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In the Best Possible Taste: Crazy Life of Kenny Everett Hardcover – 29 Aug 1996

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Edition edition (29 Aug. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747526281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747526285
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,152,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kevin 'Bionic' Jones on 3 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
There are two sorts of showbiz biography; those which tell you everything, and those which tell you enough. Lister's book on the wonderful and much-missed Kenny Everett is among the latter.

The story begins on Christmas Day 1944, when Maurice Cole was born in Liverpool. He was a strange child who spent so much time talking to himself that he developed a unique line in patter.

As the '60's began to swing, he got a job as D.J. for the pirate radio station Radio London where his off-the-wall humour and zaniness made him a cult figure. Even the Beatles sang his praises by recording a jingle specially for him. Cuddly Ken progressed to Radio 1 where he - as he loved to recount in interviews years later - was sacked for telling a joke at the expense of a politician's wife.

Television beckoned; in 1968 he teamed with Jonathan Routh and Germaine Greer for the I.T.V. show 'Nice Time', before going on to star in 'Making Whoopee', 'The Kenny Everett Explosion' and 'Ev'. But the medium did not seem to know what to do with him. For years he was the voice-over man on Bob Monkhouse's 'Celebrity Squares' as well as 'Charley the cat' in a well-remembered series of public information films.

Kenny's big chance came in 1978 when Thames commissioned him to replace the hopelessly outdated 'Opportunity Knocks!' with 'The Kenny Everett Video Show'. It was 'Monty Python' with music, combined with the sexy gyrations of Mrs.Whitehouse's favourite dance troupe 'Hot Gossip'. A piece of television history was born. Kenny was now mainstream.

In 1981 he returned in triumph to the B.B.C. His new show pushed up the comedy levels, and became unmissable Thursday ( later Saturday ) night evening for the next few years.

Then tragedy struck.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By a.m.hardwick on 5 Jun. 2011
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Supersedes the previous 1980's autobig by Everett (w/w/Simon Booker): The custard stops at Hatfield.

Covers all of life of DJ-Everett from start(Liverpool) to his funeral(London).

Well written and researched by author. Perhaps not quite enough photos (and no index either) but that's a very small moot point.

Attempts to explain where Eve's creative/artist genius came from.

Thoroughly recommended marks out of 10: 10/10.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. G. Peters on 12 Mar. 2011
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For anybody interested in Kenny this book is a must. There is a lot talked about, but there is information in this that I have never heard before.
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A fantastic book, well written and researched. This book will give the reader a deep insight into Kenny's world. It is amazing that so many shy, retiring people become so extroverted when given a medium to express themselves (Kenny ... Stephen Fry ... ).
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