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Ginger Geezer, The Life of Vivian Stanshall

Randall, Lucian / Welch, Chris

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ISBN 10: 1841156787 / ISBN 13: 9781841156781
Published by Fourth Estate, London, 2001
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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[14], 354pp, bound in original black cloth, with binding and hinges tight. The un-clipped Dust Jacket is in a protective myler cover. NO LABELS, INSCRIPTIONS, NOR MARKINGS. The lead singer of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, he was the court jestor of the underground rock scene of the Sixties. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006385

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Title: Ginger Geezer, The Life of Vivian Stanshall

Publisher: Fourth Estate, London

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First British Edition / First Printing.

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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.

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