In the past couple of years I have appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature, York Festival of Ideas, the Chorleywood Literary Festival, Jewish Book Week and Norwich’s Hostry Festival. During 2016 I discussed Jumpin' Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock'n'Roll Underworld at numerous festivals and literary events, including the Port Eliot Festival, the Whitechapel Library Write Idea Festival, the Sohemian Society at the Wheatsheaf pub in Soho, and the Wymondham Words Literary Festival. Details of future talks and book-signings will appear below.
October 13th 2017:
WITH HARRIET VYNER, KEIRON PIM AND JOHN PEARSE + A SCREENING OF LEGENDARY CULT SWINGING LONDON CLASSIC, MOVIEMAKERS
DOORS 7PM TICKETS £8 ADVANCE £10 ON THE DOOR
Swingeing London: A Trip Back into the 1960s – with Harriet Vyner, Keiron Pim and John Pearse and a screening of legendary cult swinging London classic, Moviemakers.
Described by Paul McCartney as "one of the most influential people of the London Sixties scene", Robert Fraser was a hedonistic modern art dealer who introduced London to Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton to The Beatles and went to jail following the infamous Redlands drugs bust.
Trend-setter, heroin addict and promiscuous homosexual, the highs and lows of his extraordinary life have been charted by his close friend Harriet Vyner, in her peerles, and recently updated, biography Groovy Bob.
Keiron Pim’s highly acclaimed book Jumpin’ Jack Flash provides a portrait of one of the murkier but no less charismatic figures of that age: David Litvinoff.
Flitting between the worlds of music, art and crime, Litvinoff was a hinge between the underworld of the Kray twins and the playgrounds of the rockerati and accordingly employed as a ‘dialogue adviser’ on Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s classic film Performance.
With Nigel Waymouth and Sheila Cohen, John Pearse opened the renowned King’s Road boutique Granny Takes a Trip in 1966. Four years later he directed his first feature film, Moviemakers, having been told by Fellini he’d ‘make a great movie director.’
A murder mystery and ‘requiem for the King’s Road’, this Warholian-inflected masterpiece all but disappeared after its inital release in 1971 and remains one of the period’s most rarely screened cinematic gems.
Join Vyner, Pim and Pearse, then, in an evening of discussions, readings and screenings, as they lead us on a trip back to a time of unprecedented and radical developments in pop, fashion and art. An era when crooks socialised with aristocrats, the Rolling Stones rubbed shoulders with Old Etonians, Soho was a go go, and Chelsea remained the fashion epicentre of the western world.
Dragnet is the brainchild of the writers Cathi Unsworth, Travis Elborough and Syd Moore. A series of multifarious events that move from the Essex shore to the city and back again, proudly trawling the open waters of art, film, pop culure, music and noirish literature.
October 14th, 2017:
Gangland London Film Festival
Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner, a one-time rock superstar, who is looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent.
Q&A with Keiron Pim, author of the award-winning Jumpin’ Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock’n’Roll Underworld – the biography of David Litvinoff – an extraordinary man who connected the worlds of art, rock’n’roll and criminality in Fifties and Sixties London.