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Mystery Jets: From Songs of Innocence to Grown-up Experience

Nick Hasted, The Independent, 16 July 2010

THE MYTH OF MYSTERY JETS is easily told. Out on Eel Pie Island, off the coast of Twickenham in west London, bands from the Rolling Stones to Pink Floyd once played at the Eel Pie Island Hotel. When the hotel burned down in 1971, the island was left as a relic of an ancient, lost r'n'b civilisation. Here Henry Harrison formed a band with his son Blaine, who has spina bifida, as singer, and school friend William Rees on guitar, when both were at infant school. As they grew up, adding bassist Kai Fish then drummer Kapil Trivedi to what became Mystery Jets, they revived Eel Pie's musical ghosts by staging parties there.

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