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The Velvet Mafia
The Velvet Mafia

The Velvet Mafia

The Gay Men Who Ran The Swinging Sixties


368 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Formats: Cloth, EPUB

Cloth, $28.99 (US $28.99) (CA $38.99)

Publication Date: February 2021

ISBN 9781787602311

Rights: US & CA

Omnibus Press (Feb 2021)


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Stories of the LGBT people at the centre of the UK's music industry in the 50s and 60s, who changed pop, politics, and society for good

Concentrating on the friendship between impresario Larry Parnes, Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and showbiz solicitor David Jacobs, the book details how they shaped the Swinging 60s, along with their associates including songwriter Lionel Bart (author of the hit musical Oliver!), record producer Joe Meek, Sir Joseph Lockwood (the head of EMI), Vicki Wickham (manager of Dusty Springfield and assistant producer on the influential TV show Ready Steady Go), songwriter and record label head Norman Newell, Simon Napier-Bell (manager of Marc Bolan), Kit Lambert (manager of the Who), playwright Joe Orton, and Robert Stigwood (manager of the Bee Gees and Cream). Drawing on rare and unpublished archive material, personal diaries, and new interviews from some of the survivors of that turbulent decade, The Velvia Mafia shows how—in the period leading up to the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality and the founding of the Gay Liberation movement—LGBT professionals in the music industry were working together, supporting each other and changing history.

Author Biography

Described as 'a veritable Bard of the bent, broken and Baroque' by Andy Partridge (XTC), Darryl W. Bullock is a writer, publisher and editor, specialising in music and the arts. He has written for publications including The Guardian, Pitchfork, the Quietus, Songwriting Magazine, The Bath Chronicle, Venue, Folio, The Spark, B24-7, 3Sixty, The Bath Magazine, the Bristol Evening Post and The Western Daily Press. He has been profiled in The Guardian, The Sunday Times and GT and has featured on BBC One (The Big Questions), C4 (Come Dine With Me) and on numerous local and national radio and TV programmes. He is also the publisher of The Green Guide to Bristol and Bath, the annual guide to ethical living for the West Country. Darryl is the author of The World's Worst Records (Volumes 1 and 2), Florence Foster Jenkins: the Life of the World's Worst Opera Singer (Duckworth-Overlook, 2016), singled out as 'delightfully cheering' by bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith in the New York Times, and David Bowie Made Me Gay, the highly-regarded history of a century of LGBT pop music. His next book, The Infamous Cherry Sisters, will be issued in December 2018. He posts weekly on his popular blog, The World's Worst Records (