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Monday, 16 August 2010

Kenwood: footage - ca. 1984.



Footage of Kenwood is, as ye know, rare as the teeth of elderly "Scotch"men. There is the Reporting '66 film, where, thrillingly, they chose to film the gate, and the home movie footage (and actual footage) from the Smile and Two Virgins films. Plus, o' course, Joe Baiardi's fantastic video from a couple of years back, not to mention the unseen BBC clip from 1968. Or the Austrian TV footage from December of that year. Also John's home movies.
Actually, come to think of it, there is an enormous quantity of Kenwood film, and here is some more.
A news report from the mid-1980s, Kenwood resplendent on a rare sunny English summer's day, and more or less unchanged since John's time, blue window, Psychedelic Eye and all (give or take a re-modelled sunroom or one). The focus is the pool, as the Eye was being removed, heading northwards to go on display at the Liverpool Garden Festival in 1985.
The eagle... err... eared amongst you will notice that the soundtrack to this clip has been removed, due to copyright related paranoia. Nevertheless, this, once again in the context of all this pish, is as good as this pish gets, in this context.
I think I shall now give up.
Thanks to the wonderful KB, without whom...

7 comments:

  1. Absolutely BRILLIANT discovery!!! Where is the Mosiac Eye?? Viewing this film really made me feel like i was in the garden all over again!! THANK YOU for unearthing this!

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  2. Good to get a decent look at The Eye. Quite sinister those red bits...
    Is it/was it Lennon-designed I wonder?
    cheers

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  3. Yes it was, apparently. Based on the Eye Of Knowledge (not that I really know what that is).

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  4. I've been wearing a Tibetan "Eye of Knowledge" necklace for quite a few years now. When I saw one on Ebay, I thought of John and wore it on my trip to Kenwood along with my Talisman. It was the appropriate fashion to wear to such a cool house.

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  5. Hi
    Been lurking and sucking up all the Kenwood trivia/knowledge you have-just watched "Lennon Naked" for the 6th time.
    First time I thought the house playing our "Ken'" was cool-this time -because of your blog-I found myself exclaiming "..it didn't look like that-the pool wasn't covered-splutter -humbug" etc-I have regressed in middle age to being the 13 year old nerd fan I used to be
    -thanx a million!!

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  6. Great clip! Thanks so much for posting!

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