This memoir begins with the author interviewing Roger Waters for a book on the making of The Wall. Waters suddenly announces he has to leave for a prearranged game of golf, but suggests ‘if you want any more memories, just make it up.’ Well, Scarfe assures us there’s no fiction here as he looks back over 83 years of professional and personal life, although he scrupulously avoids any mention of wife and children throughout, and nor sadly are there any of his trademark cartoons or caricatures. Nevertheless, the book encompasses his work during his time on Fleet Street, several wars, the stage, Hollywood and of course the world of rock music. During the course of this, he also analyses his drawing technique and style. It is quite an astonishing rollercoaster of a life, from an asthmatic, bed-ridden war time childhood to Private Eye and on to Nixon era America, the Vietnam War and the troubles in Northern Ireland. Inevitably he eventually progressed into the arena of television and animation, directing documentaries, creating sets for the theatre and opera, collaborating with Pink Floyd on The Wall in its various incarnations and then working on Disney’s Hercules film. Throughout this time his notoriously venomous satirical artwork and drawings rarely failed to raise hackles with his political and establishment targets. A very revealing autobiography by this sometime scourge of the establishment that proves to be a fascinating read
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There’s also an accompanying (and eye wateringly expensive) companion to this book, Sixty Years Of Being Rude, which showcases his art.