Why a Site?

Well, why not?

I first planned Voices of Variety as a book, and my agent approached publishers. There was some interest, but issues with production values and the size of an advance. So after a while, realising I was never going to be satisfied with the kind of book proposed, I decided to simply make all this material available as a resource for anyone interested in British popular culture of the earlier part of the 20th century – an ever-changing and expanding site where I would have total control, able to add and drop material and illustrations as appropriate. And, most importantly, I can link the text to moving archive images, which proliferate on YouTube and elsewhere. On the Leslie Sarony page, for example, as well as the text and illustrations, there is well over half-an-hour of audio and video material, and you can see Leslie performing as a young man and also in his 80s. You can’t have that multiplicity of experience with a book!

I hope you think the whole thing has worked.

Recent Feedback

Greg Butler

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Thanks Stephen, Would be good to get your voice into the show – I can travel down and meet up with you when you’re on the mainland for an interview – my email is greg@canbridge105.fm call (44) 01223872937

stephendee

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Hi Greg. Great idea – Sarony was a brilliant character and so multi-talented. I’m happy to help any way I can but I live in Dublin and in a couple of months I’ll be moving to the US for the best part of a year. I will be in the UK for three days from Oct 25th but in London and Winchester. If I can’t contribute directly, please feel free to use whatever you like from Voices of Variety – just give the site a mention. When you have a transmission date maybe you could let me know – I’m sure I can access Cambridge radio wherever I am. Best and hope all goes well – Stephen

Greg Butler

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Hi Steven, we are about to put together a two hour radio show playing 78s and recalling the life and early career of Leslie Sarony, His 3 sons are all on board with the project as are a large number of 78s collectors and music hall enthusiasts – Is this a project that we could tempt you also to get involved with greg@cambridge105.fm