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The Heaviest of Swells - A life and times in the Music Halls Hardcover – 1 Apr 2011


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  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: DCG Publiation (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 960994700X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9609947008
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,587,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Anthony Baker, (author and broadcaster) writing in the journal of the British Music Hall Society called The Heaviest of Swells:

 

‘The music hall publishing event of 2011 … The first thing to say about this book is that it is extravagantly produced. The binding is superb, the paper is of the high quality and the coloured illustrations, many of them rare, are exquisitely reproduced. The beauty of the book is matched by its academic excellence. No biographer of Leybourne will ever equal or exceed the attention to detail that is lavished here. …

In the first place, Leybourne’s real name, wrongly given in so many standard works, had to be confirmed, as did his place of birth. For Britain’s first real super-star, similar sleuth work had to be carried out to flesh out the detail of his two greatest songs, Champagne Charlie and The Flying Trapeze.  Beeching has nailed down the venue where Champagne Charlie received its premiere…

The first volume takes us up to 1872… The second promises to be equally detailed… This is the finest music hall biography you will have read for some time…’

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Catherine Comerford ( Judge for STR Book Prize, speaking at the Drury Lane presentation):

Marvellous illustrations … detailed, but accessible; paints a picture of the life and times of Leybourne and his fellow performers on the halls which really does live – greatly recommended.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Dean on 25 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
Heaviest of Swells by Christopher Beeching was nominated for the Society of Theatre Research book prize 2012. Speaking at the awards ceremony Catherine Comerford (MD of The Stage newspaper) and theatre manager Rupert Rhymes echoed my impressions, praising it as a good read, a fascinating piece of detective work and a major contribution to the world of theatre books. Beautifully produced by DCG Media publishing it provides access to Christopher Beeching's personal collection of photographs, drawings, sheet music and song cover illustrations, uncovers fascinating detail of the period 1842-1884 and puts the reader in the pocket of George Leybourne to experience Victorian England at first hand.
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Beautifully produced theatrical world of Victorian England 30 May 2012
By I. Dean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Heaviest of Swells by Christopher Beeching was nominated for the Society of Theatre Research book prize in April 2012. Speaking at the awards ceremony held at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, Catherine Comerford (MD of The Stage newspaper) and UK theatre manager Rupert Rhymes echoed my impressions, praising it as a good read, a fascinating piece of detective work and a major contribution to the world of theatre books. The Heaviest of Swells is beautifully produced by DCG Media publishing and provides access to Christopher Beeching's extensive personal collection of photographs, drawings, sheet music and song cover illustrations. The book uncovers fascinating detail of the period 1842-1884 and puts the reader in the pocket of George Leybourne to experience Victorian England at first hand. I thoroughly recommend it.
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