A team player in Buffalo Springfield and CSN/Y, a multi-instrumentalist and arranger, with a Grammy in his back pocket for Crosby, Stills & Nash and further success imminent with Déjà Vu, there wasn’t much Stephen Stills couldn’t do in 1970. In this extract from Uncut’s July issue, we hear how Stills escaped from his CSNY bandmates, moved to deepest Surrey and ended up having an Eric Clapton cameo on his solo debut album. Read this and more in the latest issue of Uncut, available to buy here.
Walk down Farnham Road, past the village green, the Spar and The Mill (cask ales and “stunning riverside garden”), turn right onto Fulbrook Lane and eventually you’ll arrive at a handsome red-stone building partly obscured from the road behind a high wooden fence. Today, it is one of many similarly desirable period residences, tucked away in the heart of deep Surrey. But during the late ’60s and early ’70s, Brookfield House was a Home Counties outpost of Swinging London. In 1968, Ringo Starr bought Brookfield from Peter Sellers – it was here that The Beatles gathered to persuade George Harrison to rejoin the band after he walked out of the Let It Be Twickenham Studios sessions in January 1969.
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