The Procurer


Jumpin’ Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock’n’roll Underworld ‘opens with its horrible subject, coming round after a severe beating. He is naked, bleeding, has had his head shaved and is bound to a chair which is in turn secured to a fifth-floor balcony railing above Kensington High Street, along which a CND march happens to be passing. He struggles free, staggers through his vandalized flat and, one suspects, immediately starts to work up the story to amuse his friends. Keiron Pim reveals that the man behind this brutal punishment was the artist Lucian Freud, with whom Litvinoff had fallen out.’

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By John Scanlan

John Scanlan is the Series Editor of Reverb with Reaktion Books.