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A BIT OF HISTORY: REDLANDS

Keith’s legendary country home in West Wittering, Sussex, England, which he bought in early 1966 for £20,000. The house was built in the 15th century, with a moat around it. A few months after he purchased Redlands, Keith bought the cottage across the road for an additional £5,000. In 1968, the Stones recorded at Redlands songs like “Still a Fool,” “Hold On, I’m Coming,” and “Rock Me Baby” (all of which remain unreleased) with Jimmy Miller producing, and Glyn Johns engineering. The house was badly damaged in a fire in July of 1973, and then again in mid-1982, but Keith wasn’t home at the time of the second fire. Coincidentally, Redlands was also the name Keith and Anita registered under at the Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto in 1977, making that name—after Keith’s—one of the most famous drug busts in Stones’ history. In his autobiography “Life”, Keith describes purchasing the property in 1966: “We just spoke to each other the minute we saw each other. A thatched house, quite small, surrounded by a moat. I drove up there by mistake…I took a wrong turn and turned into Redlands. This guy walked out, very nice guy, and said, yeah? And I said, oh sorry, we’ve come to the wrong turning. He said, yes, you want to go Fishbourne way, and he said, are you looking for a house to buy? He was very pukka, an ex-commodore of the Royal Navy. And I said yes”

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