During the late 60’s, I was of course quite intrigued by the music coming out of England. The influence of the Beatles, Stones, Dave Clark Five, Hollies, Kinks, Herman’s Hermits, Yardbirds, Zombies and on and on and on was so strong that it set me on a path of curiosity and appreciation that ultimately led to my seeking a career in the record business. However, I have to say that I don’t think this interest led to a significant interest in my learning more about London — probably because music is auditory (of course) and it was well before the time of video being associated with music. The pictures of the bands on the record albums didn’t really say “London” to me. It said “fashion” and “style” and “individuality” — all things somewhat important to me as a curious teen.
What DID speak to me about London, though, was Monty Python. Although it was probably the early 70’s before” PBS began airing their “Flying Circus” shows, the humor screamed the “60’s” and the sets they performed on gave me a humorous introduction to the culture and spirit of London. Scenes of great humor being played out in front of places like Westminster and Big Ben — or in ordinary London neighborhoods — provided some context of the city for me, and to this day frames my image of London in the 60’s. Joe Maita
“I thought London was the center of the universe. I was a teenager living in the States and a huge Beatles fan. I imagined that everyone living in London was going to the “Bag of Nails” or “Scotch of St. James” clubs dressed in the latest Mary Quant outfits and surrounded by the Beatles, the Stones,, or any of the “British Beat” bands. The excitement and color of London sailed across the Atlantic in a big way that was irresistible.” Lynn Stelmah