Today's castaway on Desert Island Discs confused the rock critics in the late 1970s with songs like Sweet Gene Vincent, Reasons to be Cheerful and outraged the BBC with Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll. Ian Dury and the Blockheads were part vaudeville act and part punk rock band. In his songs, he created the characters Clevor Trever and Billericay Dickie and so invented the original Essex Man. He's also a painter and an actor, but as he reveals to Sue Lawley, he's writing songs again and hopes to be back in the charts soon.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Ramblin by Ornette Coleman
Book: Macmillan Dictionary of Art
Luxury: Mixing Desk - Solar Powered

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40 minutes

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Fri 31 Mar 2000 09:00

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Role Contributor
PresenterSue Lawley
Interviewed GuestIan Dury

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