House of Nutter

The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (11.68 hours)
Product Number: Z100128594
Released: May 01, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780525529446
Narrator/s: Nicholas Guy Smith
Publisher: Books on Tape
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The strange, illuminative true story of Tommy Nutter, the Savile Row tailor who changed the silhouette of men's fashion-and his rock photographer brother, David, who captured it all on film. From an early age, there was something different about Tommy and David Nutter. Growing up in an austere apartment above a cafe catering to truck drivers, both boys seemed destined to lead rather humble lives in post-war London-Tommy as a civil servant, David as a darkroom technician. Yet the strength of their imagination (plus a little help from their friends) transformed them instead into unlikely protagonists of a swinging cultural revolution. In 1969, at the age of twenty-six, Tommy opened an unusual new boutique on the "golden mile" of bespoke tailoring, Savile Row. While shocking a haughty establishment resistant to change, "Nutters of Savile Row" became an immediate sensation among the young, rich, and beautiful, beguiling everyone from Bianca Jagger to the Beatles-who immortalized Tommy's designs on the album cover of Abbey Road. Meanwhile, David's innate talent with a camera vaulted him across the Atlantic to New York City, where he found himself in a parallel constellation of stars (Yoko Ono, Elton John) who enjoyed his dry wit almost as much as his photography. House of Nutter tells the stunning true story of two gay men who influenced some of the most iconic styles and pop images of the twentieth century. Drawing on interviews with more than seventy people-and taking advantage of unparalleled access to never-before-seen pictures, letters, sketches, and diaries-journalist Lance Richardson presents a dual portrait of brothers improvising their way through five decades of extraordinary events, their personal struggles playing out against vivid backdrops of the Blitz, an obscenity trial, the birth of disco, and the devastation of the AIDS crisis. A propulsive, deftly plotted narrative filled with surprising details and near-operatic twists, House of Nutter takes readers on a wild ride into the minds and times of two brilliant dreamers.

Author(s): Lance Richardson
Original Publish Date: May 01, 2018

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Author(s): Lance Richardson
Product Number EB00710649
Released: May 01, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Crown Archetype
ISBN: #9780451496485

Professional reviews

"This fascinating biography follows the lives of two brothers as they burst out of their restrained lower-middle-class upbringing in postwar London into the new style scene of Swinging '60s London. Catching the imagination of the listener, the narration by Nicholas Guy Smith brings the different characters to life and helps to create the perfect backdrop for this biography. The Nutter brothers both forge successful careers--Tommy as a designer, David as a photographer--which allow them to mix with the glamorous and famous, from John Lennon to Elton John. Smith slips easily into the narration with an understated style that allows the absorbing lives of the two brothers to unfold center stage. K.J.P. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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