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Cupid Stunts:The Life & Radio Times Of Kenny Everett [Kindle Edition]

David Stafford , Caroline Stafford
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On paper, Kenny Everett's qualifications did not look promising - not much in the way of education, physique or social skills, just a gift for funny voices, an oblique imagination and a way with a tape recorder. Yet, by an odd twist of fate, when in the 1960's and 70's the British radio revolution transformed the aural landscape, funny voices, oblique imagination and a way with a tape recorder were the precise and perfect qualities the world was crying out for. Ever a corporate player, Kenny was frequently fired, yet still went on to reinvent television. Meanwhile, outside the studios, the challenge to 'get a life' brought moments of ecstasy, frequent bother and at least one suicide attempt. And at the exact moment when tabloid frenzy about the AIDS epidemic reached its peak, he came out.This new biography, based on intricate documentary research as well as interviews with colleagues, friends and enemies - including Alexei Sayle, Barry Cryer, David Mallet and "Whispering" Bob Harris - not only gets under the skin of the man, but also gives a taste of the times. It captures the novelty and excitement of hearing all-pop radio for the first time, the terror and bluster of the high-ups, the brilliant blossoming of gay culture throughout the 70s and 80s, and the tragedy and vile hypocrisy that surrounded the AIDS epidemic.

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About the Author

David Stafford has worked on and off for BBC radio and television since 1973. He worked at Thames TV, sometimes in the next studio to Kenny's show, and made an award winning series at Capital Radio while Kenny was upstairs winning awards of his own. He knows the turf intimately. Caroline and David's biography of Lionel Bart, Fings Ain't Wot They Used T' Be, published by Omnibus Press In 2011, was chosen as BBC Radio 4's Book Of The Week and short listed for a Sheridan Morley Award.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2875 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (29 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D3LRRN6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #317,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could make a fan of you! 11 Dec. 2013
By LindaS
I started off reading this because I enjoyed the Stafford's book about Lionel Bart. I had no strong feelings about Kenny Everett.
Now I've finished it, it's made me want to search the internet for recordings of Kenny. I had not realised what an innovator he was.
Plus he seems to have inspired such love and loyalty from people who knew him - unusual for a comedian! The ending is very
moving and sensitively told. I can really recommend this as an engrossing, beautifully-written read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid biography 14 July 2013
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This is an entertaining and interesting read, written in an impressive and witty style, with amusing turns of phrase to keep the reader's interest. The matter of Kenny's illness and death are covered with great sensitivity. The research and the number of quotes and anecdotes from Kenny's friends is impressive. I greatly enjoyed reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A seriously good read 1 July 2013
By Martin
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If you were a fan of Kenny - or even if you didn't know much about this brilliant man - the text just flowed off the page. It is kind retrospective book about Kenny and the end almost brought me to tears. This is one I shall read again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book about a wonderful talent 20 Sept. 2013
By Eugenie
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this is a brilliantly entertaining biography of a unique genius. For those of us who were around & listening to Radio London & the early radio 1 this is a feast of nostalgia & reinforces what we all knew - Kenny was the Best Ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 10 Dec. 2013
By Charlie
Hugely enjoyable read. I grew up watching and listening to Kenny Everett so it was great to get an insight into the man and his life. Recommended for fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best possible taste! 16 May 2013
By gavin
I loved the authors previous biography on LIONEL BART so awaited KENNY EVERETT with anticipation. It's hugely entertaining and has revealing chapters on his association with The Beatles, Pirate Radio and his early experiments with tape recorders. It's wonderfully witty and will appeal not only to fans of Kenny but anyone with an interest in the era. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The mad scientist of popular music radio 17 Jun. 2013
Everything changes. Thirty years ago I used to love Kenny Everett's TV shows but watching them today they leave me cold. I just don't find them funny any more. The jokes seem as if they have come out of a Christmas cracker or a discarded seaside postcard, the humour seeming crude, basic and totally lacking any semblance of subtlety. Kenny Everett didn't do subtlety. Back on the late 70's and 80's though, the Kenny Everett shows were seen as cutting edge - wacky, punchy and daringly cheeky. In those days Everett was massive, briefly up there with comedy legends like Morecambe & Wise and the Two Ronnies. Unfortunately Everett's humour has not dated quite as well as theirs has.

It would be a shame though if Everett is allowed to become nothing more than a footnote in the history of light entertainment because Everett was much more than just a manic funny man. Everett was also an innovator who changed the way that popular music was, and still is, presented. He could perfectly acceptably be described as the mad scientist of pop radio and this timely autobiography should, I hope, remind people that that Everett was an extremely important figure in British culture.

It was the advent of the tape recorder that changed the life of the young Kenny Everett. Before discovering the tricks that could be done with a reel to reel tape recorder (and also the infinitely greater number that could be done with two tape recorders) he was the shy but subversive Maurice Cole from Crosby, but his wizardry with the tape recorder would eventually lead him to being Captain Kremmen, the world's most fabulous man and captain of the fabled Space Corps.
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