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Gregg Miner
The Curious Career of Vardon, Perry and Wilber(s)?
A Vaudevillian Mystery

Softcover (printed in full color throughout), 120 fully-illustrated pages, with a unique Audio-Visual Appendix!

Summary: This book tells the story of the Vaudeville team of Vardon and Perry and their revolving third team member who always went by the name of "Wilber." Fully illustrated with hundreds of rare images, it describes their career, the act, and the unusual harp guitars they played. Fully footnoted, nine additional appendices provide a scholarly study of every aspect of their career and musical instruments.

ISBN 978-1-7343044-0-4  

Extra Bonus! See the companion page on Harpguitars.net to listen to a recreation of Vardon, Perry & Wilber and see how the recordings and performance decisions were made!

From the Introduction:

"Searching the Internet for Vardon, Perry & Wilber at that time (the early 2000s) revealed little more than a photo of the group. Then things got interesting.

"Before long, a new VP&W image appeared…and Wilber was clearly not the same guy. That seemed odd. I started to do articles and blogs about the mysterious trio. And soon…another Wilber?!

"All this finally got the attention of a descendant of Harry Perry, who explained that Wilber was actually “a fictional character.” And I was off!  How fascinating; two “real” entertainers as themselves and a partner who was made up? Why?

(later…) "For nearly all of the Wilbers, there is evidence that they were a part of long, successful and popular tours. Not only were they professional and undoubtedly talented young men playing what had become a popular “character,” but at least three of the men permanently adopted the surname of “Wilber” as their professional stage name – not just for the gig, but forever afterwards. Dedication, indeed!

"Besides the original Jess Wilber, you’re going to meet another six “stage Wilbers” – some enigmatic, some with their own stories. You’ll also learn about the team’s many harp guitars, which each new Wilber was expected to play – and did!"

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