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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Montagu Square: August 1st, 1968.

"Oh look!" quoth Ringo, upon being shown the Two Virgins sleeve, "You've even got the Times on it!" (Did he say "on it" or "in it"? The former would be more appropriate in the above example. But I digress.) Indeed they did, with the Times Business News section evident on the floor on the sleeve, and errr...not on the floor in the out-take above.
The actual date of the "Twa" Virgins cover shoot is unknown, but it may well have been the very same day as this paper was published, namely Thursday August 1st, 1968.
Leafing through any newspaper from back then is interesting, but particularly so in this case: which stories would have caught John's eye? (There really, genuinely is no pun intended.)(And in any case John, apparently, would usually read every story in whatever paper was to hand. But anyway...)
Obviously this 'un:

And clearly this one too:

John, Paul, Dylan and Nilsson all lauded.
TV that evening was a fairly uninspiring selection across 3 (count 'em) channels, with Top Of The Pops at 7.30 probably being the highlight. "All Programmes in Colour" on BBC2, though. Which must have been nice.
Finally, the back page would almost certainly have been perused to see how Northern Songs was doing:

(And if anyone out there has a copy of the Day In The Life Daily Mail, do get in touch.)


  1. nice find. I interviewed Yoko once and asked about this time. She said they were so into creating stuff that the other dug, they rarely snapped to the fact that these things were met with great hostility.

  2. Great look at John's life at Kenwood. Quite amazing. At auction this year I purchased the Kenwood sign that is seen in the John Lennon Sunroom blogspot. It is the exact same sign with the chipped bottom right hand corner. I was told it was removed from the back entrance to the driveway (it was on the right hand side brick pillar)sometime in the early 1970's. I was also told it was probably installed after John vacated Kenwood in 1968. In the Sunroom blogspot it indicates the sign was from 1968 and was possibly there at the same time John was living there. Any ideas how I could authenticate that one way or the other? Thanks in advance.