A Modest Maestro -The Lew Stone Story
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A MODEST MAESTRO is the title of a new biography of Lew Stone, written by Tony Staveacre, which will be published in paperback in December 2010.
Price: £12 (+ £4 post and packing - UK)
Please send cheques for £16 to address below.
128 pages, including 52 illustrations/photos (colour and b&w)
LEW STONE earned his place in the top rank of British dance band leaders the hard way. He was a pianist and busy freelance arranger, who took charge of the house band at the Monseigneur Restaurant in Piccadilly by accident in 1932, when the American celebrity conductor Roy Fox fell ill and Lew stepped up from the piano stool to take his place. He went on to create the musical style for one of the most successful broadcast and recording dance bands of the pre-war years: a period now recognised as a Golden Age of popular music, when the congenial atmosphere and explosion of musical talent that centred on the West End of London spread out to ballrooms and theatres nationwide on the wings of radio.
TONY STAVEACRE has written this full account of Lew Stone's life in collaboration with Lew's widow Joyce, whose reminiscences, recorded on many hours of tape in her 98th year, give this musical biography a very personal dimension. Tony Staveacre is also the author of 'Al Bowlly' (biography), 'The Songwriters' and 'Slapstick!'. He has written several musical plays for the theatre, including 'Fred Karno's Army' , 'Wodehouse on Broadway', 'Follies of Weston-super-Mare' and 'The Very Thought of You'. Since 1964 he has devised and produced hundreds of programmes for television and radio on popular culture themes.
To buy copies of 'A Modest Maestro': please send cheques (made out to A.J.Staveacre C/F) to Channel View, Rhodyate, Blagdon, North Somerset BS40 7TP.
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The author is happy to sign or dedicate any copies of the book, as requested: please supply detailed instructions with your order.