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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Life With The Lions 1: Marylebone Magistrate's Court, London, October 19, 1968.

The cover of Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions was clearly intended to draw a straight line, with good reason, between the events of October 18/19 1968, when John and Yoko were arrested at Montagu Square before being taken to court, and the subsequent miscarriage of their child. There's little doubt that the police were heavy handed. The then home secretary, James Callaghan, privately admonished Sgt Pilchard over his handling of the affair. When asked why it had needed seven police to arrest John and Yoko, Pilchard apparently replied, "it is not unusual when executing search warrants for premises occupied by members of the entertainment world to find that there are large numbers of people present taking part in unusual parties. In this case it was found that only two persons were present, and both were in a state of undress." Wot, no Mars Bars? Their appearance at court the day after the bust led to a brief but comprehensive frenzy - John and Yoko herded out in front of an unholy mob comprising antagonistic pant-hooters, rubbernecking dimwits and Fleet Street smudgers. Footage reveals the ordeal to have been mercifully brief (though its consequences were far reaching). Yet this is one instance where photography speaks louder than film.(Incidentally, the building was demolished February, 2009).

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