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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 - Cultural Interdisciplinary Practice



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.

Citation

Sobers, S. (in press). The Emperor and the Pianiola: A children's book for adults. Bath: Imperial Voice

Book Type Authored Book
Acceptance Date Nov 23, 2019
Deposit Date Nov 30, 2019
Keywords pianola, history, exile, music, sanctity, haile selassie
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/4750858