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James Hogg , Robert Sellers
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12 Sep 2013

Spontaneous, hilarious, irrepressible and, of course, trailblazing - Kenny Everett was revolutionary in television and radio comedy. Chris Evans, Chris Moyles, Rob Brydon and Steve Wright have all cited Kenny as a huge influence on their work - even the great Spike Milligan called him a genius. It was Kenny who developed the radio show format with which we are so familiar today: a mix of music, jingles, funny voices and sound effects. When he seamlessly made the move to television in the seventies, he created unforgettable characters such as Sid Snot, Cupid Stunt and Marcel Wave.

Rarely seen without a smile on his face in public, in reality, Kenny was a deeply insecure man who suffered severe bouts of depression. He also struggled with his sexuality, only coming out to the public in 1985. Diagnosed with HIV in 1987, Kenny died in 1995.

This in-depth and affectionate biography has been fully authorised by Kenny's family and contains original interviews with Kenny's sister, Kate and with his former wife, Lee, as well as entertainment figures such as Barry Cryer, Cliff Richard, Chris Tarrant and Paul Gambaccini. Packed with fabulous stories about the highs and lows of Kenny's life, his great friendships with The Beatles and Freddie Mercury, this is a book that any fan of comedy and entertainment must read.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593072111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593072110
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fully authorised biography of this adored pioneer of radio and television comedy.

About the Author

Having researched comedy since his mid-teens, James Hogg started writing in 2005. His first book, the biography of James Robertson Justice, What's the Bleeding Time, Sir? was published in 2008. He also collaborated with Robert Sellers on Little Ern! The Authorised Biography of Ernie Wise. After an eight-year stint at Yorkshire County Cricket Club, James now devotes his time purely to writing and researching.

Robert Sellers is the author of more than ten books on popular culture, including the bestselling Hellraisers series, as well as the definitive book on the genesis of the Bond franchise, The Battle for Bond and the true history of Handmade Films, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. His latest book is the authorised biography of Oliver Reed.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Joy Darlings 18 Sep 2013
I only really remember Kenny Everett from his TV shows. I lived for my weekly dose of Cuddly Ken and, in the days before video recorders were a household item, I would jam my tape recorder up to the TV and make audio recordings of the show. I'd play them over and over again throughout the week to learn the sketches and giggle at the naughty bits.
So this new and authorized biography of Kenny Everett is a real treat because I knew little or nothing about his pioneering work on radio. And it really was pioneering, with elaborate jingles and complicated spicing of bits of tape, to make his shows sound like nothing we'd ever heard before. Even his answer machine message had a four part harmony on it!
This book revels in his career, his amazing technical ability, his skill as a DJ, then his move to TV and how he broke new ground in comedy. It doesn't shy away from the sackings and the private life but that's all told without scandal or titillation because primarily this is a biography by Everett fans for Everett fans.
In fact this is the book fans of not just Kenny Everett but of broadcasting, comedy, music and laughter have all been waiting for.
Even if you only vaguely remember Sid Snot throwing cigarettes in the air in the vain hope he'd catch one in his mouth, or Cupid Stunt's enormous comedy boobs and wildly exaggerated leg crossing, or even if you don't, this book is a joy because that was what Kenny Everett was, an absolute joy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Biography of Brilliance 16 Sep 2013
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I can wholeheartedly recommend this book. The time and love that has been put into it is clear on every page. It serves as a thoroughly compelling & historically accurate account of the man himself. If, like me, you were raised as a child on the wireless majesty of Cuddly Ken, or were merely a fan of his TV shows, you will enjoy reading about the anarchic adventures of your favourite DJ & comedian. It really has brought back some fabulous memories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling reading 20 Oct 2013
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After being a life long fan of Kenny Everett I had to read this book. Kenny's autobiography "The Custard Stops At Hatfield" left me feeling there must of been more to the man than he let on and this book confirms it.
Packed with anecdotes from start to finish and narrated in an engaging way, I feel the mystery behind the man is revealed. Warts and all narrative of a guy frequently walking a fine line between genius and madness, this has been undoubtedly my favourite book of the year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Mr Everett 23 Sep 2013
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This biography is the most complete overview of Kenny's character and career with all the background you could wish for on this amazingly gifted entertainer. The writers have done a thorough research job with memories of Kenny culled from the pals and professionals who knew him best. His crazy concoctions on radio and TV are well known to those who heard and saw him but this book delves a whole lot deeper into his interests, and his interactions with the people who were closest to him including fellow broadcasters, writers, producers plus the many stars who called him friend. Absorbing and fascinating as the man himself, this book is a FAB read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fab read 29 Jun 2014
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I tend to read mostly biographies on my Kindle devices. I don't know if it's the author's prose style or that Kenny led a particularly interesting life, but this book was one of the most enjoyable biographies I've read in ages and genuinely moving towards the end.

Not being a big radio listener it was Kenny's breakout TV show for ITV in the late 70s that first really brought him to my attention. After reading this book I wish I had followed his radio career more closely as Kenny seems to have been tailor-made for the medium.

Not that "The Kenny Everett Video Cassette" was his first TV show, far from it. The book covers several early efforts, including a TV magazine style show he did in the late 60s with Germaine Greer(!). Quite a popular show it seems, a kind of precursor to "That's Life"..

Well worth a read if you remember Cuddly Ken with affection. A good Kindle version too, with practically none of the duff formatting that often creeps into poor conversions. A good photo section too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliantly Researched and Written Biography 6 Jan 2014
This is probably one of the best researched biographies I've ever read and huge plaudits go to the authors for their detailed, thorough and innovative research - their huge love of Everett and his work clearly shine through. After watching the BBC4 drama 'All In The Best Possible Taste' I had a good idea about Everett's life story, but this filled in much of the detail. The story goes something like this: young Catholic boy brought up in Liverpool, square peg in a round hole until he finds that he excels in making surreal and bizarre recordings, gets a job as a DJ, sacked for a specified reason x 20 - TV success, wrestling with sexuality = contentment then sad demise.

That said, it's nice to read how much he's still missed in the radio community. I would also defy anyone to read about his final days without shedding a tear. An excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cupid Stunts 13 Dec 2013
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Brought back some golden memories of Kenny. Not surprising when you consider the impressive list of people interviewed by the authors. It makes for a great read.
Great photos too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Darlings 29 Nov 2013
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Highly recommended. If you're interested in British broadcasting, this is a well written and sourced biography. Very readable, and as someone who grew up with Kenny certainly during his TV fame I learned a lot about the man that I didn't appreciate before. One of my better purchases in 2013 and will certainly be looking at other titles by the auhor
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars My Radio Hero
Excellent commentary on Ev and his life in front of and behind the Mic.
Not having read any previous biographies I have learned a lot of the unknown facts of his troubled... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Geoff Durkin
4.0 out of 5 stars allo.... Ladies 'n Creeps..... Sid Snot 'ere.....
As a huge fan of radio, and in particular, pirate radio, Kenny was a hero of mine in the 1970's. This book provides an excellent insight into his short life and the genius behind... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Michael D. Howes
1.0 out of 5 stars Strange
Quite a dry account - learned little. Much mention of 'research' by its authors.

Big question raised by it though-

Jimmy Saville gets a couple of mentions... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Jbs Selby
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
Really enjoyed this book. I knew Kenny from his TV days really, so had no idea of his influence in radio. Amazing! What a life though. The end is extremely sad. Be prepared! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Stef
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book written in the best possible taste.
I have just finished reading Kenny Everett's biography by James Hogg and Robert Sellers and what a splendid read it turned out to be. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Terry Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars The Master Of The Multi-Track
As a three year old growing up in East London, my earliest memory of Kenny Everett was as a team captain on the BBC 1 quiz show "That's Showbusiness". Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Robin Blamires
5.0 out of 5 stars Gizzard Puke rides again!
I can only really concur with the vast majority of the other reviews. Hogg and Sellers have done a superb job. Read more
Published 9 months ago by The Cheeseman
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what it says on the cover
A fabulous book with some wonderful insights into a very talented, funny and often misunderstood man!! Some great quotes and anecdotes!
Published 9 months ago by kayz
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas gift!
I borrowed this from a friend and have to say I absolutely loved it. Very funny and very easy to read. Brilliant!
Published 9 months ago by Kedge
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and fun.
A fun and compelling biography of a TV and Radio comedy icon. It's always refreshing, and far more rewarding when biographies avoid the easy option of tabloid-style revelations and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mascalzone
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