Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

The odd boy: a celebration of Vivian Stanshall

Buy Article:

$53.00 + tax (Refund Policy)

This article celebrates the work of Vivian Stanshall (19431995), frontman of the anarchic comedy/music group The Bonzo Dog Band, creator of Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, and ferociously self-aware English eccentric. Though not a household name, Stanshall made an influential contribution to British comedy and culture through his highly original involvement in a range of genres, formats and media. I argue that Stanshall was a significant figure in the 1950s and 1960s art school/art-into-pop phenomenon, and that his work richly reflects and adds to understandings of the cultural cross-fertilizations of the era. With a unique voice, Stanshall explored the visionary, the grotesque and the nonsensical in different English settings, and displayed a desire to both lampoon and celebrate a kind of Englishness that many consider long outmoded.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: 1960s; Englishness; Vivian Stanshall; bricolage; comedy; eccentricity; the carnivalesque; wordplay

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2010

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more