Garth Bardsley's first biography, STOP THE WORLD - THE BIOGRAPHY OF ANTHONY
NEWLEY has garnered 5***** reviews - 'Brilliant' (What's on in London)
'Compelling' (Theatregoer) 'An expert job' (Musical Stages) - since its
publication in May 2003. It was selected by The Independent on Sunday
for its Christmas Book List and has received a great deal of media attention
including a major serialisation in The Daily Mail.
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Garth Bardsley first met Anthony Newley in 1994 when
they performed together in Leslie Bricusse's Scrooge - The Musical.
Now, with the authorisation of Newley's family, Bardsley has written his
first biography revealing a British star that few if any ever really knew
and the legacy of Newley's revolutionary talent.
Actor, singer, director, pop star, composer and writer
- a unique talent and cultural icon - Newley was a man of many parts from the
beginning of his career as a child actor, appearing famously as The Artful
Dodger in David Lean's Oliver Twist, through to adulthood when he discovered
his musical talent as a composer and performer.
His award-winning collaboration with Leslie Bricusse
saw the creation of such evergreen songs as: What Kind of Fool Am I?; Gonna
Build A Mountain; The Joker; Who Can I Turn To?; The Candy Man; Goldfinger
and Feeling Good. In 1989 Bricusse and Newley were inducted into
America's Songwriters Hall of Fame joining Noel Coward,
John Lennon and Paul McCartney
as the only British composers previously to have received this honour.
Their songs appear on the albums of over a hundred
recording artists, an extraordinary recognition of the enduring quality of
their work and include: Sammy Davis Jr; Tony Bennett; Shirley Bassey; Oscar
Peterson; Matt Monro; Bill Evans; Placido Domingo; Mantovani; Bobby Darin;
Barbra Streisand; Astrud Gilberto; Lena Horne; Nina Simone; Mel Torme;
Sarah Vaughan and Mariah Carey.
From his early days born into poverty in the East End
to his glorious nights topping the bill in Las Vegas and his glamorous
marriage to Joan Collins in the 60's, Anthony Newley was a man who gained
But behind the mask of success lay a fractured life, a
man plagued with depression and self doubt. The dark clown who needed
the approval and love of his audience to right off his despair and
loneliness. In this illuminating account of Anthony Newley's life,
Garth Bardsley explores his life long search for his father, the legacy of
his illegitimacy, the fortunes won and squandered, the wives and lovers, the
songs, the films and the shows.
The intimate and intriguing story of an extraordinary