Random thing that popped into my head: where I used to live, there was this big house with a huge fountain out front of two little boys peeing. My parents and I always found this highly amusing. I wish I had a picture of it.
I'm lee, a brit musician who, a couple of years ago moved to a place that might be of some interest to you guys...st.pauli in hamburg, about 300 yards from the indra club!!!
my flat overlooks the area (the "dom") where, twice a year to this day, a huge funfair takes place. this is where astrid kirchner took the iconic shot of the boys (inc stu + pete) posing in their leathers with their guitars.
astrid co owns a restaurant near here, and apparently if you catch her on a good day, she'll happily sit and chat about those times. i'm building up the courage to go say hello!
i recently attended a book launch at the indra and met teddy "kingsize" taylor, a contemporary of the boys playing in hamburg around that time, who hadn't met them, but had met epstein...it was thrilling to shake the hand of someone just one shake away from those times!
if anyone has any questions about this area (it's hardly changed since the beatles were here, not remotely 'disneyfied' to their memory as, say, parts of liverpool or abbey road are now), let me know.
nothing much has changed since the early 1960s. my favourite spot is the doorway john stood in that he later used for the cover of "rock n roll".
...and here's my girlfriend miki standing right were john did. the place is cool today...a v arty chilled out hippy kind of squat now, typical hamburg.
...cute grafitti outside the bambi kino, where they lived for a while
...this also outside the bambi (it says "here lived the beatles..."). ive never seen this pic anywhere else: john is holding up a benzedrine pill and obviously mashed off his tits!
...the indra, literally just around the corner from the bambi kino.
...as you can see, it's a little music club, indistinguishable from countless others in the world, were it not for its fabulous heritage. i love to go there for a beer, just being in that place gives me goosebumps, everytime i visit. i've seen a few hopeful young bands play there (they have pretty much an open mic policy), and without fail they speak of how in awe they are to be playing on that stage.
let me know if there are any hamburg related investigations i can do for you guys, since i am a "field reporter" as it were!