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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:

4 comments:

  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.

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

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    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!

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

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