Tittenhurst Park

This Tittenhurst Park blog is dedicated to John Lennon's home in Sunningdale, near Ascot, Berkshire between 1969 and 1971. The aim is to gather as much material relating to the estate as possible - obviously with the emphasis on the Lennon-era, but also concerning Tittenhurst Park as it was before and after John Lennon's ownership. In addition, there will be posts about and associated with the Beatles, plus any other rubbish I feel like. The blog is purely meant for the entertainment of anyone (assuming there is actually anyone) who, like me, has an unhealthy interest in one particular Georgian mansion. Those with anything interesting to contribute in the way of links, photos, scans, stories etc. please do contact me: tittenhurstlennon@gmail.com
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3 Days In The Life

'3 Days in the Life', a documentary composed of never-before-seen footage of John and Yoko, might one day be seen by the general public. The footage was filmed in February 1970, at Lennon’s Tittenhurst Park estate in England by Ono’s ex-husband Tony Cox. a Cape Cod art collector and several other investors paid $1 million for the ten hours of raw footage Cox shot. Planning to make a documentary from the material, the investors then discovered that they couldn’t release anything without Yoko Ono’s permission. She didn’t grant it and the tapes have been untouched.
The investors claims that they just want the footage to be shown, so they found what the thought was a legal loophole in which the footage could be shown if it were not for profit and for educational purposes only. “I’m hoping I can just add to a better feeling of how people can understand John’s life,” said a collector, reportedly when asked about his reasons for showing the film.

Here are highlights of all the cool details we're missing!

“Lennon was seemingly oblivious to background noise. He holds interviews while Ono sits next to him talking on the phone. He also has the radio on wherever he goes, and the music from that era serves as a soundtrack to the film. As Lennon blow-dries Ono’s hair, they listen to ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’; Lennon rests on his bed, smiling as Dylan’s ‘Just Like a Woman’ plays; in his chauffeur-driven Mercedes, Lennon turns on the radio and we hear Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now.’”
“Lennon doesn’t allow distractions to get in the way of the creative process, either. When we see him composing ‘Remember,’ he’s hunched over an upright piano banging out chords and singing near-complete lyrics. Cox hands the camera to Yoko and plays air piano next to Lennon, who isn’t fazed. The Beatle vamps for the camera and finishes the song.”
“Lennon talks openly about the couple’s overcoming drug addiction. ‘We’ve resurrected hope in ourselves, and we’re hoping to spread it around a bit — to tell people you can get off speed, you can get off H [heroin], you can get off pot. You know, because whatever they say, you do get hooked on it,’ says Lennon.”
Last I heard was from April 2008, when Yoko was trying to claim ownership of the tapes in court.

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