Friday, 21 September 2007


The diagram shows progressive Brit-rock homes and origins all on a single line - a songline - the slope of the Great Pyramid of Khufu in the Jangleland Plan - Beatles, Moody Blues, Harrison, Lennon, Starkey, Robert Page (Zep), Charlie Watts (Stones). The Henley, Ascot & Plumpton residences all had recording studios built in.


Re Henley: (From Wikepedia) Friar Park is the 120-room Victorian neo-Gothic mansion built by the eccentric Sir Frank Crisp near Henley-on-Thames and bought by the musician George Harrison as his new home on January 14, 1970. Harrison immortalised the building in his song "Crackerbox Palace" (his nickname for the mansion, after Lord Buckley's home in California). A further powerful song, The Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll), was also inspired by the mansion's history. Harrison loved tending to the gardens personally, and among the groundskeepers were his older brothers Peter and Harry. George Harrison was photographed amongst the many garden gnomes for the cover of All Things Must Pass, and again with his father Harry a few years later (with the photo appearing in his album Thirty Three & 1/3).

Re Ascot: in September 1973 as John and Yoko were about to separate, Tittenhurst (Ascot) was sold, to Ringo Starr. Ringo lived here until early 1988. For more info see

Re Plumpton: from wikepedia: In the early 1970's Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page purchased Plumpton Place, an Elizabethan manor, with C.20 alterations by Sir Edwin Lutyens, surrounded by a moat and extensive gardens. Because of its proximity to the Plumpton Racecourse the grounds also include stables for horses. Page outfitted the manor with a recording studio. The credits for the Led Zeppelin album In Through The Out Door indicates that album mixing was done there. The manor can be seen briefly near the beginning of the Led Zeppelin concert film, The Song Remains the Same where the camera walks up to Page, playing a hurdy gurdy, to inform him of the North American tour dates.

Re Brum: Moody blues originally from Birmingham. Creators of the song Nights In White Satin, they inspired and evolved the progressive rock style. Among their innovations was a fusion with classical music, most notably in their seminal 1967 album Days of Future Passed. Used sitars, inspired by George Harrison. Definiately pharaoh's of Brit prog.

more mod than rock, the Jam formed in Woking, one of the locations of the Great Pyramid of Khufu.

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