John Stanley is a man with a bewildering range of achievements within Arts and Entertainment. He has been the media power behind numerous major TV Top 10 ratings series, many West End theatre productions; providing advice to Paul Getty and Duke of Edinburgh charity initiatives and Ronald Reagan’s Presidential campaign. His successful artist managements have included three quarter’s of BBC Radio 1’s initial prime time disc jockeys, specialist stars such as Billy Cobham (Jazz), Larry Gatlin (Country) Lou Reed (cult), advising classical conductor Sir Georg Solti (the most Grammy awarded artist in history) and the US launch of Bay City Rollers (US No: 1 Pop). His work with Nigel Kennedy creating yearlong No 1’s, lock out on Top 3 in LP charts and a place in the Guinness Book of Records. He has received a substantial haul of Platinum and Gold record awards from most territories as well as many other awards.
Stanley’s first one-man exhibition of his photographic studies was seen by over 17,000. Extensively published by leading publications, he represented the UK in a 39 nation-touring exhibition of the world’s photographers.
His radio production involved serving over 100 American stations featuring in-depth interviews with all the leading recording artists. He also represented EMI’s broadcast output to the United States. Now a regular BBC broadcaster he has appeared on over 100 shows.
Individual and co-productions of records with long standing client Russ Ballard involved UK and US Top 10 records, motion picture sound tracks and TV’s such as Miami Vice. Primarily with Russ responsible for achieving over 40,000,000 record sales. John was co-owner of record company creating No: 1 compilations featuring Rolling Stones, Yes, ELP, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Moody Blues, T Rex etc. He has also staged live shows including at the Albert Hall; 20,000 ticket outdoor concerts and devised private events at Buckingham Palace, St James’ Palace and on board the Royal Yacht.
Separately Stanley is one of the UK’s recognized motoring experts. Elected a Full member of the Guild of Motoring Writers for his decades of contributions to all the leading motoring publications, and author of the Stanley Classic Car Yearbooks, and he is a regular road/track test driver/presenter for Granada Television and the BBC East of England Motoring Correspondent.
John Stanley has acted as a film packager involving negotiations with Laurie Lee, Brian Aldiss, the Ford Madox Ford estate. He has directed MTV music videos, contributions to Panorama, written/produced major terrestrial Arts TV programmes receiving two BAFTA nominations – shows including Jose Carreras’ life story, devised and produced the Brahms Concerto for TV, Channel 4’s Christmas Special on the Bruch Concerto, and the Golden Rose Award winner with Nigel Kennedy and the Four Seasons.
He has provided skills to corporations such as Mark McCormack during IMG Artist launch period, consultant to Capital Radio for its launch, Yearly contracts to assist CBS Inc & Island Music in market shares. Sits on the EABF Select Committee, advised on loyalty schemes to Cellnet and publishing development for Gramophone Publications.
His early work in front line news gathering saw his work published in the majority of national and foreign media covering both hard news and current affairs and generated numerous regular columns. His 100’s of TV reportage pieces featured on BBC, ITV, COI and a variety of American, European and Japanese networks which brought him close to many historic events – he was for instance one of the few given access to the private graveside internment of Sir Winston Churchill.
Stanley was trained in art at Oxford specializing in Fines Arts and History of both Art and Architecture. His first painting exhibited in London at the age o6 - through Sir Peter Scott’s intervention his works are in a number of private collections and his images used by clients such as CBS, EMI and various international book publishers.
John Stanley was born in Cambridge, raised in Oxford, educated in South of England, variously lived in Cheltenham, Oxford, central London, Hampton and spells in Los Angeles and Miami. He and his wife currently live in North Norfolk and in the Mijas foothills of Southern Spain.
As an author John Stanley is published in 13 countries, nine languages, and numerous reprints from American to Hebrew. He is published by Lord Weidenfeld, Reed, Robson, Readers Digest, Osprey, Phaidon, St Martin’s Press, and both Millers and Mitchell Beazley within Conran Octopus.
All his experiences and cultural history have naturally fuelled his work as a best selling author.
“What John Stanley's work does is put these composers in the context of their historical period. He surveys the architecture, art and literature of the period, then explains how the musical currents fit into the scene...”
The Capital Times USA
“It's in many ways the first of its kind providing the overview”
Sheridan Morely. BBC
"Finally a volume that makes the classics accessible, dismantling the "longhair" stigma with erudite explorations and commentary on the classical scene from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Authoritative, informative, enlightening."
"One of the things I found most interesting about the book, the background to the individuals that comes trickling out - to go back into the past and give us what’s almost history - it really puts flesh on the bones....I found it very, very exciting book and one that took me into new realms of understanding"
Alex Dickson. Radio Clyde
"John Stanley criticises and summarises musical history in his excellent book - no more a book of self gratification; no more sweet and false method of writing. Neither a shallow book or a selection of gossip, this is a book for humans, amateurs and those who are interested, proof that professionalism and popularity do not necessarily conflict”...
Extract from Yedicot Ahronot article, Israel.
"Dull it isn't - fascinating it is. It's a gorgeous book because it reproduces an awful lot of wonderful moments in history and puts that in context with music, art, politics of the time".
Simon Bates. London Talk Radio
"This would make a marvellous book, if education could afford it, for all general students of the arts"
Ian Anderson. BBC Scotland