Written by Chris Shields - founder of the Beulah Spa History Project. A musician, composer, writer, historian and librarian from Upper Norwood, South London. His music has been played on BBC Radio and he's performed at many concert halls from The Point, Dublin to the Fairfield Halls, Croydon. He has released four original music albums - 'Haunt Me' in 1993, In a Melody in 1997, 'Sky Turn Blue' in 2001 and 'Be Myself' in 2013. He has also written four books - 'The Beulah Spa 1831-1856 - A New Pictorial History', 'Putting My Past Behind Me - A Family Story', 'Christianity - A New Historical Perspective' and 'Early Rik: Thoughts of A Clown - Rik Mayall in the Early Eighties'. Chris lives in South Croydon with his wife, two children and blue staffy. www.chrisshieldsmusic.com
This book features the early quotes of Rik Mayall and his thoughts and views on the art of comedy. In the history of comedy, there's been a small group of special individuals: WC Fields, Stan, Oliver Hardy, Spike Milligan, Tony Hancock, Tommy Cooper, Peter Cook, John Cleese, Rowan Atkinson and Rik Mayall. Rik Mayall exploded on to the comedy scene in the 1980s. He was so original, successful and hysterically funny that he became the most loved comic in Britain. Explode he really did - at the forefront and the leader of this new 'alternative comedy', he was shocking, exciting and breath-taking, provoking hysteria similar to the beginnings of rock'n'roll. This book documents Rik's first ten years in 'showbiz' from 1976 in Manchester to being at no.1 in the pop charts with Cliff Richard in 1986. This book features the early quotes of Rik Mayall and his thoughts and views on the art of comedy with rare pics and quotes from those who knew and loved him. 'So do up your trousers, keep your shoes clean and throw away your old Young Ones scrapbook as this book has it all'.