First Cut – Case Closed

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Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been Googling long and hard. Ive been looking for the place that Rod Stewarts video for ‘The First Cut is the Deepest’ was shot. If you ever see it, its got a great dandified version of Rod walking up a staircase. The song lasts as long as it takes Rod to get to the top. For some reason I assumed it was set in some Italian garden – somewhere like the Villa Cicogna or Villa Garzoni – baroque, with combined staircase/waterfeatures. But none of them quite looked right. Id bought a copy of Architectural Digest off eBay – with Rod on the cover – and there, beyond a Brown Jordan chair surrounded by antique urns, out in the garden, is the very staircase. Not in Italy, but terraced into the Hollywood Hills. Case closed, though perhaps like many modern day sleths, I’ve got a nagging doubt. Maybe it’s a recreation, part of a landscape design that pays homage to the landscapes of Rods life – from the videos which sold the records which paid for his Hollywood home to patches of grass from Celtic Park (the gates to his home read ‘God Bless Celtic’. The staircase looks kind of right, but also much smaller. He’d only have got to the middle eight walking up this one. And it looks too old. Like a couple of hundred years have past over it.

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