Wednesday, October 12, 2011

John Lennon partied in Riverdale

Riverdale isn't exactly the Village, but that didn't stop the likes of John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Miles Davis, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol and so many others coming up for the big bash.

Gothamist reports that in July of 1971, a 31-year-old John Lennon celebrated the conclusion of the Imagine album recording sessions with a party like no other, held at Allen Klein's home in Riverdale. The below footage, mostly taken by friend Jonas Mekas (and included in his 1996 film Happy Birthday To John) shows party guests hanging out and even playing some basketball. Jump to the five minute mark to see Davis and Lennon shoot some free throws--as the video shows, Lennon is apparently a horrible athlete.

Can anyone help me find the location of the party? Where's Lloyd Ultan when you need him?

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