Music hall dad

Prospect Magazine

Music hall dad

/ / Leave a comment

John Major’s memoir of his father gives us a front row seat

 An 1893 programme for a music hall bill that includes the stars Marie Lloyd and Dan Leno

This gent phoned me the other day. “Listen!” he ses, “D’you fancy doing a write-up for us? A review?”

“How d’you mean?” I ses.

“John Major has written a book about his dad and the old music hall. Now you know a bit about this!  So how about it? We’ll give you a few bob,” he ses.

“Right,” I ses. “I’ll get up and get dressed. When do I start?”

The words “music hall” bring to mind the picture of a raucous mob, howling and bellowing their old familiar phrases, the same heckling lines you hear at prime minister’s question time: “Rubbish! Codswallop! Resign!”  Back when he was in office, facing the hecklers at PMQs, John Major would endeavour to bring order, to calm things down with his patient and reasonable manner. He

You need to be logged in to see this part of the content. Please either subscribe or Login to access.

Leave a comment


Ken Dodd

Ken Dodd is a comedian 

Share this

Most Read

Prospect Buzz

  • Prospect's masterful crossword setter Didymus gets a shout-out in the Guardian
  • The Telegraph reports on Nigel Farage's article on Lords reform
  • Prospect writer Mark Kitto is profiled in the New York Times

Prospect Reads

  • Do China’s youth care about politics? asks Alec Ash
  • Joanna Biggs on Facebook and feminism
  • Boris Berezosky was a brilliant man, says Keith Gessen—but he nearly destroyed Russia