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About Tony Staveacre

Tony Staveacre is a writer and radio and television producer. His books include Al Bowlly and The Songwriters and Slapstick! – the illustrated story of knockabout comedy. His programmes Irving Berlin – the Voice of the City and FaÌ_ade have won awards in the US and Canada. In 2004 he wrote and produced Tango Maestro for BBC Four, which premieres on 8 April 2005. He lives on the Mendip Hills with a wife and a saxophone.

Articles by Tony Staveacre

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

A Family Business

From slapstick film to fantastical theatre, Tony Staveacre traces the creative genius of the Chaplin dynasty.

New Tango

Astor Piazzolla is widely regarded as the most important tango musician in the latter half of the twentieth century. His creation "New Tango/ tango nuevo" changed the face of traditional tango music. Tony Staveacre, who recorded Piazzolla's last live session, pays tribute to the man "who took no prisoners".  
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