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David Litvinoff and the Rock’n’Roll Underworld
Keiron Pim

  • Thursday 9 June 2016, 6.30PM to 7:20pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • Ron Cooke Hub, University of York (map|getting to campus)
  • Wheelchair accessible

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How do you write a full-length biography about a seemingly untraceable life? David Litvinoff (1928-75), flitted between the worlds of music, art and crime, but made a determined effort to leave behind no sign of his existence. Now 40 years after Litvinoff’s death, author and journalist Keiron Pim has told his story. Doing so entailed 100 interviews with Litvinoff’s family and friends. These included musicians such as Eric Clapton and Marianne Faithfull, London criminals including Mad Frankie Fraser and associates of the Kray twins, and actors such as James Fox, who co-starred in Performance, a film that drew deeply from Litvinoff’s experiences in the criminal underworld.

Keiron made numerous research trips to locations spanning from Wales to Australia, and spent many hours in archives - plus many more reading books relating to his subject. Come along and hear how Keiron tracked Litvinoff down.

About the speaker

Keiron Pim is an author and journalist who lives in Norwich with his wife and three daughters. Jumpin’ Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock’n’Roll Underworld is his first biography. Previously he wrote The Bumper Book of Dinosaurs (Square Peg, 2013), a popular science guide to dinosaurs, and edited and introduced Into the Light: the Medieval Hebrew Poetry of Meir of Norwich (East Publishing, 2013).


The book will be available to buy from the Waterstones' stall at this event.


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