Titolo: Miami Beach Memories: A Nostalgic Chronicle ...
Casa editrice: Globe Pequot
Data di pubblicazione: 2006
Condizione libro: very good
Gently used. Expect delivery in 20 days. Codice inventario libreria 9780762740666-3
Riassunto: Miami Beach Memories: A Nostalgic Chronicle of Days Gone By is an oral history of the people and events that shaped this tropical island from the 1920s through the 1960s. To create this engaging and accessible volume, Biondi interviewed 101 residents, from maids and taxi drivers to burlesque strippers, convicted criminals, and famous actors and comedians. Their memories form a vivid portrait of life in the island's "Golden Era," one marked by incredible cultural and social changes. In addition, hundreds of black-and-white archival photos, some by famous celebrity photographer Ray Fisher, bring these voices and Miami Beach's history to life.
Dal risvolto interno:
A spit of sand barely 15 miles long and a mile wide, Miami Beach is known throughout the world as a tropical haven and vacation playground—a neon-lit Garden of Eden dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure.
In 1920, it was a rugged barrier island with just a handful of hardy residents; over the five decades that followed, it transformed into a mecca of celebrity culture and headline events. Memories abound from that historic era—memories of the 1920s, when Johnny Weissmuller flaunted his freestyle skills at area pools; of the 1930s, when Desi Arnaz strummed his first guitar; of World War II, when Clark Gable romanced more than one local girl; of the Fabulous Fifties, when the Rat Pack owned the joint; and of the 1960s, when Muhammad Ali snagged the heavyweight championship of the world in the city auditorium.
But not every memory is a happy one. Behind the glitz and glamour of Miami Beach were darker experiences, including blatant racism and religious prejudice, that have been intentionally forgotten from the collective psyche. In that sense, the island is a sandbox full of paradoxes.
To capture the complex realities of Miami Beach from the 1920s through the 1960s, veteran journalist Joann Biondi interviewed 101 residents and visitors—comedians and actors, singers and strippers, artists and politicians, lawyers and land developers, waiters and maids, even a Native American chief and a former U.S. attorney general. Their personal anecdotes and photographs, along with rare memorabilia from the era, document Miami Beach history in a way no third-person narrative can.
A nostalgic chronicle of days gone by, Miami Beach Memories is an eclectic collage of what life was once like on this tiny but fascinating island.
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