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Getting It Straight in Notting Hill Gate


Getting It Straight in Notting Hill Gate


Spaced-out sitar music and the prog rock grooves of Quintessence soundtrack this psychedelic flashback to Notting Hill Gate in 1970.

Documentary 1970 25 mins

This time capsule counter-culture documentary was designed to redress negative perceptions of Notting Hill in 1970: “a cultural and racial melting pot…probably the world’s most integrated ghetto”. Radical ‘Viet Grove’ free spirits seen here include Caroline Coon, of Release, a free legal aid service for young people hassled by ‘the fuzz’, and Larry Smart, psychedelic painter and poster artist.

A version of the Quintessence track Notting Hill Gate – performed live here – was featured on the band’s first album, In Blissful Company, released in 1969.

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