Peter Benes talks to Carrie Healey of NEPR about his new book For a Short Time Only: Itinerants and the Resurgence of Popular Culture in Early America.
Peter Benes has devoted the last thirty years to tracing the history of early American traveling entertainers. Benes says it started in 1686 in Boston, with these entertainers traveling to Hartford, Springfield and right on up the Pioneer Valley. They brought with them — “pop culture,” or some early form of it.
Benes and New England Public Radio’s Carrie Healy met in an Historic Deerfield meetinghouse, to talk about the findings in his new book — “For A Short Time Only” — named after a popular catch phrase used by performers to advertise their shows.