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Earls Court and Olympia [Hardcover]

John Glanfield
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30 Mar 2003
Dramatic spectacle has gripped - even shocked - audiences at London's Earls Court and Olympia since the cowboy thrills of Buffalo Bill and Roman chariot races first attracted crowds in 1886. The famous venues' exhibitions and special occasions from Royal Tournaments to "Grand Opera" have enthralled millions, while trade shows bring the world to the capital. But how did it all start? Who pioneered these hugely ambitious centres? How did the showmen and impresarios stage enormous and costly productions which would be unrepeatable now? What of the performers and audiences? In those early days the safety bicycle was still a novelty, electric light a matter for wonderment, and reaching for the skies amounted to a balloon, a basket and a bag of sand. Earls Court and Olympia have a long and remarkable history through all the years of changing fashion in entertainment and the world at large. The applause, laughter and music of a thousand shows hang indefinably in their cavernous and rarely silent air. This is a story of crowds and colour, enterprise, courage - and disaster.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd (30 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750929987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750929981
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 19.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 945,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Glanfield was associated with Earls Court and Olympia Ltd for fifteen years. As an exhibitions organiser he first brought a show to Earls Court in'79. He joined the company in '83, becoming halls director of Olympia and Earls Court. His forty years experience in industry means he is well placed to write this book. He has also written The Devil's Chariots (Sutton, 2001). He lives in Guildford.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What you never knew about exhibition centres ??? 17 Feb 2011
This is a really interesting book. Charting the building right through to present day.
Sadly,Earls Court is under the hammer to be demolished,so thank goodness Mr.Glanfield
has preserved it's history for all future generations to enjoy.I myself have attended
many exhibitions in both these wonderful places and so pleased to find this wonderful book.
The writing is superb and the photography is really nostalgic, with both b/w and colour
snaps.I highly recommend this book not only for yourself but to give as a gift when you
have that certain person in the catogory "what shall I buy them" is sure to please.
Earls Court and Olympia
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