We’ve often pondered if Andy Warhol’s origins are Slovak, Czech or Carpatho-Rusyn and we already know that regardless of his roots, that the Rolling Stones love hanging out with Czechs (especially Vaclav Havel). So today we’re sharing some lovely rare photographs of the Rolling Stones and Andy Warhol at his Montauk Church Estate in Long Island, 1975.
Set on 20 acres high above the Atlantic, the Church Estate was designed by Stanford White, a noted architect. The property consisted of 5 clapboard houses all built during the 1920s. The main house had 7 bedrooms, 5 baths, 4 stone fireplaces and large living areas were perfect for entertaining.
The 4 smaller cottages were guest accommodations. They agreed to the price and Andy Warhol and Paul Paul Morrissey (the director of many of Andy’s early Avant Garde films) each put in $225,000 and made (what would become) the best investment of Andy’s life.
Andy rented Mick and the boys the compound for a princely sum of $5,000 a month, and the Stones began rehearsals for what would become Black and Blue. As was then reported:
Throughout April sensationally loud music welled through the windows, into the ruts and hollows over the tangled crab-grass of an estate in Montauk. Long Island. Residents of the Ditch Plains trailer park were woken in the night – yapping dogs, even wolves, the loud grief of coyotes. From East Hampton to New York the word spread with the ferocity of a brush fire– The Rolling Stones were rehearsing!
Over the course of 15 years the compound was frequented by personal friends of Paul and Andy – friends from an era of glamorous superstars including: John F. Kennedy Jr., Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon, Jackie O., Jackie’s sister, Princess Caroline, Anthony & Lee Radziwill, Keith Haring, Jean Gould, Pat Cleveland, Halston, Yoko Ono, Elia Kazan, Peter Beard, and most notably the Rolling Stones. It’s even said that Truman Capote made an appearance during the some of the Rolling Stones visits as well.
Let’s look at the photos…
A bit of trivia – the Stones penned the song Memory Motel in homage to a Montauk haunt of the same name.
You can see more of Ken’s images from the Montauk collection here.
As of 2015, it was owned by Mickey Drexler (J. Crew). The cottages have been meticulously restored by architect extraordinaire, Thierry Despont and it is on the market for $85,000,000 dollars.
Today the expansive estate remains, standing grander than ever and Andy’s days are a mere memory, drifting off to the Atlantic Ocean and across the stunning views of the sea and cliffs of Montauk.
16 Cliff Drive & 8 Old Montauk Highway
Montauk, New York