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‘Someone you had to be a bit careful with’

David Sylvester: Gallery Rogues, 30 March 2000

Groovy Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Fraser 
by Harriet Vyner.
Faber, 317 pp., £20, October 1999, 0 571 19627 6
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... And he called her Mummy, but it was the intonation, the way he said it, just like a little boy.’ Vyner’s book uses a technique sometimes known as ‘oral history’, meaning the construction of a montage of quotes from recorded interviews with a variety of witnesses plus fragments of written matter. It is a technique used constantly in television and radio ...

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