3. The Bag O’ Nails
The Bag O’ Nails has been a nightclub since the 1930s, when it was originally a jazz club. In the 1960s, it was owned by John and Rik Gunnell, who started out at the Flamingo in Wardour Street. The club became famous as the location of Jimi Hendrix's first London gig and was a hang out for musicians such as Eric Clapton and the Beatles. It is also known as the place where Paul McCartney met Linda Eastman who later became his wife. A new incarnation for the club came in the 1970s when it became Miranda, owned by Felix Dennis, publishing magnate, poet and one of the founders of the underground magazine Oz. In 2013 it is once again named the Bag O’ Nails.
The film above features John Gunnell, who came back to the club for the first time since 1972 for this interview.
Previous image: Interior of the Bag O Nails. Photograph by Richard Bevan, 2013. Right: John Gunnell in the Bag O Nails. Photograph by Richard Bevan, 2013.