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Friday, 11 May 2012

Montagu Square: September, 1968.

John during the Cott interview in September 1968, in the main room downstairs at 34 Montagu Square. A mountain of junk (or non-junk, as the case may be) has followed him and Yoko from Kenwood, including the Brennels from the attic studio:

The flat has been characterised as a tip by various people who had access during the period, with musical equipment, old newspapers, "knickers" (dirty or otherwise) strewn hither and, indeed, thither in every room; and so it would seem. Others recall that the temperature was overly hot, and the air always thick with Indian incense acquired in Rishikesh.
These days, it's a much more spartan affair:


  1. Is that Magic Alex's "light organ" behind John in the pic? Ringo had one too at Sunny Heights. They look remarkably like modern computer screens.

  2. I think that's actually the fireplace, which was very functional in appearance back then, but subsequently tarted up in the '90s.

    1. That explains it. I'm always mixing up fireplaces and light organs.
      Btw, that's the only picture I know of John and his Guild Starfire XII besides the ones taken when a Guild exec presented it to him after a press conference in '66. http://www.thecanteen.com/mark.html
      Apparently George was peeved he didn't get one!

    2. Tiz a brave homeowner can live alongside framed photos of Joko's combined genitalia. Mealtimes must be especially tough. Respect...