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Author Duncan, Stephen R., 1970-
Title The rebel café : sex, race, and politics in Cold War America's nightclub underground / Stephen R. Duncan.
Imprint Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.

Author Duncan, Stephen R., 1970-
Subject Nightlife -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Nightclubs -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Popular culture -- Political aspects -- United States.
Bohemianism -- United States.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 1945-1970.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 317 pages)
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Summary "Beneath the mythical and benign surface of the 1950s roiled a sociocultural movement that would burst into view in the 1960s. The Rebel Café illuminates these currents by shining a spotlight on America's urban underground nightlife. In the midst of the Cold War, subterranean nightspots in New York and San Francisco were social, cultural, and even political hothouses for leftwing bohemians and cultural producers. Stephen R. Duncan's analysis of this radical history unveils the interwoven struggles for libertarian anarchism, civil rights, gay liberation, and feminism that shaped the contours of postwar left-liberalism and cultural dissent--as well as the tensions that later tore this fabric into the discreet badges of identity politics. By paying attention to urban leisure and nightlife in the postwar period and connecting these areas to national social change in the 1950s, The Rebel Café will appeal to a popular audience as well as cultural historians"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Maryland, 2014.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Can you show me the way to the Rebel Cafe? -- Blue angels, black cats, and reds : cabaret and the leftwing roots of the Rebel Cafe -- Subterranean aviators : postwar America's literary underground -- Bop apocalypse, freedom now! : jazz, civil rights, and the politics of cross-racial desire -- Beatniks and blabbermouths, Bartok and bar talk : new bohemia and the search for community -- Rise of the "sickniks" : nightclubs, humor, and the public sphere -- The new cabaret : performance, personal politics, and the end of the Rebel Cafe -- Playboys and partisans : American culture, the new left, and the legacy of the Rebel Cafe.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on December 14, 2018).
ISBN 9781421426341 (electronic book)
142142634X (electronic book)
OCLC # 1056953692
Additional Format Print version: Duncan, Stephen R., 1970- Rebel Café. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018 9781421426334 (DLC) 2017058442 (OCoLC)1030900387

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