Baker, Josephine. (1906-1975)

The Original Charleston. Musique de Cecil Mack et Jimmy Johnson dansé par Joséphine Baker dans l'Hyper-Revue des Folies Bergère "La Folie du Jour" ...

Paris: Editions Francis Salabert. [1926]. First Edition thus. Quarto Original bifolium sheet music with pictorial covers, loosely inserted singlesheet, letterpress recto only. A little rubbed externally, with a soft diagonal crease through the front cover, but overall a very good example. Uncommon, just 3 copies listed by Worldcat (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Biblioteca Comunale di Trento, Zentralbibliothek Zurich).

In 1926 Baker left the Revue Negre to join the Folies Bergère and her success became a sensation. The Charleston formed the finale of a frenetic show, the critic André Rouverge writing in the Mercure de France that “the Charleston, as danced à la Baker, fairly boils over with diabolic intensity”. This score features a blissful dancing La Baker by R. de Valerio on the cover, and loosely inserted is a singlesheet “Théorie du Charleston” by Pradère-Niquet, Professeur de l’Académie Baraduc, giving detailed instructions for the dance. (12375)


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