The fun and the feuds, the high points, the dismal lows, the scandals, the most outrageous outfits, the innovators and the copy cats, this glorious book captures the singular flavour of Eurovision, charting its journey from the first competition in 1956 - just seven entrants, broadcast from a tiny venue in Switzerland with a studio audience of 200 - to the international extravaganza watched by millions of viewers that it has become today. It's a completely unique event in modern pop music, with its own agenda entirely, that has spawned almost as many anti-heroes as it has stars. Fully updated, and illustrated throughout with amazing photos, plus rare memorabilia including artwork for singles, this book is a nostalgic and resplendent celebration of an at times eccentric competition that is adored around the world. This edition has been fully updated to include 2008 and 2009's great events.
John Kennedy O' Connor has been a fan of Eurovision ever since he can remember. He has every single sleeve for every Eurovision entry, and is passionate about the show. He is an Englishman living in New York and this is his first book.