Tom Crewe: Dance Halls, 7 January 2016
Show More Going to the Palais: A Social and Cultural History of Dancing and Dance Halls in Britain, 1918-60 by James Nott.
Oxford, 327 pp., £65, September 2015, 978 0 19 960519 4Show More
“... of what it felt like to step onto that gleaming floor, with its fizzing alchemy. I had to look in David Kynaston’s Family Britain to find Steven Berkoff, a frequenter of the Tottenham Royal in the 1950s, who said that in the palais ‘you were who you wished to be – warrior, lover, Jimmy Cagney, Tony Curtis, villain, spiv, leader, loner, heavy, Beau ...”