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The Sensational Alex Harvey
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ISBN:
9781846970887
Categories
Biography, Popular Music & Culture
Imprint
Polygon
Publication Date
25 September 2008
Format
Available as an eBook only
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
256
Illustrations
12pp b/w plate section

The Sensational Alex Harvey

by John Neil Munro - Find out more about the author

 

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'The Sensational Alex Harvey Band were one of the craziest, most honest, most creative and most courageous bands of their time . . . [Harvey] would go to any length to enlighten and to entertain' — NME

 'Alex was cheeky. Special. Very charismatic. A naughty boy who didn’t want to grow up' — Richard O'Brien (Rocky Horror Show)

Glasgow-born Alex Harvey’s career began in the 1950s when he won a competition to become Scotland’s answer to Tommy Steele (he dubbed himself ‘Last of the Teenage Idols’). He was a devoted family man but in front of an audience he became an unforgettable entertainer — charismatic, provocative and intense. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band eventually became one of the most exciting live acts of the 1970s — taking in Jacques Brel, rock and vaudeville.

But Harvey’s life offstage was beset by tragedy and his own alcoholism: his younger brother, Les, was electrocuted on stage; his manager and friend Billy Fehilly was killed in a plane crash. Eventually with his band in tatters, Alex sank into a sea of alcohol, finally succumbing to a fatal heart attack whilst waiting for a ferry home from a gig in Belgium in 1982, the day before his 47th birthday.

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John Neil Munro lives in Laxdale, Isle of Lewis. He studied Modern and Economic history at Glasgow University then completed a postgraduate journalism course in Cardiff. Other publications include Some People are Crazy: The John Martyn Story (Polygon, 2008). He has a great affection for unfashionable 1970s rock music.