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Saturday, 30 May 2009

Montagu Square: 1968 & 2009.

Montagu Square, and environs, saw a lot of Beatle (and non-Beatle) related action in the 1960s. Ringo's flat at number 34 was home to Ringo himself, Cynthia's mother, Jimi Hendrix and John and Yoko, though not all at once - that would have been ridiculous. It was also used as a kind of demo studio by Paul, and William Burroughs made some spoken word recordings there too. The Fool, Alastair Taylor and Nel and Mal all lived on the Square at various points. Running parallel, directly behind number 34, is Bryanston Mews East. This was home to Mick Jagger for a while, and Mama Cass stayed in the same house - both of whom were visited there by John and Paul. As I've mentioned before, I visited 34 Montagu Square in the mid-80s and got a look round inside. On the ground floor there are 2 main rooms, and my guess would be that the Two Virgins photos were taken in the room on your left as you enter. You can see the back wall and roof of the building on Bryanston Mews East through the window on the TV out-take above. On the satellite pic, this building would be 2 down from the top of that street. (Why does this matter? It doesn't matter, it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter etc)

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