The Man who was Screaming Lord Sutch
In the early 60s Sutch was one of the fathers of rock and roll music in England - recording with Joe Meek and pioneering an outrageous and fearsomely over-the-top stage act at a time when The Beatles and even The Stones were still in polo-neck sweaters. He invented glam-rock and shock-horror theatricality years before Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne. Many top musicians, from Richie Blackmore to Jimmy Page, had their first break in Sutch's band The Savages. By the 80s he was one of the most visible and well-known figures on the British political scene, regularly upstaging prime ministers at general elections in his Monster Raving Loony Party garb of top hat, leopardskin coat and loudhailer, whose manifesto of lowering the age of consent and passports for pets was seen as a silly joke at the time but has proved strangely prescient. And he was the ubiquitous Great British Eccentric, always available for talk shows, charity appearances and jolly publicity stunts.
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