Queen of Vaudeville in the New York Times

Sam Roberts reviewed Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay by Andrew L. Erdman in the September 7, 2012 edition of the New York Times: A Queen, a Poem, and a Handbag, All Big.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Erdman resurrects an early-20th-century celebrity who was suggestively famous as the “I Don’t Care Girl” because she popularized the song “I Don’t Care” and made it her mantra. . . . He convincingly places Tanguay’s stardom in historical perspective while still summoning the physicality that made her so popular in vaudeville (she was arrested in New York in 1909 for indecent dancing on a Sunday) but never quite translated to radio or movies. Still, her legacy endures. ‘Simply deepen your awareness the next time you take in a Lady Gaga concert, watch a Madonna video, listen to a Cher single, spin a Janis Joplin record, or enjoy an old Mae West movie,’ Erdman concludes. ‘If you do, you are almost certain to detect the spirit of vaudeville’s onetime cyclonic wonder.'”

Queen of Vaudeville in the New York Times