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Vivian Stanshall

Vivian Stanshall

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Vivian Stanshall (1979)

Interview by Ira Robbins, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1979

The world-class eccentric talks about the old days with the Bonzo Dog Band; demonstrates some of his favourite instruments; explains his love of Dada; recounts some adventures with Keith Moon; expresses his ambivalence towards Monty Python's Flying Circus and chats about Sir Henry at Rawlinson End.

File format: mp3; file size: 53.8mb, interview length: 58' 46" sound quality: ***


Viv Stanshall: If it's not the S.S. it's bleedin' campers...

Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 2 January 1971

THE ABSURD strikes back. This time it's the Fuhrer and his faithful SS attendant dancing in one of London's Beer Kellers. Before that, it was ...

Vivian Stanshall: The Urban Submarine Man

Interview by David Hancock, Evening News, London, 7 October 1978

I WAS JUST about to plunge fully clothed into the swimming pool, notebook and pencil in hand, when it crossed my mind that it might ...

Vivian Stanshall: Afloat!

Interview by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 25 November 1978

Yes, it's the tang of the salt spray in a Force 9 from Finisterre with regard to this one, hipmates; A rollicking tale which tells how Silver's parrot changed his ...

Viv Stanshall: Bonzo Bounces Back

Interview by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, July 1979

Perhaps, as the curse of King Tut suggested, some legends are best left uninvestigated. Rock heroes tend to have warts, just like everybody else, and ...

"Vivian, You Look Awful – Where's Your Shoes?" – an interview with Vivian Stanshall

Interview by Phil McMullen, Ptolemaic Terrascope, November 1992

SOME DAYS are made in heaven, some days are made in hell and some inhabit a nowhere-land somewhere in-between. ...

Vivian Stanshall 1943-1995

Obituary by Ira Robbins, Rolling Stone, 20 April 1995

VIVIAN STANSHALL died in a fire at his apartment in London on March 5. At 51 he was the Renaissance man of English absurdity. A ...

10 Questions for Steve Winwood

Interview by Kieron Tyler, MOJO, April 2004

The blue-eyed soul voice behind the Spencer Davis Group and Traffic on jamming with Jimi Hendrix, the madness of Viv Stanshall and the problems of ...

Vivian Stanshall's Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead

Review by Rob Chapman, Uncut, June 2004

GENUINE ECCENTRICS don't fill out an application form to join the Eccentrics Club and then sit in wood-panelled drawing rooms trading well-honed anecdotes with fellow ...

Vivian Stanshall: Beyond The Bonzo Dog Band

Memoir by 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. ...

see also Bonzo Dog Band


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