The Velvet Mafia : the Gay Men Who Ran The Swinging Sixties.

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Omnibus Press,, Chicago, United States, p.1 online resource (270 pages) (2021)



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(OCoLC)fst00939117, (OCoLC)fst00939197, (OCoLC)fst00959821, (OCoLC)fst01030641, 20th century., fast, Gay men, Gay men., Gay musicians, Gay musicians., Great Britain, Homosexuality and music., Music trade, Music trade.


Print version record.Intro -- Title Page -- Dedication -- Contents -- Introduction -- 1. Mr Parnes, Shillings and Pence -- 2. The Stable -- 3. Larry and David -- 4. Larry and Joe -- 5. The Death of the Fifties -- 6. Managing the Store -- 7. Sex and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll -- 8. Larry and Brian -- 9. Sir Joe -- 10. Friends of Dorothy -- 11. Gay London -- 12. The Leaving of Liverpool -- 13. Brian and David -- 14. Ready Steady Go! -- 15. The Velvet Mafia -- 16. Lunch at Le Caprice -- 17. Up Against It -- 18. A Hostile Bid -- 19. A Crucifixion on Hampstead Heath -- 20. Fortune and Men's Eyes -- 21. ... And in the EndAcknowledgements -- A Note on Sources -- Bibliography -- Notes -- Copyright"Concentrating on the friendship between impresario Larry Parnes, Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and showbiz solicitor David Jacobs, the book details how they shaped the Swinging 60s, along with their associates including songwriter Lionel Bart (author of the hit musical Oliver!), record producer Joe Meek, Sir Joseph Lockwood (the head of EMI), Vicki Wickham (manager of Dusty Springfield and assistant producer on the influential TV show Ready Steady Go), songwriter and record label head Norman Newell, Simon Napier-Bell (manager of Marc Bolan), Kit Lambert (manager of the Who), playwright Joe Orton, and Robert Stigwood (manager of the Bee Gees and Cream). Drawing on rare and unpublished archive material, personal diaries, and new interviews from some of the survivors of that turbulent decade, The Velvia Mafia shows how--in the period leading up to the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality and the founding of the Gay Liberation movement--LGBT professionals in the music industry were working together, supporting each other and changing history."--Publisher description