- By Drew Friedman Penn Jillette

Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks

  • Title: Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks
  • Author: Drew Friedman Penn Jillette
  • ISBN: 9780922233366
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Drew Friedman s Sideshow Freaks Melvin Burkhart the Anatomical Wonder Zip the Pinhead Chang and Eng the original Siamese twins Johnny Eck the King of the Freaks Koo Koo the Birdgirl and fascinating sideshow freaks both famous a

    Melvin Burkhart the Anatomical Wonder Zip the Pinhead Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins Johnny Eck, the King of the Freaks Koo Koo the Birdgirl and 45 fascinating sideshow freaks both famous and obscure are immortalized in Drew Friedman s delightful portraits Before the politically correct impulses of the 1970s squelched the grand American tradition of tMelvin Burkhart the Anatomical Wonder Zip the Pinhead Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins Johnny Eck, the King of the Freaks Koo Koo the Birdgirl and 45 fascinating sideshow freaks both famous and obscure are immortalized in Drew Friedman s delightful portraits Before the politically correct impulses of the 1970s squelched the grand American tradition of the sideshow people born with abnormalities and others, like Jolly Jere the Fat Man, who created their oddity exhibited themselves to the shock and thrill of millions in sideshows nationwide As a youth in the late 60s and early 70s, Drew Friedman often visited Coney Island with his family, and he and his brothers always insisted on seeing the Freak Show Drew Friedman s Sideshow Freaks presents 50 of his favorite historic human oddities famous and obscure in mesmerizing full color portraits As in Warts and All, Old Jewish Comedians, and More Old Jewish Comedians, Drew Friedman once again meticulously, brilliantly, and affectionately brings to life people in the show business, this time focusing on America s oddest performers.

    1 thought on “Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks

    1. If you like this sort of thing, then you'll enjoy Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks. The only problem it that you can read it in less than hour and you probably won't ever read it again. Better to check out from the library or give as a gift than to buy for yourself.

    2. I felt kind of bad reading this, realizing that I am in fact the sort of person who would have paid money at an old-time carnival to see “The Lobster Man” or the bearded lady. I feel like these portraits, though, are actually very nice, like he is paying respect to these people (people just like everyone else) who sometimes actually had a satisfying and successful career out of exhibiting themselves. This is a fascinating book and made me want to find out more about the lives of many of the [...]

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