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Monday, 2 March 2009

Kenwood: September, 1967.

Fan visit blah. I got this from the University of California site:

"One can only imagine what John Lennon thought of the brash UC Irvine student who turned up at his Weybridge mansion one autumn day in 1967. Lennon must have been somewhat bemused by the college kid sporting wispy facial hair and a jacket he’d embroidered with Lennon’s picture, because instead of shooing David Goggin away, the reclusive Beatle invited him in for tea.“I guess he found me intriguing,” Goggin, 69, recalls. “I heard him tell someone later, ‘This is David. I found him in my garden.’”
Goggin had spent a year studying at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. On a stop in London, he located Lennon’s house. Posing as a journalist (“I’d written for the university newspaper”), he talked his way past Lennon’s then-wife Cynthia and housekeeper, who let him hang out in the garage with the Beatle’s flower-painted Rolls Royce. When Lennon eventually came out to meet Goggin, he seemed intrigued by the young man’s knowledge of hypnosis, meditation and biofeedback – which Goggin had gleaned from his work-study job in UCI’s psychology department.After tea, Goggin rode in a limo with Lennon and George Harrison to a taping of the David Frost show, chatting with them about transcendental meditation. Then he hung out with the band in the Abbey Road studio during the recording and mix of “I Am the Walrus.”“Not even their wives were allowed in those sessions,” he says. Lennon even invited him back in June 1968, when the band recorded “Revolution 9.”"

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