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 Twenty three years ago Vivian Stanshall died in a fire, trapped in a north London flat. Drunk, he slept through his...

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Title:The Illustrated Vivian Stanshall: A Fairytale of Grimm Art
Author:Ki Longfellow
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Genres:Art
ISBN:097592558X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:326 pages pages

The Illustrated Vivian Stanshall: A Fairytale of Grimm Art Reviews

  • Louise
    Oct 15, 2018
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  • Ira Robbins
    Feb 25, 2018
    This is a truly extraordinary memoir of "Mr. Standstill" by the woman who knew him best. The writing is affectionate, insightful and clear-eyed, capturing the man's genius while making no effort to smooth over his messy life. It is very odd to read an interview one did in 1979, and...
  • Ledreader
    Jul 16, 2018
    Vivian Stanshall was a genius. Not like Stephen Fry who is merely a polymath and a second rate comic, actor and writer, Vivian was the real deal and he found his match in Ki Longfellow he was wise enough to marry. We should all be so lucky. This is a work of combined genius. ...
  • Daniel Dae
    Jun 23, 2018
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  • Ducie
    Jul 08, 2018
    A truly unusual biography. A deeply satisfying art book. An intimate introduction to the man my favorite loved. Another one that left me in tears. ...
  • Shauna G.
    Feb 04, 2017
    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...
  • Marilynn Carmichael
    Apr 24, 2018
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  • Dennis Lawal
    Feb 25, 2017
    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 grea...
  • Teton Blues
    Feb 06, 2017
    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! ...
  • Maeve Covell
    Feb 10, 2017
    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 b...
  • Meg Taboni
    Feb 01, 2017
    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...
  • Casey Hazzard
    Feb 01, 2017
    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 M...
  • Tessie Waterman
    Feb 02, 2017
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  • Dogon The
    Jun 24, 2018
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  • Monika B.
    Feb 15, 2017
    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 does...
  • Perry McFall
    Mar 13, 2017
    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 cal...
  • Kitty Bourne
    Apr 05, 2017
    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, thi...
  • Jessikka Brannagh
    Feb 07, 2018
    Best book about an artist I've ever read. ...
  • Skylar Harner
    Feb 23, 2018
    This book will break your heart. But it will also stimulate your brain, make you laugh, cause wonder at how some people give everything to life. And then there's all the art and the photos and the illustrations. Huge kudos to the young illustrator, Ben Wickey. I'll just bet he's going ...
  • Nathaniel Fox
    Feb 15, 2018
    To begin with, the writing is stunning. Depending on what is being described or discussed, it is poetic, transcendent, informative, funny, enlightening, and deeply understanding of its subject which is of course the genius who was Vivian Stanshall. No wonder he called Longfellow his "t...
  • Jelia Coffen
    Feb 07, 2018
    There is too much to say about this book in one little box. Besides I have to process what I've just read. It's beautiful in so many ways and tragic in so many ways. Longfellow has offered her husband a love letter than buckles my knees. BEYOND RECOMMENDED. REQUIRED IF YOU WANT TO KNOW...
  • Dido
    Mar 09, 2018
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  • Lynda
    Feb 11, 2018
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  • Jase
    Feb 05, 2018
    I've waited for this book for so long I thought it couldn't be what I hoped it would be. It is! It's much more than I hoped for. Pictures and paintings I'd never seen, Vivian's own words from his private journals, horrible things, wonderful things, warts and bruises and kisses. I cried...
  • Immie
    Feb 23, 2018
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  • MorganHP
    Apr 10, 2018
    This book says it isn't "exactly a biography or a memoir". But it is, and so much more. It's brilliantly touching, funny, unbearably sad, scathingly honest, very very clever, beautifully written, and as a "gift to her husband Vivian Stanshall" (a real genius and someone I admire with a...
  • Jerry
    May 05, 2018
    I read this book only because Ki Longfellow wrote it. I had no idea who her husband was. I do now. This is exactly what I would expect from Longfellow. Truthful, revealing, funny, sad, wonderfully constructed, brilliantly written, and a complete joy to read. And to look at. It's stuffe...
  • Maly-Fung Donnelle
    Jun 20, 2018
    Just about the most unusual, delicately felt and moving tribute to a great artist I've ever read. Magnificent. ...
  • Erna Settles
    Aug 27, 2018
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  • Karim
    Oct 30, 2018
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