A new book: London Babylon: The Beatles and the Stones in the Swinging Sixties
The Swinging Sixties had a cast of thousands but at its core were two of the best bands in the land – the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
And at the heart of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were Lennon and McCartney, Mick and Keef, Brian and George. They played together, got laid together, took this and drank that while making their marvellous tunes. When the doorbell rang, it would be Keith Moon, Eric Burdon or Jimi Hendrix.
Together they were Rock’s Rat Pack and where they led the others followed. Around these young gods of pop were the bit-part players, sniffing for flash and cash – dope dealers, art dealers, dolly birds, drivers and slaves, fashionistas, villains and aristocrats - the in crowd, the jet set, the jeunesse d'orée.
They had youth, beauty and privilege, and they inhabited a scene, a beau monde at the heart of the grooviest city in the world.
How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?London Babylon
tells the sorry story of the dealer responsible for the deaths of Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Talitha Getty and ultimately himself. It details the colourful career of the murderer who made it with a princess and it reveals who might have been the real killer of Keith Moon’s chauffeur.London Babylon
examines the life of the man who designed the machine that sent Kurt Cobain crazy and the people that drilled holes in their heads.
Along the way, you’ll meet groupies, gender benders, devil worshippers, torturers and smugglers, millionaires, billionaires and bum boys.
Welcome to Swinging London.
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. All visitors to the London Babylon site will be entitled to the two ‘missing’ chapters absolutely free.