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Cult Vegas

Cult Vegas

Mike Weatherford resurrects the mystique of Vegas’s Golden Age—the ’60s of history and legend—bringing the hipster legacy to new Vegasphiles.

Meet ’50s and ’60s lounge greats the Treniers, the Mary Kaye Trio, and Louis Prima and Keely Smith; comedy legends Joe E. Lewis, Shecky Greene, and Don Rickles; and Vegas “babes” Vampira, Lili St. Cyr, Ann-Margret, and Tempest Storm. Weatherford also covers nearly every offbeat movie ever made about Las Vegas, as well as Elvis and Frank’s impact on the town. This gorgeous entertainment retrospective is packed with showroom esoterica, descriptions of near-forgotten corners of Vegas cult musicology, odd trivia, and unsung heroes of a bygone era.

Cult Vegas chronicles the major moments—the camp, the extreme, the awful—in short, the magic of Las Vegas’ half-century run as an entertainment mecca.

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About The Author(s)

Mike Weatherford
Mike Weatherford, author of Cult Vegas, rolled into Las Vegas on October 29, 1987—the last night Frank, Sammy, and Dean would stand on the same stage on the Strip. Beat down by a long drive, he didn’t make it to that show, but he’s seen plenty of others since then as an entertainment reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Weatherford lives in Las Vegas with his wife and daughter.

Cult Vegas / 258 pages / Mike Weatherford

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