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The Emperor and the Pianiola: A children's book for adults.

Sobers, Shawn

Authors

Shawn Sobers Shawn.Sobers@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Film & Journalism



Abstract

This illustrated photo-book explores the story of Emperor Haile Selassie and the Ethiopian royal family coming to live in the city of Bath following Mussolini's invasion, and how they used pianola music to create a sense of sanctity for the family at a time of immense stress.

The story comes up to the present day, hearing the comfort music choices of the senior citizens who currently use Fairfield House. The elders fulfil the wish of the Emperor, who left the house to the city as a gift to be used by older people.

Book Type Authored Book
APA6 Citation Sobers, S. (in press). The Emperor and the Pianiola: A children's book for adults. Bath: Imperial Voice
Keywords pianola, history, exile, music, sanctity, haile selassie