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04-Oct-2019

New Book: Mae West and the Count: Love and Loss on the Vaudeville Stage

Book coverA new book “Mae West and the Count: Love and Loss on the Vaudeville Stage” has just been released. Written by Guido Roberto Deiro (the son of Guido Deiro) and based on his father’s oral reports and written documents, the biographic novel delves into the lives of an accordion virtuoso and a notorious beauty whose dual rise to fame in vaudeville and theater stardom remain legendary.

Guido’s life story tells of numerous eccentricities and love affairs, the most notable of which is certainly his involvement with and eventual marriage to stage and film star Mae West.

He was a handsome, charismatic, and spirited person who gained substantial wealth through his performances, music schools and instrument sales. He was responsible for the manufacture of various accordions, some of which are pictured in the book and are identical to models found in A World of Accordions Museum.

Guido’s performance accordion was installed in the AWAM concert hall at Henry Doktorski’s special concert in 2005. It stands alongside that of his brother’s (Pietro Deiro) in the Special Exhibits Area.

Both instruments were donated to AWAM through the generosity of Deiro family members, who bequeathed Guido’s estate to the CUNY Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments, headed by director Allan Atlas.

Book details are:
Paperback: 332 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (March 20, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1977207405
ISBN-13: 978-1977207401
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
Available: online
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