Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Burlypedia: Banned in Boston

The Puritan-founded city of Boston maintained strict censorship rules when it came to theatrical performances, movies and concerts. From the 19th century on Boston officials regularly banned anything they found to be objectionable, salacious, inappropriate or offensive. The phrase Banned in Boston was used to describe the books, movies and other performances that were prohibited in the city. In burlesque, dancers around the country would perform the Boston or clean version of their routines when cops or vice officials were known to be in the audience. The last of the Boston city censors was Richard Sinnott. After banning Marvin Gaye and the Jackson Five, the appropriately named censor left the post in 1982 when the city elminated the position. In the words of the banned R&B singer, Boston was finally free to get it on.


Anonymous said...

Do you know who this is a picture of? I'm pretty sure it's Cherry Lix, who dances with Twilight Vixen Revue, which is in San Francisco, not Boston. Am I right?

Kelly DiNardo said...

I don't know who it is. I was looking for a general picture, not something Boston specific. But if someone knows who it is, please e-mail me so I can give the proper credit.

Scratch said...

Would you like a Boston specific picture?

Penny Whistle said...

I checked with Cherry, and that is indeed her backside!

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