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It would be a shame though if Everett is allowed to become nothing more than a footnote in the history of light entertainment because Everett was much more than just a manic funny man. Everett was also an innovator who changed the way that popular music was, and still is, presented. He could perfectly acceptably be described as the mad scientist of pop radio and this timely autobiography should, I hope, remind people that that Everett was an extremely important figure in British culture.
It was the advent of the tape recorder that changed the life of the young Kenny Everett. Before discovering the tricks that could be done with a reel to reel tape recorder (and also the infinitely greater number that could be done with two tape recorders) he was the shy but subversive Maurice Cole from Crosby, but his wizardry with the tape recorder would eventually lead him to being Captain Kremmen, the world's most fabulous man and captain of the fabled Space Corps. Whilst not being particularly musically minded, once he had discovered how to exploit the potential of the effects that could be achieved with the use of tape recorders it was a fairly short step to becoming a DJ on pirate radio. Whereas previously being a DJ meant that you simply played music, Everett did it differently. His shows were instead jam packed with sound effects, funny voices and off the wall humour. This proved to be so popular that after that the DJ became a personality, with listeners tuning in to listen to them as much as the music played. Everett's rise and rise was not all plain sailing though because, as this book explains, he had a deeply subversive nature and his potty mouth lead to him being sacked many times from various radio stations after he had said something that was totally ill-advised that had upset the station controllers.
This excellent book also reveals that, off the air, like many creative geniuses he was a troubled character. For many years he tried to deny his homosexuality, even marrying with the misguided notion that this would "cure" him, as if being a homosexual was an illness. It was only once that he embraced his sexuality that he found any peace of mind, although this would eventually lead to his early death when he contracted AIDS from his promiscuous partner, Nikolai.
Although not in the top league of show biz autobiographies that I have read, this is nevertheless very good, telling us everything we would ever wish to know about little Ken, and it's all done in the best possible taste.
David and Caroline Stafford bring up the subject of Kenny needing very firm production throughout this excellent book frequently, because he was exasperating to work with. To misquote from "The Sound of Music" - How do you solve a problem like Kenny Everett? How do you keep a wave upon the sand? Everyone tried hard but no-one succeeded, even his most loyal, and often devoted close friends and admirers. The book explores his journey from Crosby, Liverpool to his final hours, a victim of HIV/AIDS, and how his ability with two tape recorders, sellotape and razor blades turned him from the fragile Maurice Cole into the staggeringly wonderful Kenny Everett. It is a cracking read and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in Kenny, Pirate Radio, the start of Radio 1 or the art of disk-jockeying.
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