Extracts from memoirs and diariesby Ian Irvine / May 16, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in June 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Paul McCartney recalls:
“It always seems to have been summer. All the memories seem to be of gardens, leaves in full bloom, grass very long, flies in the air, things humming.”
A benefit all-night concert was held on 29th April for the underground newspaper, International Times, at Alexandra Palace. It was billed as “The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream” and among those who volunteered their services were Pink Floyd, Yoko Ono, Soft Machine, The Move, Pete Townshend, and The Pretty Things. An estimated 10,000 attended. Daevid Allen of Soft Machine recalls:
“After we finished I wandered among the huge crowds. All my life I had felt an outsider, a freak, totally at odds with my time. Now, suddenly, I realised for the first time I was not alone. I was surrounded by thousands of other versions of myself. I was part of a tribe, a movement and a gigantic soul.”
The Labour MP Tom Driberg attempts to persuade Mick Jagger to stand for parliament. Marianne Faithfull recalls:
“He came over one afternoon with Allen Ginsberg to ask Mick to run for a seat. And, at this point, Mick really could have done it. Mick was very principled then. He had been taken aback by the vindictiveness of the Establishment following the Redlands bust. [After a police raid on Keith Richards’s house in Sussex, Jagger had been sentenced to three months’ imprisonment for possession of amphetamines and Richards a year for allowing cannabis to be smoked on his property. Both sentences were quashed on appeal.] He was going around saying a lot of semi-radical things at that time….