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    Almost gave up on this one early because I wasn't sure I liked the tone but I'm glad I stuck with it The I read the better it got; the longer I was in that world the I liked being there Basically a memoir based around his friendship with Bacon their interactions over the years flipping between London and Paris Didn't need to be a bio to get a good feel for who Bacon was the lifestyle he led the circles he ran in A nice little pe

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    It's sort of inspiring to read about the way Francis Bacon would spend money endless rounds of drinks for himself and all his friends and plenty of people who became his friends because he bought them drinks dinner night after night at the m

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    Michael Peppiatt's memoir of life with the great painter Francis Bacon is rich in alcohol and every expensive meal they ate

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    Adrian Scarborough reads Michael Peppiatt's intimate and indiscreet account of his thirty year friendship with the defining artist of our timeMichael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho's French House

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    A memoir of Francis Bacon was always going to interest me but this exceeded my expectations by a long way I find the character of Bacon and his voice so fascinating and even addictive and this memoir by Peppiatt fully enters you into the world that Bacon inhabited From the big drinking sessions in restaurants drifting around Soho and into The Colony Room i just couldn't get enough of the energy Bacon gave off

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    From BBC Radio 4 Book of the WeekAdrian Scarborough reads Michael Peppiatt's intimate and indiscreet account of his thirty year friendship with the defining artist of our timeMichael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 196

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    19 AUG 2015 recommended by Bettie Thanks

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    I really liked this book It is well written and multifaceted It's true that there is some repetition of things Francis Bacon said but I think he repeated them because he thought they were important and didn't want them to be forgotten by his faithful friend and biographer He would also paint the same subject i

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    If you picked up Michael Peppiatt's book looking for a biography of Bacon you're going to be disappointed Yes there are plenty of facts here But no Bacon biog isn't the point This is a book about Peppiatt himself Actually it's of a Venn diagram about how the writer's life intersects with Bacon though I must admit I am pi

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    A memoir about hanging out with an iconic artist that manages to be both fascinating and banal at the same timePeppiatt lucked into a friendship with the painter Francis Bacon while the former was a student at Cambridge Having decided on a whim to do an art issue of the school paper Peppiatt finagles an introduction to Bacon and hits the ja

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It is a story I have been wanting to write for a long time telling it as it really was before that whole world that I shared with Francis vanishes Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho's French House to reuest an interview for a student magazine he was editing Bacon invited him to lunch and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no holds barred conversation that would continue until Bacon's death thirty years later Fascinated by the artist's brilliance and charisma Peppiatt accompanied him on his nightly round of. Almost gave up on this one early because I wasn t sure I liked the tone but I m glad I stuck with it The I read the better it got the longer I was in that world the I liked being there Basically a memoir based around his friendship with Bacon their interactions over the years flipping between London and Paris Didn t need to be a bio to get a good feel for who Bacon was the lifestyle he led the circles he ran in A nice little peek into the high octane art world Encounters with Rauschenberg until Bacon's death thirty years later Fascinated by the artist's brilliance and charisma Peppiatt accompanied him on his nightly round of. Almost gave Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries up on this one early because I wasn t sure I liked the tone but I m glad I stuck with it The I read the better it got the longer I was in that world the I liked being there Basically a memoir based around his friendship with Bacon their interactions over the years flipping between London and Paris Didn t need to be a bio to get a good feel for who Bacon was the lifestyle he led the circles he ran in A nice little peek into the high octane art world

REVIEW Francis Bacon in Your Blood

Francis Bacon in Your Blood

Prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club and casino seeing all aspects of Bacon's 'gilded gutter life' and meeting everybody around him from Lucian Freud and Sonia Orwell to East End thugs; from predatory homosexuals to Andy Warhol and the Duke of Devonshire He also freuently discussed painting with Bacon in his studio where only the artist's closest friends were ever admitted The Soho photographer John Deakin who introduced the young student to the famous artist called Peppiatt 'Bacon's Boswell' Despite the chaos Bacon created around h. From BBC Radio 4 Book of the WeekAdrian Scarborough reads Michael Peppiatt s intimate and indiscreet account of his thirty year friendship with the defining artist of our timeMichael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho s French House to reuest an interview for a student magazine Bacon invited him to lunch and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no holds barred conversation that would continue until Bacon s death in 1992The Soho photographer John Deakin who introduced the young student to the famous artist called Peppiatt Bacon s Boswell And for decades Peppiatt accompanied Bacon on his nightly round of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club to casino witnessing all aspects of Bacon s gilded gutter life as well as meeting the likes of Lucian Freud East End thugs Andy Warhol and the Duke of Devonshire He also freuently discussed painting with Bacon in his studio where only the artist s closest friends were ever admittedDespite the chaos Bacon created around him Peppiatt managed to record scores of their conversations ranging over every aspect of life and art love and death And here he shows Bacon close up grand and petty tender and treacherous by turn and often uite unlike the myth that has grown up around himReader Adrian ScarboroughWriter Michael Peppiatt is an art historian curator and writer His 1996 biography of Francis Bacon was chosen as a Book of the Year by the New York TimesAbridger Richard HamiltonProducer Justine WillettEpisode 1The young ingenue Peppiatt is taken into Bacon s circleEpisode 2Peppiatt becomes Bacon s Boswell and there is mischief in MoroccoEpisode 3High and low life in ParisEpisode 4Death guilt and inspirationEpisode 5Peppiatt loses a father and becomes a manhttpwwwbbccoukprogrammesb066v39 The Illusionists until Bacon s death in 1992The Soho photographer John Deakin who introduced the young student to the famous artist called Peppiatt Bacon s Boswell And for decades Peppiatt accompanied Bacon on his nightly round of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club to casino witnessing all aspects of Bacon s gilded gutter life as well as meeting the likes of Lucian Freud East End thugs Andy Warhol and the Duke of Devonshire He also freuently discussed painting with Bacon in his studio where only the artist s closest friends were ever admittedDespite the chaos Bacon created around him Peppiatt managed to record scores of their conversations ranging over every aspect of life and art love and death And here he shows Bacon close Planet of the Bugs up grand and petty tender and treacherous by turn and often Fishes of the Open Ocean uite Out of Bounds (Boundaries, unlike the myth that has grown Grass, Sky, Song up around himReader Adrian ScarboroughWriter Michael Peppiatt is an art historian curator and writer His 1996 biography of Francis Bacon was chosen as a Book of the Year by the New York TimesAbridger Richard HamiltonProducer Justine WillettEpisode 1The young ingenue Peppiatt is taken into Bacon s circleEpisode 2Peppiatt becomes Bacon s Boswell and there is mischief in MoroccoEpisode 3High and low life in ParisEpisode 4Death guilt and inspirationEpisode 5Peppiatt loses a father and becomes a manhttpwwwbbccoukprogrammesb066v39

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Im Peppiatt managed to record scores of their conversations ranging over every aspect of life and art love and death the revelatory and hilarious as well as the poignantly tragic Gradually Bacon became a kind of father figure for Peppiatt and the two men's lives grew closely intertwined In this intimate and deliberately indiscreet account Bacon is shown close up grand and petty tender and treacherous by turn and often uite unlike the myth that has grown up around him This is a speaking portrait a living likeness of the defining artist of our times. If you picked up Michael Peppiatt s book looking for a biography of Bacon you re going to be disappointed Yes there are plenty of facts here But no Bacon biog isn t the point This is a book about Peppiatt himself Actually it s of a Venn diagram about how the writer s life intersects with Bacon though I must admit I am picturing such a diagram being loosely sketched on canvas by Francis himself using the bin lid he kept for such circumference related purposes To be fair this book isn t sold as an artist biography Peppiatt has already written one of those the well received Francis Bacon Anatomy of an Enigma This is his own story which is intriguing enough given that aside from his Bacon connection inescapable as may be the author is a writer of note in the art world having run Art International for a number of years and managed to piss off MOMA with a bad review to such an extent that legal action seemed terrifyingly likely As someone who s been involved in similar things I must say the feeling of pants shitting dread is exceptionally well captured hereBut before all this there s just a young bloke seeking an interview with an artist for a student publication And that young bloke is taken under the Bacon wing for the next thirty years and made privy to the artist s thoughts and works in progress with the aid of frankly terrifying amounts of alcohol and oysters Seriously the reason this book will never inspire a drinking game is because it would kill you Yes even you Withnail I survivors What happens in the work is that we re given a Bacon freed from the strictures of biography There s dates sure because without chronology the story would collapse into a morass of boozy recollection But it s a impressionistic version of events It s almost like the smears the distortions on the artists s work We see Bacon as a player in the life of another instead of the star of his own tale as one would find in Daniel Farson s book say or in David Sylvester s book of interviews There s a candid feeling to the work here and while I knew nothing much of Peppiatt before I began to read I followed his journeys between London and Paris let s face it who s not a sucker for the Marais and his shoulder rubbings with his heroes with interest This book exist as Peppiatt took to writing down Bacon s words after nights out Helpfully when in his cups the artist freuently restated himself thus searing his gilded gutter pronouncements into the author s brain eventually providing enough typed pages for a book decades later that was first approved and then sunk by Bacon for fear of offending the living But it s the way the Soho inhabitants and Bacon hangers on live in these pages that make the work so appealing Bacon s rough trade lover George is adroitly captured with East End patois And here than anywhere else I ve read is the tongue of Muriel Belcher mistress of the Colony Room given wonderful attention From her corner stool Muriel leans over and taps Francis sharply on the arm You re not a superstar she says rapidly You re just a cunt dear Well I suppose I am Francis concedes almost gratefully If you say so Who s a cunt now ueries an adjacent drinker swinging his grey face up from a long brood and pushing back a lank of lifeless hair The big one s been calling him a superstar dear Muriel explains kindly so I said he s not a superstar he s just a cunt You didn t think I was talking about you you silly old ballock did you dear There s been hints in other Bacon books but the full flight Muriel has only been captured here I feel Also interesting was the way Sonia Orwell was portrayed terminally unhappy yet grudgingly accepting of Peppiatt given time Indeed the description of Orwell lambasting Bacon after George s suicide was brilliant an anger I d never heard voiced in other texts Between Belcher and Orwell there s depth given to the high and low times of Bacon s life even if he s not technically the subject of the work There s a certain element of self aggrandisement at work here Peppiatt refers to himself as Bacon s Boswell at times and I must admit I cringed I think he s on the money when he discusses the difference between the father figure of Francis and his own bipolar father There s very much a sense of a man looking for a father and this clearly comes across in the interactions between the two though it does seem strange considering Bacon as paternal rather than wildly avuncular I found there was a bit of weird musing over homosexuality in the work and Peppiatt seems kind of appalled at times by the prospect which seems odd given that he moved in the world of Polari and gay men closeted or otherwise It s not judgemental for the most part and seems to have been edited to below the surface but I did find pretty weak the author s belief that Francis was pissed at him for having a child because it took him into some kind of hetrosexual zone the artist couldn t enter Fuh Regardless of these ualms this is a book any fancier of Bacon should read It s a handy adjunct to Peppiatt s proper biography of the artist and is filthier and rough and ready You ll probably learn about Bacon and creampies than you ever needed to But it s loving and does not seem to be disrespectful or cheap mining of memory this is a tribute to a friend a pugnacious father and a heroic piss artist and it s good fun