Jumpin' Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock'n'roll Underworld
"'REVELATORY.' - DAILY TELEGRAPH *****David Litvinoff (1928u75) was one of the great mythic characters of 60s London' u 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 Performanceby 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
Long-listed for Gordon Burn Prize 2016.