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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; New Ed edition (4 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841156795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841156798
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On Vivian Stanshall:

‘A unique and inspired comic genius.’ Stephen Fry

‘The one great comic talent British pop music has produced.’ Observer

‘I’m whatever you like, just don’t expect me to join in.’ Vivian Stanshall


This is the story of Vivian Stanshall, lead singer of the "Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band", a true British eccentric. The group, who satirised traditional music, jazz, pop and rock, reached number 5 in the charts with "I'm The Urban Spaceman" in 1968. A punishing schedule of tours and television followed, including work with the future "Monty Python" team. The following year, broke and burned out, the Bonzos split up, leaving behind a loyal cult following. Vivian launched into myriad solo projects in music, film and theatre, giving himself several nervous breakdowns in the process. Vivian wrote the musical "Stinkfoot", was narrator on "Tubular Bells" and provided lyrics for Steve Winwood. He was a hell-raiser of legendary reputation - assisted through much of the 1970s by "The Who" drummer, Keith Moon. Vivian drove the many who loved him to the limit, struggling with tranquilliser and alcohol dependency. He died at home in a house fire in 1995.

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