Monday, July 24, 2017

Albert Goldman's Clues of 1968, Part 1

Hunter Davies wrote the authorized biography of The Beatles.  The first edition was published in 1968.

Albert Goldman was an American professor who wrote biographies of popular culture personalities:  American controversial comedian Lenny Bruce, rock and roller Elvis Presley--and--in 1988, John Lennon. 

Well . . . Goldman wrote a review of Davies' book for the October, 1968 edition of  Vogue magazine that had two notable pieces of information in it.

First, Goldman said that the 1968 version of The Beatles lived in "lavish homes which they occupy but do not possess--like servants when the family is away." [my emphasis]
1.)  George lived in an Esher, Surrey house called Kinfauns from July, 1964 until January 1970.
2.)  Ringo lived in a house called Sunny Heights in Weybridge, Surrey from July, 1965 until November, 1968.
3.)  Our John lived in a Weybridge, Surrey house called Kenwood beginning in July, 1964.  When the new John appeared in late 1966, that John lived there until the late spring of 1968.
4.)  Our Paul moved into a London house on Cavendish Avenue in March, 1966 that he had supposedly bought in April, 1965.  When he was replaced in the group, the next Paul moved into the house late in 1966.  Our Paul also reportedly bought a 183 acre farm--called High Park--in Cambeltown, Scotland that was also reoccupied by the new, late-1966 Paul.
Here's a photo of Jane Asher and Faul at High Park in 1967.
 [Note the "22" on Faul's  t-shirt.  As I've speculated in other posts, I think our Paul was born in 1944 (or 1945), which, of course, means that Paul was replaced when he was 22.]

So it's possible that Goldman was saying that the residences of The Beatles were, in effect, fringe benefits that went with the job.  That certainly turned out to be true for our Paul and our John.

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