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A Whole Scene Going On

My Story of Private Eye, the Pop Revolution and Swinging Sixties London

by Barry Fantoni


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ISBN: 9781846974892
Published: 10 Oct 2019
Format: Hardback
Extent: 256
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Polygon , Polygon
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About the Book

A Whole Scene Going On covers Barry Fantoni's working – and sometimes not working – life from his first sell-out one-man show in 1963 through his time at Private Eye and the creativity of the Sixties to 1968 when the decade of pop and fashion gave way to the demo, the Red Brigade and social unrest.

The memoir begins with his early days at Private Eye where he first met Peter Cook, and then covers his work as an artist and illustrator, and his film and television career. From teaching Malcolm McLaren at Croydon Art School and writing a song for Marianne Faithfull to finding a harmonium for Paul McCartney and his lifelong friendship with Ray Davies of the Kinks, Barry’s account of the Sixties is a wry and observational gem. The players and the parts they played have been chosen for their genuine contribution to a decade that seems more popular now than it was at the time.

The Author

Barry Fantoni

Barry Fantoni was born in London’s East End in 1940 to an Italian father and a Jewish mother of French and Dutch extraction, both gifted musicians. In 1963, following a period of travel and the sell out of his first one man show in London, Fantoni joined Private Eye magazine as a member of the editorial staff. He would appear in all but 31 issues of the magazine in its 50 years. In 1966 Barry was given the job of creating and presenting a TV show exploring popular trends in the arts called A Whole Scene Going. Barry Fantoni now lives in Calais where he writes plays, books, poetry and is looking to Paris to form a theatre company.