Jumpin Jack Flash Epub ☆ Jumpin Jack eBook î

Jumpin Jack Flash Epub ☆ Jumpin Jack eBook î

Jumpin Jack Flash [Reading] ➿ Jumpin Jack Flash Author Keiron Pim – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk '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 '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 ‘one of the great mythic characters of ‘s 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 Jumpin Jack eBook î 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 dangerLitvinoff’s determination to live without trace means that his life has always eluded biographers until now This extraordinary feat of research entailed 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 uest to reveal one of British pop culture’s last great untold stories.


10 thoughts on “Jumpin Jack Flash

  1. Nigeyb Nigeyb says:

    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 1928–75David 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 Rolling Stones Lucian Freud Peter Rachman Eric Clapton and a host of other musicians artists criminals and aristos His most obvious legacy was through his role as consultant on the film 'Performance' Keiron Pim provides compelling evidence of how significant amounts of what ended up on the screen were drawn from Litvinoff's inside information some even drawn from personal experience 'Performance' is ultimately just a fraction of what makes this book so fascinating and captivating Part of the appeal lies in the extraordinary level of research Keiron Pim undertook Litvinoff’s life left little evidence for the would be biographer What remained were myths and unreliable memories Keiron Pim’s challenge was to sift through these fragments and try to work out what really happened I loved it From Litvinoff's early life in Bethnal Green in the 1930s to his last man out of time months in the mid 1970s prior to his suicide I was absorbed and engrossed throughout The book abounds with lots of great social history and some brilliant vignettes of a life lived at full throttle The book muses on both a life and an era and what flowed from each variously funny and sad light and dark Litvinoff was a walking contradiction and a mix of the monstrous infuriating charming evil amoral insightful inspirational and fascinating I finished the book with very mixed feelings about him I was dazzled by his hustler chutzpah and passion for art and music but also very disturbed by some cruel and dark acts For all his gifts he was also a bully and a sexual predator who did some very bad things It's a great read and a five star biography that I heartily recommend for anyone interested in London social history the 1960s and interesting lives but I cannot get some of the darker aspects of his life out of my head55


  2. Tosh Tosh says:

    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 David Litvinoff is a figure who very much lived in the shadows of other people Yet his presence was greatly noted in the world of the Krays as well as to the world of Eric Clapton Stones and the swinging London 60s Litvinoff was an invented character of sorts who was the bridge between the criminal life of London and the world of rock n' roll with a side trip to the cinema The author Keiron Pim did a fantastic job in putting together this biography that couldn't have been that easy


  3. Tim Pendry Tim Pendry says:

    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 throughThe 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 of effete cultural figures It also lies in the genreThe genre is that of the psychogeographical exploration of London and is beginning to get tired It once provided a mythography for the city a plausible creative regret of its denizens at modernity much like Kenneth Grahame's regret at the loss of the Tory countryside under industrialisationThis way of seeing which has its magical esoteric and occult aspects elsewhere can be deeply conservative nothing wrong with that since all have rights to self expression but it has long since peaked culturally It is now becoming a posture a style a repetition a series of literary inventionsThis happens to all creative literary movements that once captured a moment We saw it in Brian Dilon's The Great Explosion which we reviewed a couple of months ago It can still give us snatches of evocative writing but the cult of selective nostalgia has perhaps now gone too farThe central problem with the book is that Litvinoff does not stand up to scrutiny as anything than a series of footnotes to British and latterly Australian cultural history adding possibly unreliable details to that history but with one exception not himself a creator of very muchTo have influenced this or that person may be acknowledged but the effort here to turn this into 'a life as work of art' and as possible trigger for cultural change is overdone All of us all the time influence the other magpies of humanity Litvinoff is only remarkable for being a ZeligThe exception is an interesting one The book is persuasive that Litvinoff was centrally creative to the script and ambience of the culturally important Cammell and Roeg film Performance although this does not mean he created it What he did do was contribute to a meme of powerThat meme was the intersection of criminal gangsterdom built around the Krays homosexuality the arts swinging London rock music and the louche end of the aristocracy a meme that persists in popular culture and reappears years later in the framing of the recent child abuse scandalsThe best of the book tells us something about the roughness of Jewish life in the East End in the 1940s the petty criminal milieu of the 1950s and the merging of criminality fashion and the arts in Chelsea Mayfair and Soho in the 1960s with a nod to its export to the Wales of Operation JulieBut the man himself is tiresome and the author concentrates on the man a violent version of a type of loser we have all come across intermittently entertaining and stimulating but with little to offer once you have decided to make something of your life on your own accountSimply to have had a whole series of people Lucien Freud Eric Clapton Mick Jagger Donald Cammell and various Australian artist hippies pass through your life and 'influence' them is not enough to be significant or importantDoes one feel sorry for a man who achieved nothing of conseuence and killed himself in his late forties? At a human level of course but this was also a violent man who seems to have done serious life damaging harm to his lovers and who was irresponsible for dealing drugs to kidsThe author at times seems to struggle with his own thesis of importance as if having got stuck into the mystery of Litvinoff who was far from unintelligent he was obligated to proceed to the bitter end Attempts to turn the book into a disuisition on the unreliability of memory failWhere this book succeeds though indirectly is in its picture of the series of milieux through which Litvinoff floated although even here the book has to presume some belief that any particular milieu is intrinsically interesting on the part of the readerI happened to find the first third or so on the East End and criminality including the Welsh LSD culture interesting but was not over excited by the private lives of rock gods and was actually bored by the idiocies and self indulgence of the Sydney artistic community in the early 1970s However I recognise that an Australian might reverse that pattern of interest so the book does have some merit in adding useful background to bigger stories but in each case these are just footnotes using our Zelig as a weak propThe book is scattered with transcripts from Livinoff's only major personal leavings since he is otherwise merely an unreliable memory of others These show a man not without intelligence but unstable autodidactic and manipulative a model of sometimes barely repressed bile and crueltyThere was clearly a deep anger in this man a concoction perhaps of early poverty lack of opportunity and anti semitism He flipped into a shadow side that aped the feckless end of the aristocracy undertook a lop sided catalogue of obscure music and asserted difference in defianceThere is much of interest in the psychology of the man that is what happens to a hyper active a social and opportunistic mind when it is excluded from the mainstream and learns like any effective psychopath to suare an impulsive individualism with the wants and desires of othersPerhaps if the book was an exploration of this personality type in mid twentieth century society I would have enjoyed it but the attempt to make of the man than he was chafed It is as if the point was being lost throughout the balance between loss and survival for a misfit


  4. Elspeth Cherry Elspeth Cherry says:

    On account of having left no body of work to speak of David Litvinoff could have been forgotten—someone who did something but can't be googled anyone? Kieron Pim has crawled the spidery global web of contacts who still remembered the man to bring us this artefact a book a biography something we can google The point is to reveal aspects of 60s connections that wove previously distant British classes and social milieus together in chaotic and public ways And it helps us to understand the arc of the Absolute Beginners of the 50s to the JetSet Rockstars of the 70s Most of those artists had pretty difficult 80s and it seems like he could sense that coming David Litvinoff's identity as a homosexual Jewish gangster flits like a shadow through the cultural hotspots of the 60s gleefully blurring the dark and the light A fascinating story of a story too


  5. Paul Paul says:

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


  6. Saul Saul says:

    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


  7. Rob Rob says:

    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 movie Performance Eric Clapton and the Krays so the material is rich while one is once again left wondering how we all became so boring over subseuent decadesThat said Litvinoff was far from a figure to envy coming across as a big child most of all although his background of a Jewish émigré family is fascinating indeed and the influence of this ever present throughout his life Later chapters that take place in Wales and Australia are less fulfilling but in all it's a fine volume from Pim


  8. Mark Rubenstein Mark Rubenstein says:

    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 conseuences of the results Lovingly researched imminently readable Keiron Pim has set the bar incredibly high delivering much than promised


  9. Leza Leza says:

    Fascinating and incredibly well researched and written


  10. Paul Dickson Paul Dickson says:

    Brilliant a real page turner


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