Cafe Society - 
      Barney Josephson
    
      Terry Trilling-Josephson
    
      Dan Morgenstern

Cafe Society

The wrong place for the Right people

; Terry Trilling-Josephson ; Dan Morgenstern (Forord)

«<i>Cafe Society</i> is a valuable document in the long, complex tale of America’s popular culture. Barney Josephson played his part in that tale, and played it with honor. And he certainly had a long run."--<i>The Wall Street Journal</i>»

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Forlag: University of Illinois Press
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Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 456
ISBN: 9780252034138
Format: 23 x 15 cm
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«<i>Cafe Society</i> is a valuable document in the long, complex tale of America’s popular culture. Barney Josephson played his part in that tale, and played it with honor. And he certainly had a long run."--<i>The Wall Street Journal</i>»

«<p>"Packed with insights and new facts and anecdotes, and assiduously researched, <i>Cafe Society</i> brings Josephson and his achievements vividly to life, doing its subject, and jazz in general, proud."--<i>AllAboutJazz.com</i><br /></p>»

«An epic ode to personal integrity, creative vision and entrepreneurial tenacity, shedding timely light on the germination of the civil-rights movement."--<i>Kirkus Reviews</i><br /><br /><br />»

«This wonderful, uplifting book tells the story of Barney Josephson and Cafe Society, the jazz cabaret Josephson set up in Greenwich Village, New York City in 1938. . . . Packed with insights and new facts and anecdotes, and assiduously researched, <i>Cafe Society</i> brings Josephson and his achievements vividly to life, doing its subject, and jazz in general, proud."--<i>AllAboutJazz.com</i><br /><br /> “Well-told story entwines entrepreneurial vision, progressive social action and resonant history with stunning photos.”--<i>American History</i><br /><br /> "A very informative and entertaining read with the bonus of 50 pages of rare photographs. . . . Highly recommended."--<i>Jazz Journal</i><br /><br /> "This highly entertaining and historically informative book will bring a lump to the throat of those who attended the jazz and comedy performances at Cafe Society Uptown and Downtown, and warm appreciation from those who lea»

«The lineup of talent [Josephson] discovered and presented (Billie Holiday, Jack Gilford, Hazel Scott, Lena Horne, Zero Mostel and Josh White, among others) is so astonishingly hot that it makes you want to rush into the street and flag down a time-traveling taxi to take you to either the venue in Greenwich Village or its larger satellite Cafe Society Uptown."--<i>Shelf Awareness</i>»

«“Fascinating story of the founder of New York’s Cafe Society nightclub. . . . Highly recommended.”--<i>Choice</i>»

«Mr. Josephson’s voice comes through, gentle, passionate, occasionally larger than life."--<i>The New York Times</i>»

«Josephson was a great raconteur with a love for music, artistic people, and progressive politics. Photographs of the performers, as well as photos of the colorful and cartoonish murals that graced the walls, add to the evocation of a freewheeling ambience in a Depression-era cabaret."--<i>Booklist</i>»


















































































































































































































































































































Forewordxi




Dan Morgenstern

Prefacexv




Terry Trilling-Josephson

Acknowledgmentsxix




Terry Trilling-Josephson

Prelude3(2)




Terry Trilling-Josephson





PART 1: A NIGHTCLUB LIKE NO OTHER





```Take my advice, go back to Trenton and open a shoe store that sells health shoes.'''

5(8)




```I've got Billie Holiday....' `Who is she?' I asked.''

13(5)




``I saw Gypsy Rose Lee do a political striptease.''

18(5)




```Tell your friend to call it Cafe Society.'''

23(7)




``There we were, occupying six windows of the elegant Bergdorf-Goodman.''

30(7)




```What he should have is six goils and one guy.'''

37(4)




```You'll be a big star.'''

41(4)




``Billie looked at me. `What do you want me to do with that, man?'''

45(9)




``You don't keep anybody working for you under contract. That's slavery.''

54(8)




```Never borrow a week's salary from the M.C. to pay other bills.'''

62(4)




```There will be no craps-shooting Negroes in my place.'''

66(11)




PART 2: BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?





``Always hand-me-downs like that, but I had beautiful clothes.''

77(7)




```She was a remarkable woman, way ahead of her time.'''

84(4)




``As natural to me as drinking a glass of milk.''

88(5)




``Leon set up that kind of thing, share and share alike.''

93(3)




``I had never dated a girl.''

96(3)




``The workers sleeps in a old straw bed and shivers from the cold.''

99(6)




PART 3: RIDING THE CREST





``I'm the right man in the wrong place.''

105(5)




```A Rockefeller can afford to wear such a coat.'''

110(6)




``Everybody was making a big fuss over me.''

116(3)




```Lena, what do you think a song is?'''

119(7)




``Truth to tell, I was falling.''

126(6)




``Nine months later she dropped a bomb on me.''

132(4)




```You have to be her trustee.'''

136(7)




```I'm nobody's fat black mammy, but that's how I make my money.'''

143(5)




```Why don't you call him Zero? He's starting from nothing.'''

148(7)




``No Zero.''

155(6)




``We are on the same beam together, Barney and Mildred.''

161(3)




```He'll never come back.'''

164(5)




``She took one leap.''

169(5)




``When Mary Lou plays it all looks so easy.''

174(7)




```I am, believe it or not, usually pretty shy.'''

181(5)




```Mr. Josephson, you are asexual.'''

186(2)




``I notice Adam eyeing Hazel.''

188(6)




```Ladies and gentlemen. This is a zither.'''

194(4)




``I'm being more temperamental than John Barrymore.''

198(5)




```She can't sing.'''

203(3)




```I just saw a woman singing to chairs on empty tables.'''

206(9)




``She took the check and flipped it back to me.''

215(8)




PART 4: BLOODY BUT UNBOWED





```Let's have your passport.'''

223(6)




``No one was building for Negroes.''

229(3)




``The Un-American Activities Committee itself was unconstitutional.''

232(6)




```I won't be coming into the club anymore.'''

238(6)




``Two future presidents were in attendance.''

244(5)




```The great Josephson contradiction.'''

249(4)




```They'll set you up.'''

253(3)




``She blew her cover.''

256(3)




``That's the way she washed herself.''

259(3)




```Will Geer, Will Hare, what the hell's the difference?'''

262(7)




PART 5: BEGINNING AGAIN: THE COOKERY, 1955-82





``Mr. Anonymous''

269(5)




```We did it, Barney. You and me and the Lord Jesus Christ.'''

274(4)




```If he liked an idea, he would do it.'''

278(4)




```I'll tell you, Teddy Wilson, you've just made Barney Josephson cry.'''

282(5)




```He wasn't deceitful about things.'''

287(6)




``All I looked at was her mouth.''

293(8)




```You don't need a contract with Barney Josephson.'''

301(6)




``She and I know the secret of staying young.''

307(6)




```Several times Rosalynn Carter shaped her mouth into O's of amazement.'''

313(5)




```When the inspiration of God is missing, I just rely on talent.'''

318(3)




``Her name meant nothing to me.''

321(3)




```Fame hasn't changed me.'''

324(6)




``In effect, this stripped me of my business.''

330(7)
Postlude337(6)




Terry Trilling-Josephson

Notes343(22)
Index365
Barney Josephson (1902-88) was a night club impresario and producer in New York City. Terry Trilling-Josephson is associate professor emerita of communications and performing arts in one of the twenty-three colleges of The City University of New York.