Jumpin' Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock’n’Roll Underworld

Jumpin Jack Flash David Litvinoff and the Rock n Roll Underworld REVELATORY DAILY TELEGRAPH Pim s remarkable book pulls from the shadows the story of a man who did his best to leave no trace Will Hodgkinson a The Times Book of the YearDavid Litvinoff was o

  • Title: Jumpin' Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock’n’Roll Underworld
  • Author: Keiron Pim
  • ISBN: 9780224098120
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • REVELATORY DAILY TELEGRAPH Pim s remarkable book pulls from the shadows the story of a man who did his best to leave no trace Will Hodgkinson, a The Times Book of the YearDavid Litvinoff 1928 75 was one of the great mythic characters of 60s London outrageous, possessed of a lightning wit and intellect, dangerous to know, always lurking in the shadows as REVELATORY DAILY TELEGRAPH Pim s remarkable book pulls from the shadows the story of a man who did his best to leave no trace Will Hodgkinson, a The Times Book of the YearDavid Litvinoff 1928 75 was one of the great mythic characters of 60s London outrageous, possessed of a lightning wit and intellect, dangerous to know, always lurking in the shadows as the spotlight shone on his famous friends Flitting between the worlds of music, art and crime, he exerted a hidden influence that helped create the Kray twins legend and Lucian Freud s reputation as a man never to be crossed connected the Rolling Stones with London s dark side redirected Eric Clapton s musical career and shaped the plot of the classic film Performance by revealing his knowledge of the city s underworld, a decision that put his life in danger.Litvinoff s determination to live without trace means that his life has always eluded biographers, until now This extraordinary feat of research entailed 100 interviews over five years, with everyone from Eric Clapton and Marianne Faithfull to James Fox and Mad Frankie Fraser the result is by turns wickedly funny, appalling, revelatory and moving, and epic in its scope as it traces a rogue s progress at the interface of bohemia and criminality from the early Fifties to the Seventies It is also an account of Keiron Pim s determined pursuit of Litvinoff s ghost, which took him from London to Wales and Australia in a quest to reveal one of British pop culture s last great untold stories.

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    1. For me, what is there not to love about this book? In 300 or so pages, I get a bit of Jewish London history of the East End, The Krays, The Rolling Stones, and a tale of an obsessive record / music collector who was also a criminal, Francis Bacon & Lucian Freud, London Soho night life, as well as one of the leading influences of the great film "Performance." Not only that, he was hired as an advisor for the film, and hinted that perhaps (or perhaps not) wrote some of the scenes in the film. [...]


    2. It was thanks to (the wonderful) Paul Willetts that I got wind of this book. Paul tipped me off about it a few months prior to its publication. Paul had provided some help and support to Keiron Pim whilst he was writing this book about David Litvinoff (1928–75).“David who?” David Litvinoff was a mythic character from 1960s London who was a catalyst during that brief period when the worlds of pop, criminality, art and the aristocracy collided. He knew George Melly, the Kray twins, the Rolli [...]


    3. Undoubtely Keiron Pim put a great deal of effort into this book. This should be respected but ultimately one is left asking - why did he bother? Well, that's his business but I am the reader who found himself determined to finish something I was not enjoying from about half way through.The problem lies partly in the subject matter - a narcissistic sociopath with attention deficit disorder who journeyed from petty crime and thuggery to being a camp follower (in both senses) of different networks [...]


    4. Fascinating tour of the countercultures & subcultures of the 60s & 70s in the company of the mercurial & threatening mystery that is David Litvinoff.


    5. Keiron Pim's meticulously investigated piece of « deep cartography » is an unmissable must-read for anybody interested in rifling through London's post-war bins. And, like a polymathic pea beneath the capital's multi-mattressed past, the umbrageous grot that is David Litvinoff is presented with pinprick precision. Loved it and thoroughly recommend it.


    6. It's a real trend at the moment to use the biography of a minor figure to illustrate an age and the elusive David Litvinoff is the avatar for the Swinging Sixties of London in this amusing, elegantly written and impeccably researched volume. As ever, it's the anecdotes that win out - Litvinoff had varying levels of contact with Lucian Freud, Mick Jagger (he was involved in the moviePerformance ), Eric Clapton and the Krays so the material is rich - while one is once again left wondering how we a [...]


    7. A biography which, in its scope and breadth, serves as a fascinating history of Victorian through mid-Seventies London, with David Litvinoff as its central figure. Existing in the shadows, Litvinoff rearranged 1960s London society through having connected Chelsea aristocracy [Jagger, Clapton], Soho bohemians [Freud, Bacon] and East End criminality [Reggie, Ronnie], often finding himself running from or suffering the consequences of the results. Lovingly researched, imminently readable, Keiron Pi [...]


    8. Fascinating story about David Litvinoff, a mysteriously mythic figure of Sixties London. Beautifully and cleverly written, and featuring the Krays, Rolling Stones, Lucian Freud and Eric Clapton, to name but a few among a huge cast of characters, it's a genuinely gripping and very enjoyable piece of biography / social history.



    9. Jumpin' Jack Flash is a brilliant piece of research with one of the most startling openings of any biography I have read. It is, perhaps slightly overlong but is a compelling read, presenting David Litvinoff as a sympathetic character among a bunch of hoods (The Kray twins, Lucian Freud) that would bring any slasher novel instantly to life. As a fascinating and detailed history of London low-life/aristocracy in the fifties and sixties, it is almost unequaled.


    10. Hate to do it but I'm going to have to bin this one. This should have been a magazine article at best. Instead the author has gone to incredible lengths to cover a very minor character who is not particularly interesting and certainly not worth all the academic foot notes he includes on every other page- this is't Winston Churchill. In theory I should have loved this book since it covers many areas of interest for me, but trying to read the microscopic print which is basically saying nothing abo [...]


    11. Intricate, absorbing and damn interesting biographyMore so even than the usual pieces written about the more famous 'stars' of the era. A real slice of a set of/in the times.



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