Meluki's Celtic Catalog

Celtic Culture in Words and Music

My Old Man

My Old Man
Item# 9780007450145

Product Description

Publisher: Harper Collins

Author: John Major

(available October 2013)

Music hall was one of the glories of Victorian England. Sentimental, vulgar, class-conscious but always patriotic, it held a mirror to the audiences' hopes and fears, and the general absurdity of life. This was the world that John Major's father Tom entered as a comedian and singer. In My Old Man, the former prime minister uses his father's story as a springboard for telling the entertaining history of the music hall, from its origins in Elizabethan times through to its heyday in the nineteenth century and eventual decline in the twentieth century. (hb)