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The Castle

Andy Warhol:

"When Chelsea Girls opened at the Presidio Theatre in L.A. in late August '67, [we] flew to California for personal appearances. Nico was already out there; she'd been at The Castle all summer with Jim Morrison, but she'd gone off with Brian Jones to the Monterey Festival. (Edie stayed at The Castle a little while that summer, too. She had come cross-country in a Volkswagen station wagon - somebody else drove - after being very out of it, taking lots of drugs those last days in New York.)." (POP233)

Danny Fields recalls a visit he made to The Castle:

Danny Fields:

We drove up to the Castle. Edie had left Sepp and was going with Dino Valente then - he wrote this one song, 'Come on, children, lets all get together, smile on your brother.' It became a classic, but it was a one-shotter. Edie was with him up at the Castle. As soon as I got up there, she was after me: 'Oh, do you have any downs?' I said, 'Nope'. 'Aw, come on, I just need a Tuinal to get through till tomorrow. I need three Tuinals a day and I've only had two. Last night I took six and they didn't work.'

In fact, I did have some pills with me, but I wasn't going to let her get near them. Relationships were built entirely on drugs... the only thing going. 'Do we have any junk for tonight?'

I hid my suitcase under my bed that night. I took the pills out and hid them somewhere in the room. A few hours later, and don't you know, Edie found them? They were all goone. She must have had a nose for them, because she didn't even have to rip the room apart to find them. (EDIE349)

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