Keith Richards reclining with a guitar surrounded by books, Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Joey Ramone wrapped up in sheets inside a cockroach-infested apartment and a tranquil David Bowie curled up on a bed are scenes that don’t first come to mind when picturing some of the world’s larger-than-life musicians.
While rock stars and pop icons are known for their show-stopping performances and wild partying, few people have the privilege of witnessing the artists in their daily lives.
The intimate photos of some of the world’s most adored musical icons, are compiled in the new photo book Rock Stars at Home
But the new book Rock Stars at Home offers a peek inside the homes of some of music’s biggest stars, compiled into a new photo book by authors Chris Charlesworth, Eddi Fiegel, Bryan Reesman, Colin Salter, Simon Spence, Daryl Easlea released next Tuesday.
One photo captures a strained Tina and Ike Turner inside their small 1950s home in Inglewood after moving to California from St. Louis, hinting at their tumultuous relationship which would lead the Proud Mary singer to initiate a divorce and put the house for sale after a particularly volatile fight in 1976.
Appearing dazed and disheveled, a young Keith Richards stares into the camera with his West Sussex mansion in the background – the same home where Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull were tripping on acid in 1967, leading to Richard and Jagger being arrested and sparking wild rumors of an orgy.
And Sonny and Cher seem at ease with each other at the estate that rising star Cher vowed to buy from Tony Curtis after attending a party at the palatial Italianate Renaissance villa at 141 South Carolwood Drive in Hollywood, later purchasing it from Curtis for $750,000 ($4 million today).
These intimate images allow fans a rare look inside the private lives of music legends.
Bob Dylan paid $12,000 in 1963 for this rambling 11-room Arts and Crafts house called Hi Lo Ha that was in the hills above Woodstock. But fans soon found their way to his home, climbed on his roof, tried to break in and steal memorabilia, and once Dylan found two naked hippies in his bedroom
Bob Dylan paid the modest sum of $12,000 in 1963 for a rambling 11-room Arts and Crafts house called Hi Lo Ha that dated back to the beginning of the century when the area in the hills above Woodstock first became an artist’s colony.
Dylan moved in with Sara Lownds, his new wife who was pregnant with their first child.
He wouldn’t discover peace and tranquility until he got off tour in 1966 and escaped to domestic life with four children to follow and two dogs, Buster and Hamlet, that loved to bite fellow musicians.
Fans soon found their way to his home, climbed on his roof and were always trying to break in and steal memorabilia.
Discovering two very naked hippies in his bedroom, Dylan decided not to play at the Woodstock Festival in 1969.
‘I wanted to set fire to these people’, he wrote in his memoir, Chronicles, Vol I.
‘I was fantasizing about a nine-to-five existence, a house on a tree-lined block with a white picket fence, pink roses in the backyards’.
Dylan and family moved to a more private mansion in Woodstock in 1969.
Michael Jackson bought the LA home his family lived in after they moved from Indiana from his father in the early 1980s. After Michael’s death in 2009, his three children Paris, Prince and Blanket moved into the home
Moving from Gary, Indiana to Los Angeles in 1969, the Jackson family found a home they would all live in on Hayvenhurst Avenue in Encino, California – and continue to collect gold records for the Jackson hits.
After his solo career exploded, Michael bought the home from his father in the early ’80s and added a Japanese koi pond, a movie theatre, six-foot-tall statues from the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and moved in Bubbles the Chimpanzee.
The earthquake in nearby Northridge in 1994 sent father Joe packing.
Jermaine was the last to leave in the 2000s but the property stayed in the family and Paris, Prince and Blanket moved in after Michael’s death in 2009.
Very little had changed over time including the gaudy gift shops on the grounds.
A dazed looking Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones sits outside his Redlands home in 1973 smoking a cigarette after a fire gutted the house. It was at this Elizabethan mansion in West Wittering, West Sussex that Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull were coming from an acid trip when police showed up and arrested Jagger and Richards on drug charges. Rumors glamorized the story and said Marianne Faith had been pleasuring herself with a Mars Bar
Richards is seen playing a guitar on a chaise lounge in his library in 1995. The musician purchased the Weston, Connecticut home in 1991, setting down with his wife Patti Hansen and their two daughter. He set up a library for his massive collection of books, many of them rare first editions
Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards fell in love with a thatched-roof Elizabethan mansion in West Wittering, West Sussex, in the south of England, where he hoped to play lord of the manor.
When his chauffeur got lost in the tiny village, he sighted the Redlands House that was surrounded by a moat but not for sale.
Flush with cash, Richards offered the owner the equivalent of $450,000 today and after a brief chat, the retired naval officer agreed to the sale.
Richards decorated with Moroccan drapes, tapestries and silks, as well as tie-died scarves over lamps.
He introduced rock ‘n’ roll decadence to the town with his drugged out friends and the full length leather coat and other Nazi regalia the wore.
Tripping on acid at Richards’ house for the first time in February 1967, Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull were coming down by the log fire in the main lounge when interrupted by a knock at he door.
It was the police who had been tipped off to drugs and they arrested Jagger and Richards.
Rumors glamorized the story and said an orgy had been interrupted and Marianne Faith had been pleasuring herself with a Mars Bar.
Richards was sentenced to one year behind bars for allowing drugs to be used in his house.
Jagger was sentenced to three months for possession of amphetamines.
They each served one night in jail.
In 1991 Keith Richards bought an 8000 sq. foot colonial house on eight acres backing up to a nature preserve in the affluent, bucolic Connecticut town of Weston, one hour from Manhattan and settled down with his wife, Patti Hansen and their two young daughters Theodora and Alexandra.
The custom built home has a 3100 sq. foot guesthouse, swimming, tennis court and Japanese gardens.
Richards confessed to feeling a primal serenity in the surrounding woods.
While in Connecticut, he rises at seven in the morning, reads, records in the basement and writes songs.
Nearby Long Island Sound offers a great sail if the weather is good.
‘I have no fixed routine. I wander about the house, wait for the maids to clean the kitchen, then f*ck it all up again and do some frying’, Richards told Rolling Stone.
He set up a library for his massive collection of books, many of them rare first editions.
Weston reportedly is the rocker’s primary home although he still owns a Manhattan penthouse and a private oceanfront getaway villa in the Turks and Caicos Islands as well as Redlands in the U.K. when he fancies shepherd’s pie with H.P. sauce.
David Bowie appears tranquil curled up on a bed in Berlin in 1976 as he escaped his toxic LA lifestyle for three years, sharing the three-bedroom apartment with his friend and muse Iggy Pop and longtime assistant, Corinne ‘Coco’ Schwab
David Bowie rented a flat in Berlin in October 1976 with his friend and muse Iggy Pop and his long-term personal assistant, Corinne ‘Coco’ Schwab.
The three-bedroom flat was on the first floor of a five -story building in the Schöneberg district where he and Iggy liked shopping the markets and the bookshops.
Bowie also had a studio where he kept a bookcase, an easel and worked on his own painting – which included a portrait of the Japanese author Yukio Mishima hanging above him in the photo.
Close to the apartment, Bowie and Iggy hung out at a cafe, Neues Ufer that had a large gay clientele.
He traveled by bicycle to the Hansa Studio for recording sessions and to the Brüücke Museum to study art.
The singer escaped to the capital of Germany for three years to regroup from the madness of his LA lifestyle and a punishing drug addiction.
‘It was the first time in years that I had felt a joy of life and a great feeling of release and healing’, he said later.
A smiling Tina and Ike Turner hides their tumultuous relationship, which eventually came to an end after a violate fight in 1976, prompting the Proud Mary singer to initiate a divorce and sell their small 1950s home in View Park, Inglewood, which they couple had moved into when they first moved from St. Louis
Ike and Tina Turner’s master bedroom in their 1970s contemporary style home in South LA was the showstopper of the house with its brilliant, decadent red carpeting and large circular bed perched two steps up on a platform under multi-colored lighting and a mirrored ceiling. Swags and tassels hung down from four columns wrapped in pleated white velvet. The second owners were obsessed with the soul legends and sought to relieve those same lives – the good and the bad, according to the real estate agent. The house sold for $870,000 in October 2017 after being listed for $999,000 – and finally was renovated
Ike and Tina Turner, R&B legends from the 1960s, moved from St. Louis to South Los Angeles in 1964 and lived there until 1977.
It was a tempestuous and violent time for the couple that won a Grammy for the song, Proud Mary and kept topping the R&B music charts.
In the area now known as ‘black Beverly Hills’, View Park, Inglewood, the small 1950s house was a time capsule of the early ’70s with fish tanks, mustard-colored vinyl floor patterns and pink-flocked wallpaper.
There were large curved red velvet couches in Tina’s time with one widening into a double bed and overhead mirrors.
Bar stools were covered in the same red velvet and behind the bar were fish tanks and a waterfall the height of the room cascaded down a wall of stone and over plastic plants.
Tina considered ending their music career together and their marriage when Ike allegedly struck her with a shoe stretcher.
In his autobiography, Ike admitted, ‘Sure, I’ve slapped Tina. There have been times when I punched her to the ground without thinking. But I have never beat her’.
A final fight in 1976 prompted Tina to initiate divorce proceedings and sell the house.
Debbie Harry & Joey Ramone
Blondie’s Debbie Harry is pictured cuddled up in bed to The Ramones’ Joey Ramone after they had a fake wedding for a Punk Magazine shoot in 1977 at her cockroach-infested apartment, which she later shared with lover and bandmate Chris Stein
Blondie’s Debbie Harry ‘married’ The Ramones’ Joey Ramone in a fake ceremony in March 1977 for Punk Magazine pictured together here in her New York apartment that same year but it was Chris Stein who was her lover and he moved into the apartment with her on New York’s Bowery in 1973.
Originally home to drunks and littered with flophouses, the Bowery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, began displacing the vagrant population and attracting artists and musicians with low rents.
The couple, vocalist and guitarist in the group, the Stilettos at the time, rented a small two room unit that barely held a double mattress.
Both hoarders, there was no room for furniture with mounds of empty food cartons, clothing, newspapers, books and music equipment consuming any available floor space.
Yet there was still enough room for cockroaches.
‘We were messy little children back then,’ Debbie confessed.
The couple suspected that the apartment had poltergeist after hearing knocking noises in the walls and hanging pictures falling off for no reason.
With Blondie’s success, they moved out in 1979 to an apartment and then later to a five-story mansion.
Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne
Musician Ozzy Osbourne is seen at home with his son Jack, wife Sharon, daughters Kelly and Aimee in March of 1986 at their seven-bedroom Georgian mansion originally built for the Duke of Buckingham in the 1600s, in Amersham, Buckinghamshire
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne moved into Beel House in the early 1980s, a seven-bedroom Georgian mansion originally built for the Duke of Buckingham in the 1600s, in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, some 27 miles northwest of central London.
After consuming a cocktail of booze and drugs while eating with the family at a Chinese restaurant, Ozzy tried to strangle Sharon in the historic home in September 1989 but had no memory of the event.
He was arrested and charged with attempted murder.
The conditions of the bail were that he had to go into rehab to deal with his addictions, have no contact with Sharon and not return to Beel House.
Osbourne put the house up for sale.
Ten years later, the Osbournes purchased a Mediterranean-style mansion in Beverly Hills and spent millions decorating it with an assortment of religious paraphernalia that included crucifixes, crying angels and Biblical scenes.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page (pictured in 1970) was noted for his exquisite taste and appreciation for historic architecture. He purchased Tower House in West London’s Holland Park for a home close to London. The French Gothic Revival style of the house, with its red brick facade, Cumbrian green slate roof, tracery windows and cylindrical tower, had a rich history prior to Page’s arrival with its unusual beauty and arcane Gothic and Pre-Raphaelite design
Led Zeppelin’s guitarist Jimmy Page, noted for his exquisite taste and appreciation for historic architecture, purchased Tower House in West London’s Holland Park for a home close to London.
The French Gothic Revival style of the house, with its red brick facade, Cumbrian green slate roof, tracery windows and cylindrical tower, had a rich history prior to Page’s arrival with its unusual beauty and arcane Gothic and Pre-Raphaelite design.
Astrological signs had been painted on the ceiling and a sculpted mantelpiece in the library formed the Tower of Babel.
Irish actor, singer Richard Harris owned the house prior to Page and sold it to the guitarist in 1972 for the equivalent of $445,000, outbidding David Bowie.
Harris believed that ghosts of the previous children in residence still occupied certain rooms in the house.
Harris confessed to loving ghosts and brought them toys to appease their restless spirits.
‘I depend on them to guide me through,’ Harris said of the visitors who came nightly.
Page decided to sell the house in the mid-80s when a friend of his died.
Frank & Barbara Sinatra
Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms home, pictured top, was built to spec in 1947 in Palm Springs while he was still married to Nancy, his childhood sweetheart. By the time Frank was on his fourth and final wife, Barbara Marx, he had expanded his beloved one story Villa Maggio into two small cottages, more additions and adjoining lots becoming known as ‘The Compound’
The crooner’s Twin Palms home, pictured top, was built to spec in 1947 in Palm Springs while he was still married to Nancy, his childhood sweetheart.
He chose the site to build the modernist single story house for its remoteness in the desert, a landscape he loved.
With the sun in just the right setting, the twin palms that towered above the piano-shaped swimming pool, created shadows that looked like piano keys on the surrounding sidewalk.
The marriage was over the next year with rumors of Sinatra bedding Lana Turner and Dinah Shore in the master bedroom that consumed a wing of the house.
Ava Gardner now moved in and decadent parties were the order of the day with Frank hanging a flag that bore the Jack Daniels emblem.
Sinatra wed Ava in 1951 but their fights at Twin Palms had champagne bottles flying and possessions thrown out on the driveway.
Sinatra sold the house in 1957 saying Palm Springs was getting too crowed but the house had too many bad memories.
Sinatra moved from Palm Springs into what originally was only a modest house in nearby Rancho Mirage in the Coachella Valley.
The one story Villa Maggio, built along the seventeenth fairway of Tamarisk Country Club, had two bedrooms and a tiny kitchen. Sinatra expanded it with two small cottages, more additions and adjoining lots becoming known as ‘The Compound’ where he lived with his fourth and final wife, Barbara Marx.
A heliport and restaurant-style kitchen was added as well as more cottages to house security staff, a tennis court, movie theatre and projection room.
The heliport ferried in his Rat Pack pals and Vegas show girls for wild parties.
He added an artist’s studio as well as a model railroad, two great interests of his.
Alice Cooper, known as the Godfather of Shock Rock, moved into a2,000 square foot bachelor pad in Paradise Valley with his girlfriend Sheryl Goddard, a small but affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona and expanded it to three times as large so that it could be used for church parties and charitable events
The ‘Godfather of Shock Rock’ was dating Raquel Welch at the time that he moved into a home in Hollywood in 1974.
The following year, he left the actress for ballerina instructor Sheryl Goddard, who had joined Cooper’s concert tour as a dancer and became his wife two years later.
It was a short stay in Hollywood and the couple moved into a 2,000 square foot bachelor pad in Paradise Valley, a small but affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona and expanded it to three times as large so that it could be used for church parties and charitable events.
Paradise Valley boasts some of the best luxury golf courses, a big attraction for the shock rocker when he first moved west.
Alice was at his alcoholic peak by this time, daily consuming up to two cases of Budweiser and a bottle of whiskey.
As peaceful as the location was with beautiful vistas, Alice needed to be hospitalized in a sanitarium for treatment to save himself as well as his marriage.
On first sighting a building under construction on the wooded shore of Old Hickory Lake, near Nashville, Tennessee in 1967, Johnny Cash said, ‘That’s my house!’
On first sighting a building under construction on the wooded shore of Old Hickory Lake, near Nashville, Tennessee in 1967, Johnny Cash said, ‘That’s my house!’
The triangular, three-story central structure, flanked by two circular glass towers on stilts was not for sale but in the process of being built by architect Braxton Dixon for himself.
Cash refused to accept that the geometric shaped house echoing Frank Lloyd Wright’s style was not for sale and raised his offer to $150,000 that the architect accepted.
Built out of all natural materials and reused timber, the six-inch double front doors had been salvaged from a wharf in Charleston, South Carolina.
Johnny and June Carter Cash lived in the House on the Lake for thirty-five years. Johnny died in that house in September 2003, four months after June’s death.
Bee Gee Barry Gibb bought the house in 2006 but before he could move in, a fire ripped through reducing the house to ash.
Sonny & Cher
Cher vowed to buy Tony Curtis’ Hollywood estate after attending a party at the palatial Italianate Renaissance villa at 141 South Carolwood Drive, later purchasing it for for $750,000 (equivalent to $4m today)
Two years after Sonny and Cher reached the top of the charts with their hit ‘I Got You Babe’ in 1967, they were invited to a party at Tony Curtis’ Hollywood estate, not knowing Curtis or why they were there.
But so impressed was Cher with the palatial Italianate Renaissance villa at 141 South Carolwood Drive, she told Sonny that they were going to live in that house one day.
Built in 1936, the house had ten bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and sat at the end of a long drive on ten acres of manicured lawns.
Wood paneling, ornate ceiling cornices and fancy chandeliers embellished the twelve thousand square foot house that the couple purchased from Curtis for $750,000 (equivalent to $4 million today).
Cher began decorating but not in the hippie style of her music image.
She sent her decorator to Europe to purchase 18th century antiques and Louis XIV chairs.
‘We were nouveau riche, but better nouveau than never’, Cher quipped.
Debbie Harry & Chris Stein
Blondie’s Debbie Harry is pictured with lover and bandmate Chris Stein, who bounced between their cockroach-infested apartment down on New York’s Bowery in 1978 after a U.S. breakthrough of one of Blondie’s hits, Heart of Glass and into an apartment on 17th Street and 6th Avenue
Debbie and Chris moved from their cockroach-infested apartment down on New York’s Bowery in 1978 after a U.S. breakthrough of one of Blondie’s hits, Heart of Glass and into an apartment on 17th Street and 6th Avenue.
There wasn’t time or the drive to decorate with their rigorous performing schedule that kept the hits coming.
They moved out of the nondescript flat after an electrical fire in the small and old kitchen that also housed the water heater.
But Chris first posed and photographed Debbie holding a skillet on fire and wearing a dress loaned to her and believed to have been worn by Marilyn Monroe.
The couple understood the power of image and exposure wherever one could.
‘There was a glamour in the decay that we were all in’, remembered Stein.
Mariah Carey indulged herself with a 4 bedroom, 4-1/2 bath, 5,000 square foot triplex Manhattan penthouse in 2001 in Franklin Tower at 90 Franklin Street in TriBeCa that she purchased for $9 million after being shut out by co-op boards uptown
Mariah Carey indulged herself with a 4 bedroom, 4-1/2 bath, 5,000 square foot triplex Manhattan penthouse in 2001 in Franklin Tower at 90 Franklin Street in TriBeCa that she purchased for $9 million after being shut out by co-op boards uptown.
It comes with a view of the Empire State Building.
She also purchased the full floor unit below the penthouse to blow through and make it a triplex.
Once the Corn Exchange Bank built in 1916 in the Art Deco style, it was totally gutted for apartments when Tribeca was attracting celebrities looking for glamorous apartments.
Renowned NYC decorator Mario Buatta transformed the interior into an opulent oasis that features bronze-inlaid limestone flooring, living room doors sheathed in silver leaf and painted in a leaf pattern, lush overstuffed seating.
There is a 38-foot-long bathroom and a media room.
Carey’s clothes room is an open viewing arrangement with multiple rows of open closets.
Rock Stars at Home by authors Chris Charlesworth, Eddi Fiegel, Bryan Reesman, Colin Salter, Simon Spence, Daryl Easlea will be released next Tuesday.