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The Beatles Anthology

The Beatles Anthology

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THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGYCONTENTS:John LennonPaul McCartneyGeorge HarrisonRingo Starr1960-621963196419651966196719681969-70Editorial NoteMany books have been written about The Beatles, butthis is their own permanent written record of events up until 1970.The text attributed to Paul McCartney, George Harrisonand Ringo Starr, and the supplementary text by Neil Aspinall, SirGeorge Martin and Derek Taylor, comes in part from the interviewsfrom which the television and video programmes The Beatles Anthologywere made, and includes substantial material which was not includedin either. Further major interviews were conducted with Paul, Georgeand Ringo specifically for this book.The text attributed to John Lennon comes from anenormous wealth of worldwide sources researched over several years(again, specifically for this book), including print and broadcastmedia, and public and private archives. These sources are creditedat the back of this volume. The text has been arranged to follow thebook's chronological structure and to maintain the pace of thenarrative. To allow the reader to place John's quotes in theircorrect historical perspective, each quotation is suffixed by thedate it was spoken, written or first published. The year of thequotation is represented by the last two digits only, such that, forexample, 1970 is represented by 70. The date generally applies toall text preceding it until another date is reached.In a very small number of cases it has not beenpossible to date a quotation accurately (even thought it containsJohn's words); in this event, the words, but no date, are included.For additional historical context, a small number oforiginal quotations by Paul, George, Ringo and others from theperiod up to 1970 have also been included. These have also beendated using the two-digit year suffix, as with John's words.The photographs, documents and memorabilia reproducedcome from a wide variety of sources. George Harrison, Paul McCartneyand Ringo Starr have each granted access to their private archivesduring the compilation of this volume. Furthermore, unrestrictedaccess was granted to the photographic and documentary archives ofApple, as well as the archives of EMI. This is in addition to thework of the other photographers and agencies represented, who arealso credited at the back of this volume, where the reader willfind, too, selected captions which clarify the content of certainphotographs and other illustrations.
This book has been prepared for publication by theeditorial team at Genesis Publications for Apple, with theco-operation of the late Derek Taylor who consulted on the book upuntil his death in 1997.THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY The Beatles 1963-1970 THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGYJOHN LENNONWhat can I tell you about myself which you have notalready found out from those who do not lie?I wear glasses. Being born on 9th October 1940, I wasn'tthe first Beatle to happen. Ringo, being born on 7th July 1940, was.Although he didn't happen as a Beatle until much later than the restof us, having played with his beard at Butlins and things beforerealizing where his awful destiny lay.Ninety per cent of the people on this planet, especiallyin the West, were born out of a bottle of whisky on a Saturdaynight, and there was no intent to have children. Ninety per cent ofus were accidents - I don't know anybody who has planned a child.All of us were Saturday-night specials.80My mother was a housewife, I suppose. She was acomedienne and a singer. Not professional, but she used to get up inpubs and things like that. She had a good voice. She could do KayStarr. She used to do this little tune when I was just a one - ortwo-year-old. The tune was from the Disney movie - 'Want to know asecret? Promise not to tell. You are standing by a wishing well.'80My mother and father split when I was four and I livedwith an auntie, Mimi.71Mimi told me my parents had fallen out of love. Shenever said anything directly against my father and mother. I soonforgot my father. It was like he was dead. But I did see my mothernow and again and my feeling never died off for her. I often thoughtabout her, though I'd never realized for a long time that she wasliving no more than five or ten miles away.67There were five women that were my family. Five strong,intelligent, beautiful women; five sisters. One happened to be mymother. My mother just couldn't deal with life. She was the youngestand she couldn't cope with me and I ended up living with her eldersister.Those women were fantastic. One day I might do a kind ofForsyte Saga about them, because they dominated the situation in thefamily.80The men were invisible. I was always with the women. Ialways heard them talk about men and talk about life, and theyalways knew what was going on. The men never ever knew. That was myfirst feminist education.80The worst pain is that of not being wanted, of realizingyour parents do not need you in the way you need them. When I was achild I experienced moments of not wanting to see the ugliness, notwanting to see not being wanted. This lack of love went into my eyesand into my mind.I was never really wanted. The only reason I am a staris because of my repression. Nothing would have driven me throughall that if I was 'normal'.71
Sometimes I was relieved to have no parents. Most of myfriends' relations bore little resemblance to humanity. Their headswere filled with petty-cash bourgeois fears. Mine was full of my ownideas! Life was spent entertaining myself, whilst secretly waitingto find someone to communicate with. Most people were dead. A fewwere half-dead. It didn't take much to amuse them.78Most people never get out of it. Some people cannot seethat their parents are still torturing them, even when they are intheir forties and fifties. They still have that stranglehold overthem, their thoughts and their minds. I never had that fear of, andadulation for, parents.80Penny Lane is a suburban district where I lived with mymother and father (although my father was a sailor, always at sea),and my grandfather. I lived on a street called Newcastle Road.80That's the first place I remember. It's a good way tostart - red brick; front room never used, always curtains drawn,picture of a horse and carriage on the wall. There were only threebedrooms upstairs, one on the front of the street, one in the back,and one teeny little room in the middle.79After I left Penny Lane, I moved in with my auntie, wholived in the suburbs in a nice semi-detached place (251 MenloveAvenue, Woolton) with a small garden and doctors and lawyers andthat ilk living around, nor the poor, slummy image that wasprojected. I was a nice clean-cut suburban boy, and in the classsystem that was about a half a niche higher-class than Paul, Georgeand Ringo who lived in council houses. We owned our own house, hadour own garden, they didn't have anything like that. So I was a bitof a fruit compared to them, in a way. Ringo was the only real citykid.80 I think he came out of the lousiest area. He doesn't care, heprobably had more fun there.64The first thing I remember is a nightmare.79I dream in colour, and it's always very surreal. Mydream world is complete Hieronymus Bosch and Dali. I love it, I lookforward to it every night.74One recurrent dream, all through my life, was the flyingbit. I'd always fly in time of danger. I remember it as a child,flying around, like swimming in the air. I'd be swimming round whereI lived or somewhere I knew very well usually. The other times indreams I remember are nightmarish, where there'd be a giant horse orsomething and whenever it would get near to a danger point I wouldfly away. I used to translate it to myself, when I used to dream itin Liverpool, that it was that I wanted to get away from theplace.71Some of my most vivid dreams were about me being in aplane, flying over a certain part of Liverpool. It was when I was atschool. The plane used to fly over time and time again, going higherand higher.One really big one was about thousands of half-crownsall around me. And finding lots of money in old houses - as much ofthe stuff as I could carry. I used to put it in my pockets and in myhands and in sacks, and I could still never carry as much as Iwanted. I must have had ambition without realizing it - asubconscious urge to get above people or out of a rut.66You dream your way out until you actually, physicallyget out of it. I got out.68I have exactly the same feeling anybody does about theirhome town. I have met people who don't like their home town.Probably because they've had a lousy time. I had a happy, healthy

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