|The Man Who Was Screaming Lord Sutch, Graham Sharpe
Aurum Press (Hardcover Book)
From inventor of glam-rock and shock- horror theatricality in the Savages to founder of the Monster Raving Loony Party - Lord Sutch was the Great British Eccentric. This first biography of Lord Sutch contrasts his outward public persona with his darker, tortured inner world.
Everyone has heard of Screaming Lord Sutch. In the sixties he was one of the fathers of British rock and roll - recording with Joe Meek, growing his hair shockingly long for the time and pioneering an outrageous and fearsomely over-the-top stage act before the Beatles and the Stones were even in polo-neck sweaters. Emerging from a coffin with his hat on fire and brandishing a very large axe, he invented glam-rock and shock-horror theatricality years before Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osborne. Top musicians like Ritchie Blackmore and Jeff Beck had their first break in Sutch's band the Savages. His trademark number, "Jack the Ripper", is now covered by the White Stripes.
By the eighties he had become the most ubiquitous figure on the British political scene, regularly upstaging prime ministers at general elections in his Monster Raving Loony Party garb of top hat, leopardskin coat and loudhailer, whose manifesto of lowering the voting age, all-day pub opening and passports for pets was seen as a silly joke at the time but has proved strangely prescient.
But in 1999, approaching sixty, lonely, exhausted and depressed, still grinding the motorways to crummy gigs, his private life in confusion, David Sutch died by his own hand.
Author Graham Sharpe knew Sutch for over thirty years. He is Media Relations Manager for the bookmaking organisation William Hill and his other books include The Magnificent Seven (Aurum) and Free the Manchester Utd One. He lives in Pinner, Middlesex.
"The Man Who Was Screaming Lord Sutch" by Graham Sharpe is published in hardback by Aurum Press. Format: 216 x 138mm ISBN: 1 85410 983 9.
Information provided by Lizzie Curtin, Aurum Press 2005