More Big News

Mike Livesly and band who so excellently recreated Sir Henry at Rawlinson End on stage in 2010 are performing with Neil Innes for Vivian Stanshall's 70th Birthday Party on 25th March 2013 at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London.

For information and tickets please go here or here.

 

Mike on-stage. Photograph by Brian Roberts.

An Introduction

This website for the Vivian Stanshall Appreciation Society & Archive is dedicated to archiving the unreleased and unavailable works of the man himself and revelling in his art and legacy.

We would like to make it clear that audio or video CD's/DVD's are only available to borrow from us by members of SHARE and must be returned.

SHARE is a fan club with the following bonuses...
A twice yearly CD-Rom magazine
Access to private research material
Latest news, information and meetings
Among other benefits...
Membership is £5 annually

The costs of airmail to the USA does put up the membership cost to £8 (about $16.50), Australia also costs £8 & Europe £6. If paying via Paypal that adds 50 pence onto the membership costs.

Please e-mail me via the 'contact us' button to the left for the seperate e-mail address which has a payapal account.

SHARE Application - PDF

SHARE Application - Excel

The Aims of SHARE are...
Preserving recordings of Vivian Stanshall & his work before they’re lost.
Promoting Vivian to audiences old & new.
Researching Viv & the Bonzos' life and art.
Gathering latest news.
Bringing Viv’s work into the 21st Century.
Celebrating Viv’s work processes & creativity.
Sustaining sufficient interest in Viv’s work to warrant further commercial releases.


Over a long career of performing both music and spoken word for the stage, record and radio Vivian Stanshall produced little commercially available work, the only commercially published output of his post Bonzo solo career was 4 albums and 6 singles, along with a film and book of Sir Henry at Rawlinson End.
However, as you’ll see from this site Vivian was always working on one project or another.

The aim of this site is to raise the public awareness of Vivian and the recordings that do still exist of Rawlinson End episodes on John Peel’s Radio One show, along with many others he produced irregularly. Then there are the many recordings that exist of Vivian’s live performances, from the early 70’s to the early 90’s which are of varying quality.

Vivian’s output over these years was surprisingly large, and we certainly cannot claim to have all of the existing material of live and radio recordings that are floating around on various bootleg traders' lists.
If we can preserve these recordings, then we can hope to understand where Vivian Stanshall might have taken his creations of language and music had he stayed with us a little longer.

Having fully explained to Rupert Stanshall that this is very much a fan-based website, we are co-operating with his wishes because a good site dedicated to Vivian as a man and his varied works is a joint desire.

 

NEW Stuff :

13 January 2013

Viv's 70th Birthday Party

11 August 2011

Sir Henry Recreated on Stage & Radio

6 March 2011

Sir Henry on the Radio

Episodes from Sir Henry At Rawlinson End the radio series are being broadcast on BBC Radio 7 from Tues 8th March at
10.30.

29 Dec 2010

Stinkfoot radio piece

There is a documentary piece on Stinkfoot on Radio 5 Live at 2.30am on Thurs 29th December - One for listening to on the iPlayer perhaps.

29 April 2010

Viv Painting for sale

Stinkfoot information

15 April 2010

New Animation added

1 February 2010

New News on Three Bonzo's and a Piano Gigs & Album

25 December 2009

Additional news items - Viv on the Radio, 3 Bonzo's & a Piano, Stinkfoot Cometh

17 February 2009

Site Map

16 february 2009

Rupert's Relics - updated

News - 3 Bonzo's & a Piano gig dates

Susie Honeyman Recalls

8 February 2009

More Articles added

News Updated

3 November 2008

Now 6 delay & update

04 December 2007

Various pages have been updated, with new picture and other bits, more will follow next week

Rupert's Relics

12 October 2007

NOW 4 disseminated

12 June 2007

Bonzo Xmas Gigs

NOW 3

12 Jan 2007

Bonzo Tour Clips, pics & interviews

10 Nov 2006

Tour Interview

8 Nov 2006

Tour Launch Press Junket Video

31 Oct 2006

Sir Henry Screening MP3's

10 Oct 2006

Trailer for Sir Henry movie

4 Oct 2006

New info on the NEWS page

14 April 2006

New Articles!

An exhaustive list of Viv's live performances

Fan Clubs of the past

Surreal Ale

Who were the real 'Sir Henry's

30 March 2006

Desktop Images NEW!

18 March 2006

Bonzo DVD release

The Viv column

The Perfect Sir Henry

Pete Moss Interview

Interview mp3's

New Photo's of Bonzo Reunion


30 Jan 2006

Bonzo Reunion reviews

16 Nov 2005

Archive content List

22 Oct 2005

A list of Viv's Live performances

Rawlinson End - The Play

SHARE membership application form

New explanatory text on the Home & Intro pages

New Articles

Rawlinson End Play Info

New Links

Personally. I don't think I am bizarre.
It would be silly to say I don't notice that I'm different from other people, but my difference is a result of me being ruthlessly myself. I don't from day to day strive for effect, but I am not unconscious of the effect I cause.

Perhaps it would be more comfortable if I 'normed' up, then I wouldn't get touched and gawked at and that would alleviate things, but I would be losing more points personally, you see.

Vivian Stanshall

 

The above photo was taken by Danny Barbour and is his copyright, many thanks to Danny for allowing us to use this image.