Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
Today we again continue with the notes written by Patrick Cambell-Lyons, from where we left off last time:
“A diverse bunch of songwriters, session musicians, groups, roadies and their followers frequented in [sic] a cafe in Denmark Street called La Gioconda. The Gio became my second home, as it did for songwriters and musicians from Liverpool, Belfast, Wales and the London suburbs. A cheap place to eat, the cafe was also used as a meeting place for small time West End crooks, wideboys and groupies, with short peroxide blond hair-cuts and black duffle-coats, who offered themselves for nights of ale and debauchery. In complete contrast, Beatnik student types from the St. Martins Film and Art School in Charing Cross Road, were also in attendance, and this strange combination gave the place the atmosphere of a never ending party. It was in this beautiful limbo of lost souls that I met George “Alex” Spryopoulos, an Athens boy who had exhausted his law studies in Paris and come to study film in St. Martins.”
As you may appreciate, Patrick and this Greek chap are about to form Nirvana, an event which we shall come to in these notes next time.