I have been lost in the pages of Paul Willetts latest 'Members Only' a biography of Paul Raymond of Revue Bar fame. Paul told us that he had wanted to call the book 'Panties Inferno' but his publishers wouldn't have it. This does give an idea of the wit and interest Paul invests in his book about a man who is not really very lovable. Raymond's life is fascinating, not least in the story of the famous Revue Bar which involved farcical efforts by the police to catch him out, bra-nibbling horses, cheetahs on the roof and the inevitable snake. Where there is a naked girl there always eventually seems to be a snake. Pornography, prostitution and the exploitation of women were all elements of Raymond's trade but what is interesting is to consider his effect on Soho.
|Paul Willetts addressing members of the London Adventure on a walk.|