Freak Show

Author: Robert Bogdan
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226063126
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Traces the history of freak shows, describes the deceptions used in marketing carnival attractions, and looks at changing public attitudes

American Freak Show

Author: Willie Geist
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: 1401304222
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This is not the first book written about quantum mechanics, but it just might be the last. The theory presented inside these pages is so revolutionary that it has stunned the scientific community into reconsidering centuries of thought about the behavior of energy and matter. Prepare to have your mind blown. Sorry, that's the introduction to Willie Geist's next book--the culmination of his life's work. Look for it next spring, just in time for Mother's Day. This book is about his other passion: freaks. When he's not in the lab, Geist spends his time on MSNBC's Morning Joe sifting through the wreckage of American politics and popular culture. These days, that's a big job. With an Alaska hockey mom turning, almost overnight, into a national icon and threatening to move from Wasilla to the White House, with the world's most famous athlete now associated less with the Masters and more with the strippers, and with reality TV working around the clock to ensure the constitutional right of every man, woman, and child to fifteen minutes of fame, Geist's business is thriving. In his hilarious first book, American Freak Show, Geist takes the smart, biting observation loved by his television audience to new satirical extremes. The real-life characters who now haunt our daily lives are cast as stars in completely made-up scenes that, frankly, are not all that far from reality. Geist treats us to the first look at President Sarah Palin's unconventional inaugural address, performed live on WWE's Monday Night Raw after her renegade victory in the 2012 election. We go inside the ballroom for a Dean Martin-style welcome roast of Bernie Madoff upon his arrival in Hell, with Pol Pot serving as sidesplitting roastmaster. Geist provides us with never-before-seen FBI wiretap transcripts of the more mundane, but equally profane, telephone conversations of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. And George W. Bush's batting-cage-and-waterslide-themed plans for a presidential library are laid out publicly for the first time. From Obama to Oprah, Afghanistan to Lohan, and Snooki to the Salahis, Willie Geist spares no one as our host of this wild American Freak Show. You'll laugh out loud while weeping for the future of America.

The Freakshow

Author: Bryan Smith
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780843958270
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A tawdry carnival attraction helps unimaginable creatures lure locals to a fate far worse than death.

Freak Show

Author: Bruce Jones
Publisher: Image Comics
ISBN: 9781582406022
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A humble man, lonely at heart, seeks out the rejected "Freaks" of the world, taking these misbegotten outcasts under his wing in a traveling show of oddities. But life is not without its own irony and his true self is revealed in a twist of fate and revenge.

Truevine

Author: Beth Macy
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316337560
Format: PDF, Mobi
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back. The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever. Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even "Ambassadors from Mars." Back home, their mother never accepted that they were "gone" and spent 28 years trying to get them back. Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? TRUEVINE is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today.

Freakshow

Author: Jon Dovey
Publisher: Pluto Press (UK)
ISBN: 9780745314556
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True confessions, fake films and docu-soaps – in the last ten years factual television has been transformed by an explosion of new genres. Freakshow offers a serious look at ‘reality TV’ in an attempt to understand the mass media’s fascination with intimacy, deviancy, and horror. *BR**BR*Jon Dovey analyses reality TV in terms of the political economy of the mass media. He investigates the relationship between confessional television and our modern understanding of culture and identity. Is our fascination with the personal the only meaningful response to the complexity of our own lives? Are the politics of the self the only alternative to the defunct grand narratives of yesterday? *BR**BR*In concentrating not on the reception of these new television forms but on the choices, models and agendas which inform their production, Dovey reveals the relationships between social anxieties, economic pressures and their specific inflections in media texts. In a critical analysis of media industry practice, Dovey asks why directors can't stay out of range of their own cameras – and what is the role of the television of intimacy within broadcasting.

Freak show

Author: Carl Hammer
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
ISBN: 9780811807074
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Step right up! The show's about to begin with this mesmerizing, full color collection of outrageous banners from the heyday of traveling circus sideshows. See the giant Alaskan king crab! Marvel at the Bearded Lady! Look, if you dare, at the Dog-Faced Boy! Watch the Woman Changing to Stone! Circus sideshows from the turn of the century through the 1950s boasted unbelievable "freaks of nature," incredible transformations, and death defying acts—and the brazen banners that drew in the crowds were as colorful and intriguing as the lurid attractions themselves. For collectors and nostalgia buffs, as well as the merely curious, Freak Show celebrates this unique American commercial folk art phenomenon with vivid photographs of authentic banners highlighting the genre's most memorable examples, the artists who created them, and the unusual people and bizarre creatures they immortalized.

Freakshow

Author: Albert Harry Goldman
Publisher: Cooper Square Pub
ISBN:
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This book collects over a decade's worth of pop culture critic Goldman's writings on the music, comedians, and zeitgeist of the Sixties.

Staging Stigma

Author: M. Chemers
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 023061681X
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Staging Stigma critically examines the freak show performance tradition, using meticulous historical research and cultural criticism to change the way we understand both performance and disability.

Lynnee Breedlove s One Freak Show

Author: Lynn Breedlove
Publisher: Manic D Press
ISBN: 1933149604
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"Breedlove has talent coming out of her ears.”—Dodie Bellamy, San Francisco Chronicle "Uninhibited humor lends tender insight and perspective to a gender politics debate that often takes place in a fiercely contentious atmosphere.”—Billy Tania, The San Francisco Bay Times "...Offers hilarious, gender-bending comedy that will spread much mirth among your LGBT friends.”—Tucson Weekly Through the unusual vehicle of gender-bending comedy, Lynn Breedlove asks his audience, "Who truly owns and defines the body: self, family, or community?” Based on his critically acclaimed comedy performances, this laugh-out-loud collection of outrageous writing celebrates a lifelong defiance of categorization. With universal appeal, aimed at "Everyone who wants to be able to laugh at their preconceptions about themselves and others,” the distinctive humor in Lynnee Breedlove's One Freak Show delightfully enlightens while challenging societal norms about love, identity, and community. "Am I a man or a woman? What are you askin' me for . . . Do I look like I know?” Lambda Literary Award finalist Lynn Breedlove is known as lyricist and front thang for the queer punk band Tribe 8, and he is the author of the speed-driven bike messenger novel Godspeed. He has toured throughout the United States and Europe as a musician and comic performer. Winner of a Heritage Award for Creativity, Breedlove currently resides in San Francisco.