Vivian Stanshall started the Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band in the early 1960s while at art school in London. Rehearsals were in the canteen and gigs held in pubs. The anarchic shows, with comedy, singing and 1920s dress took off, and after leaving college albums were made "I'm the Urban Spaceman" reached number 5 in 1968, and one track appeared in the Beatles' film Magical Mystery Tour. The group - major players were Neil Innes, Vivian, Rodney Slater and Roger Ruskin-Speare - appeared often on TV's "Do Not Adjust Your Set", toured the US, and appeared at the Isle of Wight concert in 1969. But the following year the band broke up. What followed for Stanshall was not the successful solo career (that Neil Innes managed) but binges with Keith Moon and drinking and drug problems. Vivian continued to work: in film and radio, in adverts and albums; but two marriages failed, a houseboat sank, and Vivian died in a house fire in 1995. "I'm whatever you like, just don't expect me to join in", Vivian Stanshall. This is his biography.
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Chris Welch, former Melody Maker critic and ex-editor of Metal Hammer and Rock World, has written books on Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Peter Gabriel and David Bowie. He contributes to Mojo, Record Collector,Rhythm and the Independent and plays drums in his spare time. Lucian Randall is a music writer and researcher who lives in London.Review:
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
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Book Description Fourth Estate Ltd, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111841156787