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funny tragic person Funny tragic book,
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This review is from: Ginger Geezer: The Life of Vivian Stanshall (Paperback)
The life of Bonzo Dog Doh dah band singer Vivian Stanshall.
From his early life to his joining of an art school band the bonzos,his habit of kicking out band members he deemed as low class .His frustation at working and touring hard but not getting any money for his efforts (like his friends the beatles) the Breaking up the band at the end of the 60s due to nervous exhaustion and still owing the record company money.
Despite his characters flaws and his remarkable abilty to hurt those around him the book does make you feel genuinely sorry for the man spiralling slowy down the drain of life whilst others are powerless to stop him.A man who was friends with the beatles the monty pythons eric clapton captain beefheart and just about every other influential person in 60s culture ,but unlike them comes out of the decade with nothing but a personality disorder rather than millions in the bank.
Whilst im a huge fan of the man himself as a performer, it is hard to distinguish what bad behaviour is down to his mental health and addictions and what was down to him being a frequently unpleasant individual.
The authors also seem to embarrassingly over estimate his importance to the 20th century ,Whilst im a huge fan of viv and his comedy output his greatest tragedy is that his legacy isnt so much more.Im sure a critcal anaylsis of his legacy by non fan would say "just some novelty records and a failed stage show".
Perhaps his true legacy is that despite his failings and his self destructive ways there is no shortage of friends who praise him to the highest So He must have been doing something right