Eva Tanguay in New York Magazine

As part of their March 24, 2014 “Encyclopedia of New York Pop Music,” New York Magazine features Eva Tanguay, the subject of the Cornell University Press book Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay by Andrew L. Erdman:

“Five decades before the phrase was coined, a Ziegfeld Follies girl with a mediocre voice embodied the spirit of rock and roll. One of her many lovers, the mystic Aleister Crowley, memorably captured her appeal: ‘She is like the hashish dream of a hermit who is possessed of the devil. She cannot sing, as others sing; or dance, as others dance. She simply keeps on vibrating, both limbs and vocal cords without rhythm, tone, melody, or purpose … I feel as if I were poisoned by strychnine … I jerk, I writhe, I twist, I find no ease … She is perpetual irritation without possibility of satisfaction, an Avatar of sex-insomnia. Solitude of the Soul, the Worm that dieth not; ah, me!'”

See Tanguay’s photo, and the rest of the slideshow, here.

Eva Tanguay in New York Magazine