University of Hertfordshire

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Period15 Feb 2018

References

TitleAnother Man previews a new book about the golden age of British Wrestling
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletAnother Magazine
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date15/02/18
DescriptionWrestling is a strange yet compelling spectacle to witness. Part sport, part pantomime, it marries physical exertion and theatrical performance in equal measure. In the UK, wrestling experienced its golden age from the 1950s until the late 1980s – a period that formed the subject of an exhibition and now a book by curator and writer Kerry William Purcell. “This book aims to be a visual history of the outfits, the often genuine antagonism, the holds and moves, the larger-than-life characters, the role of women wrestlers, and the audience itself, which will all be showcased via photographs, original posters, magazines, flyers, the costumes, and much more,” he explains over email. These images were collected by Purcell himself and will sit alongside interviews with key figures from the scene, as well as fans. Here, alongside a preview of this book, which is currently still seeking backers, Purcell tells us more about this world and his personal relationship to it.
PersonsKerry Purcell

Description

Wrestling is a strange yet compelling spectacle to witness. Part sport, part pantomime, it marries physical exertion and theatrical performance in equal measure. In the UK, wrestling experienced its golden age from the 1950s until the late 1980s – a period that formed the subject of an exhibition and now a book by curator and writer Kerry William Purcell. “This book aims to be a visual history of the outfits, the often genuine antagonism, the holds and moves, the larger-than-life characters, the role of women wrestlers, and the audience itself, which will all be showcased via photographs, original posters, magazines, flyers, the costumes, and much more,” he explains over email. These images were collected by Purcell himself and will sit alongside interviews with key figures from the scene, as well as fans. Here, alongside a preview of this book, which is currently still seeking backers, Purcell tells us more about this world and his personal relationship to it.