Music-Hall Revues.
Summary "The irreverent humour that inspired the likes of The Wayne and Shuster Hour and Monty Python was born in the trenches of the First World War, and The Dumbells -- fighting soldiers who entertained at concert parties -- were central to that birth. Soldiers of Song tells their story. Lucky soldiers who could sing a song, perform a skit, or pass as a "lady," were taken from the line and put onstage for the benefit of their soldier-audiences. The intent was to bolster morale and thereby help soldiers survive the war. The Dumbells' popularity was not limited to troop shows along the trenches. The group managed a run in London's West End and became the first Canadian production to score a hit on Broadway. Touring Canada for some twelve years after the war, the Dumbells became a household name and made more than twenty-five audio recordings. If nationhood was won on the crest of Vimy Ridge, it was the Dumbells who provided the country with its earliest soundtrack. Pioneers of sketch comedy, the Dumbells are as important to the history of Canadian theatre as they are to the cultural history of early-twentieth-century Canada."--Back cover.
ISBN 9781554588824
OCLC # 802054725
Additional Format Wilson, Jason, 1970- Soldiers of song.: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, [2012] ©2012 (CaOONL)20129042838 (OCoLC)802054722

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