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Be magnificent

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 20 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c352
  1. Birte Twisselmann, web editor, BMJ
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    The singer Ian Dury’s polio affected his personal relationships and his art, discovers Birte Twisselmann, who saw a film about his life with the disease

    “I ain’t no blinkin’ thickie, I’m Billericay Dickie, and I’m doing very well,” goes the chorus of one of the late Ian Dury’s most popular songs. Apart from the well known fact that the singer wasn’t from Essex but Harrow, the son of an academic and a bus driver, “doing very well” is an understatement considering what he made of his life in the face of his polio related disability.

    A new film directed by Mat Whitecross, enticingly entitled Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, centre’s on Dury’s ascent to fame and complex personal life with great panache, covering roughly a decade, starting with the birth of his son Baxter in 1972. The film’s non-linear chronological structure offers retrospective glances at what preceded the …

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