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The Resource Earls Court and Olympia : from Buffalo Bill to the 'Brits', John Glanfield

Earls Court and Olympia : from Buffalo Bill to the 'Brits', John Glanfield

Label
Earls Court and Olympia : from Buffalo Bill to the 'Brits'
Title
Earls Court and Olympia
Title remainder
from Buffalo Bill to the 'Brits'
Statement of responsibility
John Glanfield
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Dramatic spectacle has gripped - even shocked - audiences at London's Earls Court and Olympia since the cowboy thrills of Buffalo Bill and Roman chariot races first attracted crowds in 1886. This is a story of crowds and colour, enterprise, courage - and disaster.
Biographical or historical data
John Glanfield was associated with Earls Court and Olympia Ltd for fifteen years. As an exhibitions organiser he first brought a show to Earls Court in'79. He joined the company in '83, becoming halls director of Olympia and Earls Court. His forty years experience in industry means he is well placed to write this book. He has also written The Devil's Chariots (Sutton, 2001). He lives in Guildford.
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Glanfield, John
Dewey number
  • 942.134
  • 942.134
  • 942.134
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • photographs
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Earls Court (Arena)
  • Earls Court (Arena)
  • Olympia (Arena : England)
  • Concert halls, arenas, stadia
  • Dance & other performing arts
  • Social & cultural history
  • British & Irish history
  • Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
  • 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Architecture: public buildings
  • Dance
  • Other performing arts
  • Social & cultural history
  • European history
Summary expansion
Dramatic spectacle has gripped - even shocked - audiences at London's Earls Court and Olympia since the cowboy thrills of Buffalo Bill and Roman chariot races first attracted crowds in 1886. The famous venues' exhibitions and special occasions from Royal Tournaments to "Grand Opera" have enthralled millions, while trade shows bring the world to the capital. But how did it all start? Who pioneered these hugely ambitious centres? How did the showmen and impresarios stage enormous and costly productions which would be unrepeatable now? What of the performers and audiences? In those early days the safety bicycle was still a novelty, electric light a matter for wonderment, and reaching for the skies amounted to a balloon, a basket and a bag of sand. Earls Court and Olympia have a long and remarkable history through all the years of changing fashion in entertainment and the world at large. The applause, laughter and music of a thousand shows hang indefinably in their cavernous and rarely silent air. This is a story of crowds and colour, enterprise, courage - and disaster
Target audience
general
Label
Earls Court and Olympia : from Buffalo Bill to the 'Brits', John Glanfield
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Hardback
Control code
9780750929981
Dimensions
26x19 cm.
Extent
176 p.
Isbn
9780750929981
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
160 b&w, 40 col., photo., and.
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Earls Court and Olympia : from Buffalo Bill to the 'Brits', John Glanfield
Publication
Note
Hardback
Control code
9780750929981
Dimensions
26x19 cm.
Extent
176 p.
Isbn
9780750929981
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
160 b&w, 40 col., photo., and.
Specific material designation
regular print

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