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Vivian Stanshall: Beyond The Bonzo Dog Band

Gary Lucas, Please Kill Me!, 26 May 2021

Vivian Stanshall was the strikingly eccentric ringleader of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, often described as the UK's version of the Mothers of Invention. Affecting the manner of an aristocrat, Viv actually hailed from London's East End, and his kindred spirits were Keith Moon and Paul McCartney, who produced the closest thing the Bonzos had to a hit single. Gary Lucas, former manager of Captain Beefheart and member of his Magic Band, had some memorable encounters with Vivian Stanshall, whom he compares favorably with Don Van Vliet. He tells the tale for PKM.

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