Tropicana Nights The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub

ISBN-10: 0156032600
ISBN-13: 9780156032605
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Description: At Tropicana you could play the roulette wheel, dance to the latest mambo or rumba, or simply ogle the parading goddesses of the flesh. It was the brightest jewel in 1950s Cuban nightlife, and Nat "King" Cole, Liberace, Josephine Baker, and Carmen  More...

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List price: $23.95
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/9/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

At Tropicana you could play the roulette wheel, dance to the latest mambo or rumba, or simply ogle the parading goddesses of the flesh. It was the brightest jewel in 1950s Cuban nightlife, and Nat "King" Cole, Liberace, Josephine Baker, and Carmen Miranda performed there before audi-ences that included Ernest Hemingway, Marlon Brando, and Joan Crawford. In "Tropicana Nights," Rosa Lowinger and Ofelia Fox, widow of Martin Fox, the club's last owner, take us back to its glory years. Ofelia, the "first lady" of Tropicana, shares her memo-ries, undimmed by decades of exile, with Rosa Lowinger, also a Cuban exile, whose parents frequented the club in its heyday. Together, Lowinger and Fox vividly portray the cultural rich-ness and roiling social problems of pre-Revolutionary Cuba and take the reader on a tour of one of the world's most glam-orous venues at its most brilliant moment.

Rosa Lowinger was born in Havana and grew up in Miami. A writer and art conservator, she first visited Tropicana in 1998 and, as she put it, was "struck dumb" by its beauty. She lives with her family in Los Angeles. Ofelia Fox (1924-2006) married Tropicana owner Martin Fox in 1952. They moved to Miami in 1962. After her husband's death, she became a teacher and playwright and was twice awarded the Carlos Felipe Award.

Prologue: The Flight
Introductions
A Nickel on the Butterfly
The Boulevard of the New World
The Peanut Vendor
Valentin
Waiting Things Out
Covering Your Bets
Arcos de Cristal
The Santos and the Song-and-Dance Man
The Two Loves of Martin Fox
The Coup
Mambo a la Tropicana
The Leap
The Circus
On Diamonds, Razzle, and Goddesses of the Flesh
"The Guajiro has gone crazy!"
Cabaret in the Sky
Esta es mi Cuba, Mister
Shattered Slots
Rumba at the Presidential Palace
Bongo Congo
The House on Beacom Boulevard
Noche de Ronda
Acknowledgments
A List of Rodney's Tropicana Shows
Author's Note on Sources
Dates of Interviews
Bibliography
Index

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