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Vidal Sassoon

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 09 October 2011

Kirsty Young's castaway is the veteran hairdresser Vidal Sassoon.

He developed the architecturally precise bobs and cropped styles that were a defining look of the 1960s. Mary Quant, Mia Farrow and Twiggy were among the glamorous clients who came to his salons in London and Beverly Hills.

His scissors and ambition lifted him out of the grinding poverty of his childhood - he spent six years in an orphanage because his mother could not afford to keep him at home. Now aged 83, he says:" I've had the best adventure you could possible have, for a kid that started from nowhere."

Record: Mahler's 8th Symphony
Book: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Luxury: A dozen bottles of Vidal Sassoon hair shampoo

Producer: Isabel Sargent.

Music Played

8 items
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    Dinah Washington What a Difference a Day Makes

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    Label: EMI

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    Billy Eckstine Greatest Hits, Polydor

  • Image for Anton Bruckner

    Anton Bruckner Part of the first movement from the 9th symphony

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  • Image for Charles Aznavour

    Charles Aznavour What Makes a Man

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    Giacomo Puccini Un bel di – One beautiful day – from Madame Butterfly

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    The Bryan Ferry Orchestra The Way You Look Tonight

    Composer: Fields and Kern

    As Time Goes By, Virgin

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    Gustav Mahler Part of Symphony No.8

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    Symphony No.8/Gustav Mahler, EMI

  • Image for The Count Basie Orchestra

    The Count Basie Orchestra April in Paris

    Composer: Vernon Duke

    Count Basie and His Orchestra April in Paris, Verve

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Kirsty Young
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Vidal Sassoon

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