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My father wound it up on Sunday mornings after lunch. It gave me great pleasure to watch the heavy weights ascending on their chains as he did so, and to see the adjustable pendulum swinging to and fro through the narrow open door in the case.
- Owning Up : The Trilogy by George Melly (2002, Paperback, Reprint).
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In the corner cupboard were heavy cut-glass tumblers, engraved burgundy glasses in beautiful glowing colours, claret glasses and liqueur glasses. On the walls were early nineteenth-century hunting and shooting prints: As a child, she told me, she had once recited a poem about the Boer War, then in progress, at a benefit concert.
She had no idea what it meant but had even so reduced many of her audience to tears. The Trilogy by George Melly. It took me a long time to read this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
In three parts, the first dealt with Melly's childhood in Liverpool and gave an insight into the city in the 30s and 40s as well as a good portrait of his large family. The second, my favourite was his days in the Navy, it sounds like he had a great time amongst all the sailors, but also discovered women along the way!
The final part was in the time of the 50s and 60s, his days on the road with the band, meeting the jazz grea It took me a long time to read this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The final part was in the time of the 50s and 60s, his days on the road with the band, meeting the jazz greats such as Louie Armstrong, and also telling how Humph, Acker Bilk etc developed and grew into the bands I remember.
I felt I understood Melly the man a lot better when I finished the book, only having seen him as a camp, outrageous performer before. Oct 26, Tosh rated it really liked it.
I read this some years ago, but just recently re-read one of the memoirs in this super volume. Witty, charming, and "Owning Up" is a memoir about his years as a traveling jazz singer in the UK during the 50's.
Owning Up: The Trilogy by George Melly
Great touring stories, with a great cast of characters. British to the core, you can taste the post-war years of London via this book.
Jan 26, Andy rated it it was amazing. Sharp, funny and insightful memoirs from a great cultural commentator - as cool at 80 as he had been at Peter Lomas rated it really liked it Mar 12, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Feb 03, Ben Locker rated it really liked it Jun 22, Paul Hughes rated it really liked it Aug 19, Louise O'donnell rated it really liked it Oct 03, Sheila Simpson rated it liked it Dec 16, Paul rated it it was amazing May 21, Rob Geurtsen rated it it was amazing Sep 28, John Swales rated it it was amazing Nov 20, Teresa Wainwright rated it liked it Dec 01, Paul rated it liked it Jun 21, Don Wilton rated it it was amazing Oct 01, Imran rated it it was amazing Oct 08, Caroline rated it it was amazing May 22, Dan Sumption rated it it was amazing Mar 05, Philip Davies rated it really liked it Apr 14,