Binky Philips: Summer of 1970, Part II: Gopher-ing for the Coolest Guitar Shop in New York City, Wearing My Granny Takes A Trip Boots, and Meeting "Keith Richards With..."
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When last we were wasting time together, I'd been in London for 13 days during the second half of June, 1970. I'd plunked down the enormous sum of $65.00 US for a pair of wild custom-made boots from the coolest clothes/shoes store in the world, Granny Takes A Trip. But, at the last minute, they weren't ready in time for me to wear on the plane. This made my flight home extra miserable. Not only was I leaving my newly-beloved London, but, I was leaving without my long-dreamt-of rock star footwear. So, enough exposition... here we go...
Back in Brooklyn, I was now itching for the mailman every day. Come ON, Granny's!
Two weeks later, on a sunny Saturday morning, I got a large package from London.
It was wrapped in orange and white striped paper with my name and address in really flamboyant black magic-marker handwriting. Oh my God. I was instantly breathless. Very carefully (I even still have it!), I peeled the striped paper away and opened the box to the most beaut
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