Tuesday, February 10, 2009

John Bindon by Page 3

For some reason four separate searches with the search terms "John Bindon's cock" (some with the word "photo" in the search) have led someone to my blog. I don't know why JB's famous endowment is suddenly popular with searchers.

No pictures here - and I don't know of any. Bindon was a part-time actor - he played a London gangster in Performance, for instance - and an accused murderer (he was acquitted). He died allegedly an addict, of AIDs, in 1993. He was generally thought of as a hard case, and lived on the fringes of gangland London. He had a party trick, allegedly, which you can find out all about in the video below.

"John Bindon" appears on the blog because he was hired by Peter Grant as a minder for Led Zeppelin, during the later years when the entourage seemed to be overcome by that peculiar cocaine sensibility that makes people think they are above criticism and at the same time paranoid. It seemed logical to hire someone from the fringes of London gangland at a time like that, I suppose, but the conclusion was pretty much foregone - he was involved in an assault on one of Bill Graham's workers that led to charges against him, Grant and Bonham, among others, and this is generally regarded as the first major incident in the downfall of Led Zeppelin.

Punk band Page 3 (Ray "Roughler" Jones and Ian "Class War" Bone) sing their song about the legendary appendage. Not work safe. No pictures, but the lyrics are...interesting.


Matthew Steeples said...

If you're interested in John Bindon, you might enjoy my review of one his old haunts, The Water Rat, which has now become an Italian trattoria named Osteria dell' Arancio: http://dasteepsspeaks.blogspot.com/2011/12/blossoming-inn.html

Lyle Hopwood said...

The blog mentioned in the comment above is no more, alas. A copy of the post can be found at https://web.archive.org/web/20120124021358/http://dasteepsspeaks.blogspot.com/2011/12/blossoming-inn.html . (There still aren't any pictures; and the mention of a Facebook group leads nowhwere.)


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