Nearly 80 years after her death, Marie Lloyd remains one of the most potent figures of 20th century popular culture. A giantess of the English music hall, her career spanned the Victorian and Edwardian ages and embraced World War I. This is her biography.
Nearly eight decades after her death, Marie Lloyd remains one of the most potent figures of twentieth-century popular culture. A giantess of the English music hall whose turbulent career spanned the Victorian and Edwardian ages and embraced the First World War, she epitomised the cheeky cockney vulgarity of those who trod the boards. A victim of domestic violence, a performer who built her career on a well-tuned sense of innuendo and one of the first showbiz superstars, she is an essentially modern figure - now for the first time the subject of a modern biography. 'Her life reads like a script 'EastEnders' hacks would die for: family feuds tied to connections with the Turf, pugilists, royal scandals and the bank scam of the century ...research and lovely writing resurrects the memory of a big-hearted trouper ...A cracking book, well-used pictures, pick it up and laugh and cry. Midge Gillies tops the bill' Time Out
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Marie Lloyd is a controversial and perennially fascinating character, a battling pre-Feminism feminist Interest in social and cultural significance of music hall growing rapidly 'A fascinating new book reveals music hall legend Marie Lloyd to be the originator of Girl Power' Daily Mail 'Her book is exhaustively researched, tells its triumphant, finally tragic story well and vividly evokes a wide range of milieux and events ... Ms Gillies' book is a fine piece of social history' The Oldie 'A vivid evocation of an era ... meticulous and wide-ranging ... one can almost smell the mixture of smoke, beer, winkles and champagne' Times Literary Supplement 'There have been several biographies, but Midge Gillies's is the most wide-ranging and thoroughly researched. It is also (not necessarily the same thing) the best' Sunday Telegraph
Marie Lloyd: The One and Only by Midge Gillies
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