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He blew his mind out in a car

PostPost by: archigator » Mon Dec 20, 2004 12:55 am

Did you know where the phrase from A Day in the Life," He blew his
mind out in a car," came from? It was 38 years ago today... actually
yesterday, that Guinness heir and friend of John Lennon, Tara Browne,
died in his Lotus Elan.

"Tara Browne was the son of Lord and Lady Oranmore and Browne, whose
great-grandfather was the brewer Edward Guinness. Tara went to Eton
and, had he lived, would have inherited 1,000,000 at the age of
twenty-five. A charming, likeable boy, with a wide grin and his hair
brushed forward in a Beatle cut, he was a great friend of Brian Jones
and often stayed overnight tripping on LSD with Brian, Keith Richards
and Anita Pallenberg at Brian's flat in Courtfield Road. In the book
Shutters and Blinds Anita described one trip with him: 'I remember
being with Tara Browne on one of the first acid trips. He had a Lotus
sportscar and suddenly near Sloane Square everything went red. The
lights went red, the trees were flaming and we just jumped out of the
car and left it there.'

Tara died in the early hours of the morning of 18 December 1966,
while on his way to visit David Vaughan, who was painting a design on
the front of Tara's Kings Road shop Dandy Fashions. He smashed his
Lotus Elan into the back of a parked van while swerving to avoid a
Volkswagen which had pulled out in his path in Redcliffe Gardens in
Earls Court. He was twenty-one. The coroner's report on his death was
issued in January 1967."

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PostPost by: tvacc » Mon Dec 20, 2004 1:16 am

That was some bit of Lotus trivia.....



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Did you know where the phrase from A Day in the Life," He blew his
mind out in a car," came from? It was 38 years ago today... actually
yesterday, that Guinness heir and friend of John Lennon, Tara Browne,
died in his Lotus Elan.

"Tara Browne was the son of Lord and Lady Oranmore and Browne, whose
great-grandfather was the brewer Edward Guinness. Tara went to Eton
and, had he lived, would have inherited 1,000,000 at the age of
twenty-five. A charming, likeable boy, with a wide grin and his hair
brushed forward in a Beatle cut, he was a great friend of Brian Jones
and often stayed overnight tripping on LSD with Brian, Keith Richards
and Anita Pallenberg at Brian's flat in Courtfield Road. In the book
Shutters and Blinds Anita described one trip with him: 'I remember
being with Tara Browne on one of the first acid trips. He had a Lotus
sportscar and suddenly near Sloane Square everything went red. The
lights went red, the trees were flaming and we just jumped out of the
car and left it there.'

Tara died in the early hours of the morning of 18 December 1966,
while on his way to visit David Vaughan, who was painting a design on
the front of Tara's Kings Road shop Dandy Fashions. He smashed his
Lotus Elan into the back of a parked van while swerving to avoid a
Volkswagen which had pulled out in his path in Redcliffe Gardens in
Earls Court. He was twenty-one. The coroner's report on his death was
issued in January 1967."

Gary
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PostPost by: archigator » Mon Dec 20, 2004 3:29 am

Something even more curious... Tara (Browne's) shop was on King's
Road... Tara King replaced Emma Peel. A liitle "black humor" there?

Gary
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PostPost by: TYPE45 at aol.com » Mon Dec 20, 2004 4:45 am

Gary,

FYI, if Tara Browne died on 18 December, 1966, he died on Keith Richards 23rd
birthday.

Frank
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Wed Dec 22, 2004 12:40 am

A few years back when the Beatles released their so called reunion
cd from the tapes of John's voice, the video for one of the songs
contained scenes from various famous Beatles songs. It has one scene
showing the rear end of an S1 Elan that has apparently just crashed,
as portrayed by the "he blew his mind out in a car" lyric.

Mike B
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--- In ***@***.***, "Gary" <[email protected]> wrote:

Did you know where the phrase from A Day in the Life," He blew his
mind out in a car," came from? It was 38 years ago today...
actually

yesterday, that Guinness heir and friend of John Lennon, Tara
Browne,

died in his Lotus Elan.

"Tara Browne was the son of Lord and Lady Oranmore and Browne,
whose

great-grandfather was the brewer Edward Guinness. Tara went to
Eton

and, had he lived, would have inherited 1,000,000 at the age of
twenty-five. A charming, likeable boy, with a wide grin and his
hair

brushed forward in a Beatle cut, he was a great friend of Brian
Jones

and often stayed overnight tripping on LSD with Brian, Keith
Richards

and Anita Pallenberg at Brian's flat in Courtfield Road. In the
book

Shutters and Blinds Anita described one trip with him: 'I remember
being with Tara Browne on one of the first acid trips. He had a
Lotus

sportscar and suddenly near Sloane Square everything went red. The
lights went red, the trees were flaming and we just jumped out of
the

car and left it there.'

Tara died in the early hours of the morning of 18 December 1966,
while on his way to visit David Vaughan, who was painting a design
on

the front of Tara's Kings Road shop Dandy Fashions. He smashed his
Lotus Elan into the back of a parked van while swerving to avoid a
Volkswagen which had pulled out in his path in Redcliffe Gardens
in

Earls Court. He was twenty-one. The coroner's report on his death
was

issued in January 1967."

Gary
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