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eBook Polka Happiness (Visual Studies) download ISBN: 0877228191
Author: Charles Keil
Publisher: Temple University Press; First Edition edition (October 21, 1992)
Language: English
Pages: 221
ePub: 1990 kb
Fb2: 1213 kb
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Category: Art and Photo
Subcategory: Performing Arts

Polka Happiness (VISUAL STUDIES) Hardcover – October 1, 1992. Polka Happiness is an absolutely fabulous survey of the polka scene right before the sun set on Polish Town and everyone scattered for the suburbs.

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Using 150 historical and contemporary illustrations, it focuses on the musicians, the fans and the cultural institutions that keep the polka party going.

Polka Happiness celebrates an extraordinarily durable style of dance music that was immensely popular in nineteenth-century Europe and has delighted millions of Americans throughout the twentieth century. Virtually ignored by scholars until recently, polka performance remains an important part of Polish-American family gatherings, weddings, local institutions, and national festivals.

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Polka Happiness celebrates an extraordinarily durable style of dance music that was immensely popular in nineteenth-century Europe and has delighted millions of Americans throughout the twentieth century. Virtually ignored by scholars until recently, polka performance remains an important part of Polish-American family gatherings, weddings, local institutions, and national festivals. For twenty years, Charles Keil, Angeliki V. Keil, and Dick Blau have been a part of the social world of polka music and dancing in the Polish-American bars, church halls, and ballrooms of Rust Belt America. Their exuberant descriptions and images reflect the infectious enthusiasm embodied in polka sociability.The polka scene is more than music and dance. It is a year-round carnival that is improvised anew every weekend: a secular ritual full of high jinks and theater, hilarity and tears, that draws its power from sources deep in both Polish and American experience. After tracing the history of polka's spread throughout the world and the emergence of its distinct styles in the United States, the authors focus on Polish-American polkas in Buffalo and Chicago, comparing them with Slovenian-American polka in Milwaukee. Interviews with musicians and fans, old-timers and young enthusiasts, illustrate how polka culture has resisted the melting pot for more than a century.Polka Happiness celebrates the energy, excitement, and sense of belonging that are shared among generations. Numerous photographs portray the stars of the polka scene - Li'l Wally, Walt Solek, Eddie Blazonczyk, Frankie Yankovic, the DynaTones, and many others - as well as the musicians and the effervescent fans who keep the party going. The book focuses on the importance of the International Polka Association for establishing networks and promoting events, and it describes the intense rivalry between Chicago-style and Eastern-style polka dancers. The rich and raucous experience of the polka comes alive in these pages and attests to the joy of all who join in.
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Sinredeemer
There once were polka dances every weekend in every Polish Town scattered throughout the Rust Belt. Those days are almost at an end but, ah, the memories linger. Polka was an intergral part of Polish Americana.

Polka Happiness is an absolutely fabulous survey of the polka scene right before the sun set on Polish Town and everyone scattered for the suburbs. This book was published in 1992 but much of the material comes from the 70's and 80's. Although it's not completely focused on Polish American polka, it comes close. There's one chapter devoted to Slovenian legend, Frankie Yankovic and everything else is Li'l Wally, Walt Solek, Eddie Zima, Marion Lush, Happy Louie, Eddie Blazonczyk, Lenny Gomulka, and my personal favorite, David "Scrubby" Seweryniak, former frontman extraordinaire for Buffalo's Dynatones.

It's all here, folks, from Eastern-style to Chicago-push. The photos are fantastic. Is their anything hotter than a shapely Polskie dziewczyny twirling around the polka dance floor? I once heard a self-righteous, Chopin-loving, stick-up-his-dupa Pole say he couldn't stand polka, describing it as "bottom-feeder" music. Well, I wouldn't trust that kupa any farther than I could throw him. His great-grandparents probably picked ziemniakow and kapusta right next to mine.

Bravo and hats off to Keil, Keil, and Blau for putting some of that polka happiness to print before it completely faded away.
Livina
Excellent scholarly book on polka music, concentrating predominantly on the Polish style, although one chapter is devoted to the Slovenian-American-style. This book along with Victor Green's "A Passion for Polka" mark two MUST READS for any serious polka aficianado/scholar.