The history of cabaret is a fantastic mixed bag said to have gotten its start in the Montmartre district of late-nineteenth-century Paris, specifically when the famous bohemian hangout Le Chat Noir opened its doors to a motley crew of artist types eager to share their talents in a casual environment. Salon discussions, early comedians and cancan dancers rubbed elbows there, as did the likes of Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Paul Verlaine and August Strindberg; later, the genre underwent a decadent facelift in Weimar-era Germany, morphing into an uncensored style made famous first by... More >>>