The official records show that on the night of 2 July, , Brian Jones was dragged from the floodlit pool at his home, Cotchford Farm, in Sussex, his lungs full of water and clinically dead.
Attempts to revive him failed and at the inquest there was evidence he had been drinking and taking drugs. Such deaths were part of the zeitgeist. If a young rock start died, this was the way it happened. It is not the dead who make the Jones story intriguing, but the living - people such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg. She was the mysterious blonde who captivated Jones at the beginning of his stardom.
He was a restless, pretty young man, born into a middle-class family in Cheltenham. When he simultaneously made his teenage girlfriend and married mistress pregnant, he packed up his guitar and headed for London.
He was Jones, like many musicians of his generation, had fallen under the spell of the great American blues artists. The name was chosen by Jones and he revelled in his role as leader of the group, but he was soon to fall out with his new friends.
He began drinking heavily and experimenting with drugs. His moods and foul temper enervated Jagger and Richards. Relations between the three founder members of the band disintegrated when Ms Pallenberg deserted Jones for Richards.
Soon after, she had an affair with Jagger. But he was always more shrewd than Brian Jones. Jones's household at Cotchford included his beautiful new girlfriend, Anna Wohlin, and a man called Frank Thorogood.
He was a burly cockney, 44 years old, who had become part of Jones's circle. He was friend, minder and factotum, and in the summer of he was organising building work on the farm. Ms Wohlin, who returned to her native Sweden after Jones's death, never believed it was an accident, but as a very young woman. Now she believes she can. She has written her own version of the affair and collaborated with Woolley on the new film.
The story she tells suggests at least one person had a motive for killing Jones. According to her, Thorogood had been cheating Jones out of money. He had been inflating bills, swindling large amounts through the building work and when Jones discovered this he instructed his accountant not to pay any more of Thorogood's claims. Officers called to Gloucester pub while drinkers in Gloucestershire wake up to 'sore heads' after Super Saturday Gloucester Officers were called to the Ridge and Furrow in Abbeymead, Gloucester, to reports of anti-social behaviour while some people found Super Saturday too much.
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Post a comment Name. Comment Submit. From the Blogs: Controversy, commentary, and debate. Sit tight, we're getting to the good stuff. From psychiatrist to 'Butcher of Bosnia'. Why trial could take years. One of the people who believe Brian was murdered is his daughter Barbara Marion , who only discovered that the rock legend was her biological father in At the time of his death, Jones had been struggling with drug and alcohol problems, and had been fired by The Stones just a few weeks earlier.With some testimony, Rawlings said Thorogood believed that Jones owed £ 6, to him. Jones’s girlfriend Anna Wohlin, who returned to Sweden shortly after his death, later seemed to strengthen the theory that Thorogood murdered Jones. “I don’t know if Frank wanted to kill Brian. Maybe it was a pool joke that went wrong.