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The Velvet Hammer Burlesque

Portraits of the voluptuous ensemble, serving up plenty of tassels, tattoos and rock ‘n’ roll on every page.
Michelle Carr
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Release Date: 
January 2008
24 x 32 cm
144 Pages, full color, hardcover

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About This Book

Headed by Michelle Carr, The Velvet Hammer Burlesque is the world famous burlesque troupe based in Los Angeles that has started the era of Neo-Burlesque, reviving the genre of the American tradition, elevating the classical performance. The book presents photographs of the crew’s dancers and performers – a voluptuous ensemble of women – from their savvy, witty on-stage acts as well as a glimpse behind the curtain. The ornately adorned women have brought the “tease” back into striptease with their entertaining bump ‘n’ grind artistry, serving up plenty of tassels, lace, tattoos, booze and rock ‘n’ roll on every page.

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The Velvet Hammer Burlesque has put the “tease” back into striptease. Based in Los Angeles and founded by Michelle Carr, the world famous troupe kick-started the current era of Neo-Burlesque and has caused a furore on stages worldwide. The Velvet Hammer’s shows are a potent cocktail that mixes elements from classical American revues with a post-feminist punk rock attitude. Their intricately choreographed and lovingly costumed performances have much more in common with the tradition of Vaudeville than with the sleazy table dancing of today.

The book The Velvet Hammer Burlesque presents photographs of the group’s voluptuous ensemble of dancers and performers – from their savvy on-stage acts to a glimpse behind the curtain. Beautiful women of all shapes and sizes, most of them don’t correspond to today’s generally accepted, often surgically enhanced ideal. But they all radiate an authentic, raw energy in their routines that mesmerizes the audience until (almost) the last shred of clothing is stripped away.

Every page of The Velvet Hammer Burlesque serves up true American beauty consisting of shapely curves, tattoos, tassels and lace, and fuelled by booze, smoke, rock ‘n’ roll and the desire to live life on the wild side.


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