Grant Harper Reid Rhythm for Sale

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Rhythm for Sale

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Rhythm For Sale the Chanticleer Grand Prize Journey Award Winning 5 Star book that was voted by the IndieReader Staff as one of the Best Self-Published books of 2015. Bookawards.com 2015 Gold Award Winner.The book is a deeply researched account of Harlem Renaissance producer Leonard Harper's life story.
Grant Harper Reid has documented Harper's tale with a very careful chronological arrangement of the details and facts. The book comes alive because or Reid's entertaining and descriptive writing style. Because of the contents in Rhythm For Sale.

A Harlem, N.Y. street was named "Leonard Harper Way" in 2015.

Reid begins with Leonard Harper as a young Alabama pickaninny boy dancing in Medicine shows in the racist South. After leaving Alabama, Harper tours the country with his song and dance partner Osceola Blanks, and they wind up performing at the Empire Theater in London. As a married couple Harper and Blanks, arrive back in the States smack dab in the middle of the Harlem Renaissance. Master pianist Duke Ellington moves in with them. Harper is hired to be the main in-house producer at Harlem's fabled Connie's Inn nightclub.

Harper opens up his downtown Times Square Dance Studio. He teaches the Marx Brothers, Ruby Keller, Adele Astaire and Busby Berkeley's chorus-line in the fine art of (Dirty Colored), dancing with "that little extra something in the butt department." He forms his famous chorus-line the Harperettes, who jiggle and joggle in skimpy outfits while setting dance floors on fire. Leonard Harper produces in at least eight nightclubs and theaters just in New York City alone. The Cotton Club, the Hollywood Inn, Al Capone's Grand Terrace Cafe, the Lafayette Theater ant the Apollo Theater all owe their status and particular place in nightclub and theater history to Harper and his fast variety revues. He rules the nightclub and Black Musical Comedy world on The Great White Way and uptown in Harlem. Black And Blue and Ain't Misbehavin all came from Harper's Hot Chocolates' and only Rhythm For Sale tells the true story behind the making of that all-time legendary Broadway sensational revue.

The book is full of celebrities and gangsters who come and go. Ethel Waters, Cab Calloway, Chick Webb, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Dutch Schultz and Lucky Luciano are all integral players in Harpers show business world. Grandson Grant does not disappoint. These real life characters come to life. No cardboard cutout characters are in this book.

Rhythm for Sale finely peals away beyond the surface to reveal what lurks underneath the facade. Like a master chef, the author delves deep inside the ingredients of Leonard Harper's complicated personal life. We examine his relationships with his possessive mother, jealous brother, crippled and bitter wife, sexy girlfriends and his loving daughter.

The book ends with Harper's 1943 downfall. When his variety revue form of Colored Musical Comedy is , deemed out of date with his audience time on earth expires. His sad downfall is inevitable as the master stager is trapped and held captive of his past success. Perhaps the racial pigeonhole that forced him into working for only small-time Harlem nightspots caused his death. 

 "Clearly Leonard Harper was just about the most important contributor to the entertainment mystique that enveloped Harlem in the 1920's and 1930's. He essentially invented the nightclub floorshow, Harlem style that everyone, uptown and down, then emulated. He was one of the great dancers of his generation and one hell of a stage director and choreographer. Without him, I doubt we would have Broadway musicals as we know them today."-Barry Singer author of Black And Blue.

 "Harper's extraordinary accomplishments as an artist and innovator spanned the worlds of vaudeville, cabaret, burlesque and Broadway musical comedy. "-Jed Bernstein President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. 

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A vibrant portrait of a dynamic, multi-talented American who battled daunting odd, with an innate business acumen and flamboyant hope; RHYTHM FOR SALE reveals a different America and how perspectives and aspirations have altered and evolved. Leonard Harper (1899-1943) was in the thick of the Harlem Renaissance, the bright lights and the low life, the big venues and the back alleys, as performer, promoter, owner---in front of the audience and behind the scenes. His grandson, Grant Harper Reid, has spent years piecing together this remarkable tribute. Many famous names croup up in Harper’s story; his fans included Franklin Roosevelt, Charles Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, and Lady and Lord Mountbatten. Reid does not tiptoe within the restrictions of political correctness. But instead uses contemporaneous terms such as “coon” and “pickaninny” when appropriate. Harper’s show titles are sufficient reminder of the era: Lucky Sambo, Plantation Days, Blackbirds of 1926, and Hot Chocolates. His extravaganzas featured cameo performances from the likes of Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, and Bill Bojangles Robinson. Writing exuberantly, Reid transforms a well, researched biography into a richly tonal fable with emotive observances like this reference to Harper’s many infidelities during his marriage to former dance partner Osceola Blanks: “Osceola’s domesticity could not compete with the young females that rhythm tapped with an abundance of bouncy seductive energy on the dance floor and in his backstage office.” Harper died suddenly of a heart attack at age 44, on a dance floor, during a rehearsal. At his funeral, the Reverend Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. eulogized that, in Reid’s words, “there was little difference between church life and the show business world because both seek to serve the Lord by making man’s existence a little bit nicer.” The honorary flower bearers were a bevy of “the most angelic, striking and mouth-watering---showgirls in the world.”

From the Author:

Rhythm For Sale is my penetratingly explored biography about my grandfather Producer/Director Leonard Harper. The book kicks off with Harper as a Southern pickaninny poor boy who tap danced for, pennies to feed his family to the bubbling Harlem Renaissance and post-depression Apollo Theater inaugural opening show. The book details Apollo theater owner Frank Schiffman and Harper's diabolical plans as they conspire to overtake the floundering theater to make it the most famous showplace in the world. The book lays out all of the facts behind the rough and tumble business schemes of Schiffman utilizing Leonard Harper's deft Colored Musical Comedy skills to help attain the Apollo's world famous status.

Rhythm For Sale masterfully traces Harper from his Southern tap dancing roots as his theater troop eats French continental sandwiches for the first time. We follow Harper's trip to London where Fred Astaire and George Gershwin go to school  uptown style. Once back in
Harlem, Harper dominates the nightclub scene producing at Connie's Inn, the Cotton Club, the Savoy Ballroom, and Smalls Paradise.

We are introduced to Louis Armstrong as he sings Black And Blue for the first time to Broadway audiences in Harper's hit musical Hot Chocolates'. We get to understand filmmaker Oscar Micheaux's struggles as he co-directs the first all-Black talking film The Exile with Harper. We see Harper as his feelings explode. While H produces for gangster Al Capone's Grand Terrace Cafe (Chicago's version of the Cotton Club), he learns that his daughter had been, born in Harlem.

The book pinpoints into Malcolm Little while working as a waiter before he becomes Malcolm X, at Small's Paradise. We approach Harper at his downfall as he's red-lined and restricted to, producing only in small time Harlem nightspots. Barred and prohibited from working in white venues because of his skin color he's never called out to Hollywood like his lesser talented white counterparts. Harper would perish just like his form of entertainment dying while rehearsing his Colored Musical Comedy art-form as he's held tightly by his gorgeous chorus girls, the Harperettes.

Rhythm For Sale personifies Harper and puts all the meat on the bones of his world, filled with his famous and fascinating friends like Ellington, "Fats" Waller, Armstrong, Calloway, and Basie. The tome transfuses the Harlem Renaissance by humanizing it literally with a blood type that flows with rhythm. Take Roots add the best of the jazz era and attach some sexy, titillating chorus girls, and you got Rhythm Foe Sale. Its all the way live Baby.

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Descrizione libro Dr. Grant Harper Reid, United States, 2013. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Rhythm For Sale the 5-Star Journey Grand Prize Chanticleer Award Winning book and one of the Best Self-Published books for 2015 by the IndieReader staff. 2015 Gold Award Winner. About Harlem Renaissance producer Leonard Harper s life. Reid has documented Harper s tale with decades of research and the careful chronological arrangement of the facts. Reid begins with Leonard Harper as a young pickaninny boy dancing in Medicine shows in the racist South. After leaving Alabama, Harper tours the country with his song and dance partner Osceola Blanks, and they wind up performing at the Empire Theater in London. As a married couple Harper and Blanks, arrive back in the States smack dab in the middle of the Harlem Renaissance. Pianist Duke Ellington moves in with them. Harper is hired to be the main in-house producer at Harlem s fabled Connie s Inn nightclub. Rhythm For Sale just gets started as Harper opens up his downtown Times Square Dance Studio. He teaches the Marx Brothers, Ruby Keller, Adele Astaire and Busby Berkeley s chorus line in the fine art of (Dirty Colored), dancing with that little extra something in the butt department. He forms his famous chorus-line the Harperettes, who jiggle and joggle in skimpy outfits while setting dance floors on fire. Leonard Harper produces in at least eight nightclubs and theaters just in New York City alone. The Cotton Club, the Hollywood Inn, Al Capone s Grand Terrace Cafe, the Lafayette Theater, and the Apollo Theater all owe their status and particular place in nightclub and theater entertainment history to Harper and his fast variety revues. He rules the nightclub and Black Musical Comedy world on The Great White Way and uptown in Harlem. Black And Blue and Ain t Misbehavin all came from Harper s Hot Chocolates and only Rhythm For Sale, tells the true story behind the making of that all-time legendary Broadway sensational revue. The book is chock full of celebrities and gangsters who come and go. Ethel Waters, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Chick Webb, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Dutch Schultz and Lucky Luciano are all integral players in Harper s show business world. Grandson Grant does not disappoint. These real life characters come to life. No cardboard cutout characters are in this book. It s not all the razzle and dazzle of the bright stage lights in this tome. Rhythm For Sale finely peals away beyond the surface to reveal what lurks underneath the facade. Like a master chef, the author delves deep inside the ingredients of Harper s complicated personal life. We examine his relationships with his possessive mother, jealous brother, crippled and bitter wife, sexy girlfriends and his loving daughter. The book ends with Harper s 1943 downfall. When Harper s variety revue form of Colored Musical Comedy is, deemed out of date with his audience, his time on earth expires. His sad downfall is inevitable as the master stager is trapped and held captive of his past success. Perhaps the racial pigeonhole that forced him into working for only small-time Harlem nightspots caused his death. A Harlem street was named Leonard Harper Way because of the contents and subject of this book. Clearly Leonard Harper was just about the most important contributor to the entertainment mystique that enveloped Harlem in the 1920 s and 1930 s. He essentially invented the nightclub floorshow, Harlem style that everyone, uptown and down, then emulated. Without him, I doubt we would have Broadway musicals as we know them today. Barry Singer author of Black And Blue. Harper s extraordinary accomplishments as an artist and innovator spanned the worlds of vaudeville, cabaret, burlesque and Broadway musical comedy. Harper is also remembered as a pioneer who integrated the all-white Shubert touring circuit and directed Hot Chocolates the first ever Broadway production with an all-black creative team. Jed Bernstein President o. Codice libro della libreria APC9780615678283

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Descrizione libro Dr. Grant Harper Reid, United States, 2013. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Rhythm For Sale the 5-Star Journey Grand Prize Chanticleer Award Winning book and one of the Best Self-Published books for 2015 by the IndieReader staff. 2015 Gold Award Winner. About Harlem Renaissance producer Leonard Harper s life. Reid has documented Harper s tale with decades of research and the careful chronological arrangement of the facts. Reid begins with Leonard Harper as a young pickaninny boy dancing in Medicine shows in the racist South. After leaving Alabama, Harper tours the country with his song and dance partner Osceola Blanks, and they wind up performing at the Empire Theater in London. As a married couple Harper and Blanks, arrive back in the States smack dab in the middle of the Harlem Renaissance. Pianist Duke Ellington moves in with them. Harper is hired to be the main in-house producer at Harlem s fabled Connie s Inn nightclub. Rhythm For Sale just gets started as Harper opens up his downtown Times Square Dance Studio. He teaches the Marx Brothers, Ruby Keller, Adele Astaire and Busby Berkeley s chorus line in the fine art of (Dirty Colored), dancing with that little extra something in the butt department. He forms his famous chorus-line the Harperettes, who jiggle and joggle in skimpy outfits while setting dance floors on fire. Leonard Harper produces in at least eight nightclubs and theaters just in New York City alone. The Cotton Club, the Hollywood Inn, Al Capone s Grand Terrace Cafe, the Lafayette Theater, and the Apollo Theater all owe their status and particular place in nightclub and theater entertainment history to Harper and his fast variety revues. He rules the nightclub and Black Musical Comedy world on The Great White Way and uptown in Harlem. Black And Blue and Ain t Misbehavin all came from Harper s Hot Chocolates and only Rhythm For Sale, tells the true story behind the making of that all-time legendary Broadway sensational revue. The book is chock full of celebrities and gangsters who come and go. Ethel Waters, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Chick Webb, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Dutch Schultz and Lucky Luciano are all integral players in Harper s show business world. Grandson Grant does not disappoint. These real life characters come to life. No cardboard cutout characters are in this book. It s not all the razzle and dazzle of the bright stage lights in this tome. Rhythm For Sale finely peals away beyond the surface to reveal what lurks underneath the facade. Like a master chef, the author delves deep inside the ingredients of Harper s complicated personal life. We examine his relationships with his possessive mother, jealous brother, crippled and bitter wife, sexy girlfriends and his loving daughter. The book ends with Harper s 1943 downfall. When Harper s variety revue form of Colored Musical Comedy is, deemed out of date with his audience, his time on earth expires. His sad downfall is inevitable as the master stager is trapped and held captive of his past success. Perhaps the racial pigeonhole that forced him into working for only small-time Harlem nightspots caused his death. A Harlem street was named Leonard Harper Way because of the contents and subject of this book. Clearly Leonard Harper was just about the most important contributor to the entertainment mystique that enveloped Harlem in the 1920 s and 1930 s. He essentially invented the nightclub floorshow, Harlem style that everyone, uptown and down, then emulated. Without him, I doubt we would have Broadway musicals as we know them today. Barry Singer author of Black And Blue. Harper s extraordinary accomplishments as an artist and innovator spanned the worlds of vaudeville, cabaret, burlesque and Broadway musical comedy. Harper is also remembered as a pioneer who integrated the all-white Shubert touring circuit and directed Hot Chocolates the first ever Broadway production with an all-black creative team. Jed Bernstein President o. Codice libro della libreria APC9780615678283

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Descrizione libro Dr. Grant Harper Reid. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Paperback. 300 pages. Dimensions: 9.1in. x 5.9in. x 1.0in.The all new Revised Edition of RHYTHM FOR SALEwith new photos and exciting new information is delivered on a platter with Grants down to earth writing style. Look for the pretty dancer on the cover. This New Revised Edition ofRhythm For Saleis the true story of a poverty stricken God loving Alabama pickaninny boy with enormous stage gifts named Leonard Harper who danced for pennies in Medicine shows to survive and grows up to use his skills to conquer and desegregate The Great White Waywhile dominating the nightclub floor-show world of entertainment in the 1920s and 1930s. Rhythm For Sale The Revised Editionstarts off detailing the rise of the husband and wife team of Harper and Blanks the follows Harper the unequaled pioneering producer as he implements his lavish fast stepping floor-shows with his sparsely clad voluptuous chorus girls who jiggle, joggle and bust out with rhythm while electrifying the entire nation. We read about Harper and his doings uptown at gangster Dutch Schultzs controlled Connies Inn and downtown at Charles Lucky Lucianos hangout the Kentucky Club and in Al Capones Chicago Windy City version of the Cotton Club the Grant Terrace Cafe nightclub . This New Edition of Rhythm For Sale concludes with the detailing of the dramatic elements behind Leonard Harpers eventual 1943 ruinous downfall as his form of revue entertainment becomes passe and irrelevant as hes imprisoned and pigeonholed into only staging inside career gagging small Harlem nightclubs leading to his climactic death. All told in a straightforward way by his grandson Dr. Reid who fills the book with new photos and more exciting information. Clearly Leonard Harper was just about the most important contributor to the entertainment mystique that enveloped Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s. He essentially invented the nightclub floorshow, Harlem style that everyone, uptown and down, then emulated. He was apparently one of the great dancers of his generation and one hell of a stage director and choreographer. Without him, I doubt we would have Broadway musicals as we know them today. -Barry Singer author of Black And Blue: The Life And Lyrics Of Andy Razaf. Harpers extraordinary accomplishments as an artist and innovator spanned the worlds of vaudeville, cabaret, burlesque and Broadway musical comedy. As a dancer, choreographer and studio owner, he coached many of the countrys leading performers, including Ruby Keller, Fred and Adele Astaire and the Marx Brothers. As a nightclub and Broadway producer, he counted Billie Holiday, Ethel Waters, Duke Ellington, Bill Bojangles Robinson and Count Basie among his colleagues. He introduced Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway to New York show business, and worked with Mae West, Josephine Baker, Lena Horne, Fats Waller and Eubie Blake. Harper is also remembered as a pioneer who integrated the all-white Shubert touring circuit and directed Hot Chocolates the first ever Broadway production with an all-black creative team. -Jed Bernstein former Executive Director of LIVE Broadway. rhythmforsale. com This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Codice libro della libreria 9780615678283

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