Tuesday May 18th 2010, 12:16 pm
Picture Book: George Harrison’s Kinfauns
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Kinfauns was the bungalow-style house, located in Esher, Surrey, England, where George Harrison lived from 1964 to 1970. It’s the place where Harrison, Lennon and their wives retreated during their first LSD experience in 1965 and where,  in early 1967, George Harrison, Patti Boyd and Klaus Voormann were so inspired by the book Tantrum Art that they painted the outside of the house in psychedelic patterns. Kinfauns was also the place where, after a stay at the Maharishi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India in the spring of 1968, the Beatles recorded a number of demos of tunes that they had written while in India. The demos, commonly referred to as the Kinfauns Demos or Esher Demos,  feature a number of tunes that would eventually make it onto the White Album. They also feature early versions of Paul McCartney’s “Junk”, which would later appear on his 1970 solo record McCartney, and John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy” (then called “Child of Nature”), which was released on his 1971 album Imagine. Years after Harrison moved away, Kinfauns was demolished and a new two-story home was built in its place. Check out more photos of Kinfauns, compiled by my good friend Bryan Thomas, after the jump.
MP3: Beatles- Child of Nature (early version of Lennon’s Jealous Guy) (Kinfauns demo)
MP3: Beatles- Mother Nature’s Song (Kinfauns demo)
MP3: Beatles- While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Kinfauns demo)



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This is really cool- I remember seeing photos of it as a child- but no other photos seem to exist?

Comment by Martha Kiger 10.16.11 @ 5:08 pm

I was his newspaper boy. I delivered the sunday papers.
once or twice I saw the painted roller there, I though nothing of it until later, I should have taken photo’s but I didn’t, shame eh?

Comment by Grant 02.18.12 @ 6:01 pm

Loving all of this .. what an excellent place to spend some time !

Comment by Dede 03.02.12 @ 8:29 am

[...] and George at George’s house in Esher—hence the bootleg’s subtitle, the Kinfauns-Sessions (Kinfauns was the name of George’s home). Here are the close vocal harmonies that seemed to mark a group of [...]

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For more rock star abodes check out Rock Atlas – 700 music locations and the fascinating stories behind them. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rock-Atlas-David-Roberts/dp/1905959249/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305707604&sr=1-1

Comment by David Roberts 05.26.13 @ 4:33 pm



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