Be a fly on the wall while John Lennon gives birth to a song
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Whoever let the tape roll on at a Beatles recording session at Abbey Road studio, 47 years ago, deserves our gratitude for several reasons. For reminding us that these exalted and almost absurdly famous musicians could sound like rank amateurs trying to teach themselves their newest song. For giving non-musicians a window onto the utterly mundane reality of the recording process, i.e. the endless waiting around for the engineer to get the tape cued up into the right spot. For giving us an audio glimpse of Lennon and McCartney's continual nutty banter, which can be quite entertaining. All that and more to be heard in The Beatles in Studio - Rubber Soul (1965)
and Rubber Soul (Think For Yourself) 1965 Session
Though many have long suspected that the title of John Lennon's Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
was a barely-concealed reference to the drug he was so fond of, Lennon himself always maintained otherwise, as in this interview with Dick Cavett
, explaining that the inspiration for the fanciful name was from his son Julian, who'd brought him a drawing of his nursery school friend. That friend, one Lucy O'Donnell, just passed away
If you thought The Beatles' incredible success had something to do with talent, hard work, good luck or a combination of the three, you'd be wrong. It was all Satan's work.
"God is a concept by which we measure our pain.
I'll say it again: God is a concept by which we measure our pain" - A production reel by animation house Amoeba Proteus
. Another of their productions: The site for The Fountain
. Song by Lennon
Birth of the Beatles
On July 6, 1957, John Lennon
and Paul McCartney
met for the first time at The Woolton Church
Parish Fete where The Quarry Men
were appearing. John Lennon
was impressed that Paul McCartney
could tune a guitar and his knowledge of rock & roll lyrics
Lennon Letter Sells £12,000.
In 1971, a New York Times article accused the Beatles, and other white artists, of imitating and exploiting American black music in their early cover records. Lennon responded angrily
, "Many kids were turned on to black music by us. It wasn't a rip off, it was a love-in."
It was twenty-five years ago today.
was murdered in front of the Dakota building
in Manhattan. While there have been many conspiracy theories
surrrounding it, most reasonable people agree that his assassin
was simply deranged.
Rest in peace, John. We'll keep imagining
in your absence.
John Lennon: The Wenner Tapes.
A BBC program centered around never-before-aired audio of Jann Wenner's benchmark 1970 Rolling Stone
interview with John Lennon, available online for the first time at the BBC. (Text excerpts
from the same interview.)
Happy Xmas (War is over)
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the UK release of John and Yoko's perennial Christmas classic.
A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear
War is over, if you want it
War is over now.