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Stinkfoot: An English Comic Opera Paperback – 1 Feb 2003

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  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Sea Urchin Editions (1 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9075342136
  • ISBN-13: 978-9075342130
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 696,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A musical comedy, or, as Vivian Stanshall would have it, an English Comic Opera in The Grand Tradition. Stanshall (1943-95) wrote it together with his wife, Ki Longfellow-Stanshall, for their Old Profanity Showboat in Bristol, where it was staged by the Crackpot Theatre Company in December 1985. This book documents these shows. It contains the script of the musical, the lyrics of the songs, photographs, artwork by Vivian Stanshall, and an introduction by Ki Longfellow-Stanshall. The comedy is set in a typically English end-of-the-pier theatre, where the once great music hall artiste Soliquisto and his company have descended for a week. Nine years earlier Soliquisto's greatest creation, a singing and dancing cat called Stinkfoot, disappeared mysteriously from the very same theatre. Soliquisto still mourns for the loss of this talented cat and is shrouded in memories of better days.

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Nothing like it before, and I don't imagine there ever will be anything like it again. Not without Vivian Stanshall in the world. (Bugger, what a thought.) When something is really unique, well, there you go. It's not a play, not quite an opera, though there's a bit of both throughout. It certainly is touched with a fond memory of music hall. It is a musical comedy, that's for sure. But not your standard everyday British A. L. Weber crap...no melody, no lyrics to speak of, no surprises (except spectacle). It's not the (to me) boringly cerebral Sondheim (sp?). It's not Broadway. Although there are a few show-stoppers in it. What it is, is bright and strange and clever and moving and memorable. It's something only Stanshall could have made...with the addition of his equally clever and unusual wife. Come back, Vivian. And forgive us.
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Just let me have a part in this! Brilliant beyond belief! Much love to Viv, Ki and Silky. Buy it, read it, love and try to understand the mind of a genius.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d93cb64) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x8dc046fc) out of 5 stars Ki and Tube Float Up The River on a Darling Summer Day 29 Jun. 2006
By Rain Rien Nevermind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dearest Pam Ella Longfella, I have read your book and it is STINKFOOT. As Marcel Duchamp said about The Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven "[The Baroness] is not a futurist. She is the future." One thing that I LOVE about this book is the width and depth and es-space-cially the breadth and thickness of it. It is not very THICK in fact it falls into the category (being itself about a category) of what Wilhelm Busch the former president of Then, would term "Ultra-Thin" [To Borrow another of The Baronesses' Admiration So-societies Corduroy Swaps] and in fact as I seem to have mis-laid my copy, right now and have ordered another from sea-urchin up who refered me back to the amazon dot calmly drifting avoiding the little whirl-pools and ebaylettes continue...I will review another book with the same ultra-thiness, curiously printed in iceland, entitled: the art of Barnoess Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven from Franci M Naumann's Find Art Gal or Ease. She wasn't born a Barn. On second thought perhaps Ki, herself reviews it best as she relates " [it]was written by Vivian and I, more like thrashed out in our captain's cabin night after night after whatever had appeared on the stage that evening, whereupon Vivian would then fall asleep exhausted but I would type it all up into the early morning light... but every song was Vivian's at the top of his form. Some of these were written directly for the show: You Can't Confound A Flounder, Drowned Sailor's Song, Follow Your Nose, What My Public Wants BLOOD!, Parakeet To Meet You,etc., some were kicking around and needed a home: No Time Like The Future and Ready Maid of Stone." and where are my manners? Ki also introduces us to Stinkfoot as " Stinkfoot is an original, unique, totally eccentric, and completely absorbing Comic Opera. If I don't say so myself... who will? Not only that, it is three hours long" As I fall asleep listening to rare puss-in-boots legged CDz of the original Thekla or Bristol Performances and Blonde on Blondie's Desolation Row or was that King's Head Theatre? I encourage everyone to Buy This Book, it being a wonderful glimpse into the swirl of Vivian Stanshall's outstandup stage and ventriloquist gargle, which will never be equaled or even tally-hold. Dear Tube and Ki I hope I got the words right and rightly so. As always, please feel FREE to write a review of this review or drop by for a spot of tea and crumpled scripts. Send Review To: 2101 Baneberry Way East, Chanhassen, MN 55317 You Sofa. Not an Armchair Yet! Chair and Chair alike. Years in Book Reviews, Rain Rien Nevermind
HASH(0x8d5beaf8) out of 5 stars Three Stars 21 Dec. 2014
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No review needed. The real Musical would make more sense if it were staged with original music.
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