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ISBN-10:

0061173037

Publication Year:

2008

ISBN-13:

9780061173035

Language:

English

Author:

John Capouya

Subject:

Sports & Recreation

Format:

Trade Cloth

Topic:

Wrestling

ISBN:

9780061173035

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Synopsis
This is the first-ever biography of the legendary wrestler Gorgeous George, filled with incredible never-before-told stories. George directly influenced the likes of Muhammad Ali, who took his bragging and boasting from George; James Brown, who began to wear sequined capes onstage after seeing George on TV; John Waters, whose films featured the outrageous drag queen Divine as an homage to George; and too many wrestlers to count. Amid these pop culture discoveries are firsthand accounts of the pro wrestling game from the 1930s to the 1960s. The ideal American male used to be stoic, quiet, and dignified. But for a young couple struggling to make ends meet, in the desperation born of the lingering Depression and wartime rationing, an idea was hatched that changed the face of American popular culture, an idea so bold, so over-the-top and absurd, that it was perfect. That idea transformed journeyman wrestler George Wagner from a dark-haired, clean-cut good guy to a peroxide-blond braggart who blatantly cheated every chance he got. Crowds were stunnedthey had never seen anything like this beforeand they came from miles around to witness it for themselves. Suddenly Georgeguided by Betty, his pistol of a wifewas a draw. With his golden tresses grown long and styled in a marcel, George went from handsome to . . . well . . . gorgeous overnight, the small, dank wrestling venues giving way to major arenas. As if the hair wasn't enough, his robesunmanly things of silk, lace, and chiffon in pale pinks, sunny yellows, and rich mauveswere but a prelude to the act: the regal entrance, the tailcoat-clad valet spraying the mat with perfume, the haughty looks and sneers for the "peasants" who paid to watch this outrageously prissy hulk prance around the ring. How they loved to see his glorious mane mussed up by his manly opponents. And how they loved that alluringly alliterative name . . . Gorgeous George . . . the self-proclaimed Toast of the Coast, the Sensation of the Nation! All this was timed to the arrival of that new invention everyone was talking abouttelevision. In its early days, professional wrestling and its larger-than-life characters dominated prime-time broadcastsnone more so than Gorgeous George, who sold as many sets as Uncle Miltie. Fans came in drovesto boo him, to stick him with hatpins, to ogle his gowns, and to rejoice in his comeuppance. He was the man they loved to hate, and his provocative, gender-bending act took him to the top of the entertainment world. America would never be the same again.

Product Identifiers
ISBN-100061173037
ISBN-139780061173035

Key Details
AuthorJohn Capouya
Number Of Pages304 pages
FormatHardcover
Publication Date2008-09-02
LanguageEnglish
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers

Additional Details
Copyright Date2008
IllustratedYes

Dimensions
Weight19.2 Oz
Height1.2 In.
Width6.3 In.
Length9.3 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade

Classification Method
LCCN2007-051749
LC Classification NumberGV1196.G43C36 2008
Dewey Decimal796.812092 B
Dewey Edition22

Reviews
"...[Capouya] delivers a solid, entertaining book about a long-forgotten character and a peculiar slice of American history."

"After I saw Gorgeous George?[that] helped to create the James Brown you see onstage." (James Brown, Godfather of Soul)

"As a show-biz bio and, for those who subscribe to a loose definition of sport, a sports bio, too, this is great stuff, entertaining and well referenced."

"Capouya vividly portrays the ins and outs of wrestling and [Wagner's] own struggle to maintain the 'Gorgeousness' of a public life in his private life as well."

"Capouya's biography vividly re-creates Gorgeous George's antics and the world in which he had more shock value than a numerically named wideout could hope for today."

"Compelling. . . . The tension between George's excess and his era's reserve is one of many in his story, and those are what make Capouya's cultural anthropology so interesting."

"Compulsively entertaining..."

"Finally, the tawdry but glamorous details behind the legend of one of my first childhood heroes. Gorgeous George is such a good read I felt like bleaching my hair afterwards."

"Former Newsweek editor John Capouya reveals the gory underworld of pre-WWE wrestling and shows how the Gorgeous One inspired James Brown, who loved George's robes, and Muhammad Ali, whose "I am the prettiest" echoed the wrestler's own vainglorious boasts."

"Gorgeous George invented a style of showmanship that was imitated by entertainers and athletes. With this biography, John Capouya has done an excellent job in introducing the most inventive of sport's anti-heroes to a new generation of readers."

"I don't know if I was made for television, or television was made for me."

"In GORGEOUS GEORGE, Capouya combines extensive research and interviews with a colorful writing style and presents Gorgeous George as a cultural pioneer...Capouya's words are as fast-paced as the action in the ring and connect with the reader as solidly as a dropkick to George's kisser."

"Liberace stole my entire act, including the candelabra!"

"Like the man himself, this inside look at a legendary performer challenges the reader to think beyond the wrestling ring. We give it four suplexes out of five."

"One can explain the American condition as an eternal, televised battle between the Babyface and the Heel. That said, there's never been a heel like Gorgeous George. John Capouya has done a fine job here, excavating a forgotten life and explaining why it mattered."

"Terrifically, tantalizingly weird. . . . GORGEOUS GEORGE does leave the words of one long-ago sports reporter ringing in your ears: 'Oh, my, what a strut. If only this man had been born in the barnyard. What a rooster he would have made.'"

"You see the title of John Capouya's biography of Gorgeous George - which claims the flamboyant wrestler "created pop culture" - and you are struck by its audacity. A wrestler responsible for something that important? Impossible. But as you go through the pages, you can't help but agree."

'�...[Capouya] delivers a solid, entertaining book about a long-forgotten character and a peculiar slice of American history.'�

'�As a show-biz bio and, for those who subscribe to a loose definition of sport, a sports bio, too, this is great stuff, entertaining and well referenced.'�

'�Capouya vividly portrays the ins and outs of wrestling and [Wagner's] own struggle to maintain the 'Gorgeousness' of a public life in his private life as well.'�

'�Capouya's biography vividly re-creates Gorgeous George's antics and the world in which he had more shock value than a numerically named wideout could hope for today.'�

'�Compelling. . . . The tension between George's excess and his era's reserve is one of many in his story, and those are what make Capouya's cultural anthropology so interesting.'�

'�Compulsively entertaining...'�

'�Finally, the tawdry but glamorous details behind the legend of one of my first childhood heroes. Gorgeous George is such a good read I felt like bleaching my hair afterwards.'�

'�Former Newsweek editor John Capouya reveals the gory underworld of pre-WWE wrestling and shows how the Gorgeous One inspired James Brown, who loved George's robes, and Muhammad Ali, whose '�I am the prettiest'� echoed the wrestler's own vainglorious boasts.'�

'�Gorgeous George invented a style of showmanship that was imitated by entertainers and athletes. With this biography, John Capouya has done an excellent job in introducing the most inventive of sport's anti-heroes to a new generation of readers.'�

'�I don't know if I was made for television, or television was made for me.'�

'�In GORGEOUS GEORGE, Capouya combines extensive research and interviews with a colorful writing style and presents Gorgeous George as a cultural pioneer...Capouya's words are as fast-paced as the action in the ring and connect with the reader as solidly as a dropkick to George's kisser.'�

'�Liberace stole my entire act, including the candelabra!'�

'�Like the man himself, this inside look at a legendary performer challenges the reader to think beyond the wrestling ring. We give it four suplexes out of five.'�

'�One can explain the American condition as an eternal, televised battle between the Babyface and the Heel. That said, there's never been a heel like Gorgeous George. John Capouya has done a fine job here, excavating a forgotten life and explaining why it mattered.'�

'�Terrifically, tantalizingly weird. . . . GORGEOUS GEORGE does leave the words of one long-ago sports reporter ringing in your ears: 'Oh, my, what a strut. If only this man had been born in the barnyard. What a rooster he would have made.''�

'�You see the title of John Capouya's biography of Gorgeous George - which claims the flamboyant wrestler '�created pop culture'� - and you are struck by its audacity. A wrestler responsible for something that important? Impossible. But as you go through the pages, you can't help but agree.'�

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