The Illustrated Vivian Stanshall: A Fairytale of Grimm Art

The Illustrated Vivian Stanshall: A Fairytale of Grimm Art

Twenty three years ago Vivian Stanshall died in a fire, trapped in a north London flat. Drunk, he slept through his own death.Vivian was the ineffable, unflappable, elegant and irreverently funny frontman and songwriter for the Bonzo Dog Dada Band, a group of art students who’d created a band unlike any other band one could name - and still adored by thousands long after t...

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Title:The Illustrated Vivian Stanshall: A Fairytale of Grimm Art
Author:Ki Longfellow
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  • Casey Hazzard

    I cannot wait for this book. I've been a rabid Vivian Stanshall fan since forever. Illustrations, paintings, his own journal, and his wife's great writing. A knock-out combo.

    An update on May 16th, 2018: The book finally came and I finally read it. It's all I hoped it would be and MORE. It's a masterpiece. And now I know my hero as well as you can know someone you've never met. Longfellow's portrait is honest and loving and insightful. I cried in the end. Not true. I bawled. If possible, I love V

    I cannot wait for this book. I've been a rabid Vivian Stanshall fan since forever. Illustrations, paintings, his own journal, and his wife's great writing. A knock-out combo.

    An update on May 16th, 2018: The book finally came and I finally read it. It's all I hoped it would be and MORE. It's a masterpiece. And now I know my hero as well as you can know someone you've never met. Longfellow's portrait is honest and loving and insightful. I cried in the end. Not true. I bawled. If possible, I love Vivian Stanshall even more.

  • Shauna G.

    If it's about Vivian Stanshall, I'm first in line. The man was one of our greatest artists as well as the most versatile. He wrote songs, performed them, composed music, painted, sculpted, performed, made films, oh, it just goes on and on. I am thoroughly thrilled a book is coming, one I'm told is stuffed with illustrations: drawings, paintings, photos. As a big fan of his wife (she wrote this book) it has to be exceptional.

  • Maeve Covell

    I've waited years for a real book about one of my heroes. Vivian Stanshall! With his paintings and photos I've never seen and letters. I confess, I am very excited. When I get a copy into my waiting hands and read it, I'll be back for a review. Wow.

    June 1, 2018. I said I would be back for a review but as I've only just finished the last page my head and my heart are spinning. I have never read a "biography" like this. It's a love story. It's a portrait of suffering. It's about what it costs to m

    I've waited years for a real book about one of my heroes. Vivian Stanshall! With his paintings and photos I've never seen and letters. I confess, I am very excited. When I get a copy into my waiting hands and read it, I'll be back for a review. Wow.

    June 1, 2018. I said I would be back for a review but as I've only just finished the last page my head and my heart are spinning. I have never read a "biography" like this. It's a love story. It's a portrait of suffering. It's about what it costs to make art. It is magnificent. I'll be back with a coherent review as soon as I am settled again. The book made me cry.

  • Dennis Lawal

    The best voice to come out of Great Britain finally gets a real book? And his missus pens it? I've read her work, all of it. Who said (something like): Lucky is the man who gets a good biographer. Though she says this isn't a biography or a memoir. How intriguing. It's full of the great man's work? Paintings, sketches, etchings. I am atremble. I have all his albums. I still listen to his solo work because his solo work is timeless, especially that prodigious genius displayed throughout the spoke

    The best voice to come out of Great Britain finally gets a real book? And his missus pens it? I've read her work, all of it. Who said (something like): Lucky is the man who gets a good biographer. Though she says this isn't a biography or a memoir. How intriguing. It's full of the great man's work? Paintings, sketches, etchings. I am atremble. I have all his albums. I still listen to his solo work because his solo work is timeless, especially that prodigious genius displayed throughout the spoken Sir Henry at Rawlinson End. Add all this to Ki Longfellow's poetic understanding and I itch to get my hands on a copy. I wonder if I can bear to review it? I'll find out. First in line, me. Oh, and I've forced my friends to listen to

    too. Some don't get it, but a lot do. I'm thinking of culling friends based on how they respond to "Strange Tongues", one of the greatest songs ever written.

    UPDATE: An incredible work of art about an artist by an artist. All I hoped for and MORE. Intense love.

  • Kitty Bourne

    Just heard about this book on facebook. If there was one English artist I should have liked to have met it was Vivian Stanshall. The very idea there's a book coming written by his wife, one of my favorite writers, is very exciting. Plus I'm reading there are 600 images! Believe me, this is something I have to have.

  • Meg Taboni

    Not familiar with the husband of one of my favorite writers. But if she loved him, I will love him. Because of Longfellow's amazing talent I can only imagine her treatment of Vivian Stanshall is something I'm going to want to read. And to see. It's illustrated. From the cover alone, it looks fascinating.

  • Teton Blues

    News of this book is getting around. For those of us who believe Vivian Stanshall was/is a genius, this is something we HAVE to have. I'm already saving my pennies. Bless a true genius!

  • Monika B.

    Vivian Stanshall was about the greatest person to ever come out of Southend - my home town. I read the only book out there about him but was, to say the least, disappointed. But here comes one by his wife, a writer of great skill and deep understanding, and to say I want this book doesn't come close to my desire to read what she has to say about him. March, roll on!

  • Perry McFall

    I wandered into a Bonzo Dog DaDa Band gig BEFORE they were official. Once seen, never forgotten. So I followed them through their short professional career, bought every album (all in plastic sleeves to this day) and died a little when they hung up their Bonzo hats for good. (Those calling themselves the Bonzos now are a pure embarrassment.) But the man I sat clutching my seat in awe of was the frontman, a beautiful graceful creature who could do anything and DID. When he wandered off into a sol

    I wandered into a Bonzo Dog DaDa Band gig BEFORE they were official. Once seen, never forgotten. So I followed them through their short professional career, bought every album (all in plastic sleeves to this day) and died a little when they hung up their Bonzo hats for good. (Those calling themselves the Bonzos now are a pure embarrassment.) But the man I sat clutching my seat in awe of was the frontman, a beautiful graceful creature who could do anything and DID. When he wandered off into a solo career I followed after him. I have ALL his Vivian Alone recordings too but his are in plastic in a heavy box and put somewhere no one can get at them. The very idea his widow has written about him curls my toes. How delicious if I could get the first copy. I've been a fan of hers from a book called

    . No wonder she and Vivian were together however that played out. But it seems I'm going to get to find out. It's said there are Vivian's personal diaries contained within. Be still my heart.

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