Cult Vegas

1251Mike 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.

About the Author: Mike Weatherford