Magazine article The New Yorker

Yeah, Baby!

Magazine article The New Yorker

Yeah, Baby!

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In GROOVY BOB (Faber & Faber), the recent biography of Robert Fraser, a flamboyant art dealer in nineteen-sixties London, Harriet Vyner describes Fraser's outsize personality and sartorial splendor in words that evoke the brief, vivid moment when London was truly swinging: "the sharp multicoloured suits, the drugs and the way-out language." Full of amusing accounts of Fraser's notorious ups and downs from such cultural superstars as Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, and Bridget Riley, Vyner's bio pinpoints Frasera former King's African Rifles officer who may have had a fling with Idi Aminas the epicenter of Swinging London, in an era in which the lines between pop and art were not so much blurred as erased.

When Fraser wasn't jetting off to Marrakech with the Stones, selling Magrittes to McCartney, or getting busted for possession, he championed some of the best artists of the day. …

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