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The Crazy Gang: A Personal Reminiscence Hardcover – 2 Oct 1986


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  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st edition (2 Oct. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297789872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297789871
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1986 Weidenfeld & Nicholson Hardback 1st Edition 1st Impression.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wingate on 17 May 2008
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This book is essential reading to anyone who is interested in music hall in general and The Crazy Gang in particular.The author has the advantage of having been related to Teddy Knox.So as well as a general history of the Gang she gives potted biography of each member of the Gang and an assessment of their charcaters that i have not seen elsewhere.In particular she is able to fill in the gaps and what was left unspoken by Bud Flanagan in his autobiog.I found this book so engrossing and the only pity was that it was not longer.This book is highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pismotality on 17 May 2014
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I don't know how it was received at the time of publication but this memoir about The Crazy Gang deserves to be far better known these days. It is, as the cover proclaims, 'personal' as the author was the niece of Clarice Mayne, married to Teddy Knox of Nervo and Knox, one of the duos who made up the Gang, There is a detailed account of the author's childhood in Angmering, a kind of showbiz haven of the day, and the idiosyncracies of the multifaceted "Auntie", who emerges as a kind of loveable monster, if that isn't overstating the case.

Yet although the book really seems to capture the atmosphere of a specific time and locale it also feels sparely written - in a good way - which presumably reflects Ms Owen's journalistic background. It's a rare behind the scenes look which isn't sensational and doesn't hide behind wall-to-wall hilarious anecdotes and it can be highly recommended to all lovers of books about variety.
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