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Vidal Sassoon, Angelica Garnett, Maurice Sendak and Lloyd Brevett

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 11 May 2012

Matthew Bannister on

Vidal Sassoon - who revolutionised the world of hairdressing during the swinging sixties. We'll hear his own memories of fighting the blackshirts in London's East End and Mary Quant recalls their trend setting collaboration..

Also the artist Angelica Garnett, only daughter of the Bloomsbury Group painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and niece of Virginia Woolf

Maurice Sendak, the children's writer best known for "Where The Wild Things Are". Michael Rosen pays a literary tribute.

And Lloyd Brevett, the bass player behind the ska rhythm that gave birth to reggae.

  • Vidal Sassoon

    Last Word spoke to Professor Robert Wistrich, Director of the Vidal Sassoon International Centre for the Study of Anti-Semitism and also to hairdresser Neil Cornelius and former hairdresser Michael Gordon.

    Born 17 January 1928; died 9 May 2012 aged 84.

  • Angelica Garnett

    Matthew spoke to Colin McKenzie, Director of the Charleston Trust and to Angelica’s sister in law Olivier Bell.

    Born 25 December 1918; died 4 May 2012 aged 93.

  • Maurice Sendak

    Michael Rosen pays tribute.

    Born 10 June 1928; died 8 May 2012 aged 83.

  • Lloyd Brevett

    Last Word spoke to the writer David Katz, an expert in the history of ska and reggae.

    Born 1 August 1931; died 3 May 2012 aged 80.



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