JACK THE STRIPPER’S LADBROKE GROVE
Presented by Cathi Unsworth
~ Author of Bad Penny Blues ~
Sunday 17th October 2010, 3pm
Meet your guide, a blonde dame with a black streak, under the plane tree in front of Holland Park tube, where she’ll be clutching a shocking pink copy of Bad Penny Blues. It was from this spot, on the night of 17th June 1959, 21-year-old Elizabeth Figg vanished into the back of a long black car, the first of eight victims of a fiend the press would dub “Jack The Stripper”. Follow the dead girl’s footsteps back in time to a red light Ladbroke Grove soundtracked by the Ouija board of Joe Meek, where in rackety basement clubs and bedsit studios, the Pop Artists shaped new worlds, slumming aristocrats rubbed up against the rude boys and Spiritualists tuned into the ether… while all the time, a phantom killer stalked the tapping feet of the working girls from the pubs of Portobello and behind the twitching curtains of Peter Rachman’s Powis Square.
The walk will last approximately two hours, concluding at The Earl of Lonsdale, Portobello Road.
Further reading: Cathi Unsworth, Bad Penny Blues (2009) Brian McConnell, Found Naked and Dead (1974) David Seabrook, Jack of Jumps (2006) John Repsch, The Legendary Joe Meek (1989) Stewart Home, Tainted Love (2005)
First posted: Wednesday, October 6th, 2010.