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Bill Campbell was the son of J R Campbell, an iconic figure in the British Communist Party.
As a teenager at the height of the depression, Bill Campbell left
Quickly finding a job in a factory and performing to his workmates, he discovered his vocation as an entertainer. Soon, he was singing and playing in a popular jazz orchestra, toured the
In 1977, he returned to his homeland and published his life story, "Villi the Clown", with Faber and Faber in 1981. This extraordinary and lively account is full of anecdotes.