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5.0 out of 5 stars The tragic story behind a British institution.
At long last a decent book has arrived about the fascinating Screaming Lord Sutch.
Known to many as one of Britain's true eccentrics, the public were largely unaware of the sadness and mental health problems in his life, as were his family and friends it seems.
This account of his life is very well researched and covers every aspect of his life and career and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Sad than Mad
Thoroughly researched and well structured, this book paces out the career of the horror rock and roll and political performer known as "Screaming Lord Sutch". The details put the life of this unusual personality and his ground breaking work into historical perspective.

I scored the book down from an "I like" to an "OK" as although at first really enjoying it,...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The tragic story behind a British institution., 29 May 2005
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This review is from: The Man Who Was Screaming Lord Sutch (Hardcover)
At long last a decent book has arrived about the fascinating Screaming Lord Sutch.
Known to many as one of Britain's true eccentrics, the public were largely unaware of the sadness and mental health problems in his life, as were his family and friends it seems.
This account of his life is very well researched and covers every aspect of his life and career and is written in a gripping way which will ensure you will finish the book in a matter of days.
Anyone who has a slight interest in Lord Sutch will find this a riveting, informative, funny and sad read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Sad than Mad, 24 May 2010
This review is from: The Man Who Was Screaming Lord Sutch (Hardcover)
Thoroughly researched and well structured, this book paces out the career of the horror rock and roll and political performer known as "Screaming Lord Sutch". The details put the life of this unusual personality and his ground breaking work into historical perspective.

I scored the book down from an "I like" to an "OK" as although at first really enjoying it, it was spoilt for me by conjecture (his attempt at "the Man" bit of the title), making it on occasion too gossipy, almost snide for my taste. Lord Sutch must have suffered overwhelmingly as a typical "sad clown", and so I would have preferred the author had stuck to the facts, which he relates well, and let Lord Sutch's life speak for itself.

Secondly, the author makes surprisingly peevish references to those relatives who obviously rejected his invitation to contribute. Since he states he knew Lord Sutch for 30 years or so, did he believe he would have approved of this? Although a consumate self publicist, Lord Sutch seems to have successfully protected his family from the spotlight for all these years, so maybe he wasn't as mad as he seemed.

These two issues I had with his approach, show more about the author than about the subject of his work. But despite the above disappointments, I would still recommend it as an informative and readable book, which reminds us of one of England's most free spirited, longest serving and longest haired sons, in the realms of both music and politics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A deeply revealing biography of a great British eccentric, 1 Feb 2008
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This review is from: The Man Who Was Screaming Lord Sutch (Hardcover)
I happened across this book while looking for something a bit 'different'.
I'm very glad that I did. It's wonderfully researched and written and is a deeply revealing insight into the life of a man who presaged many modern facets of Britain (pet passports, votes for 18 year olds etc).
A wonderfully and blissfully unaware character, definitely larger than life David (lord) Sutch clearly never had a hateful or hurtful bone in his body.
I recommend this book very highly even if the name Screaming Lord Sutch never meant anything to you before you read about him.
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