“What can you say about a twenty-five year old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. The Beatles. And me.” E. Segal
In the hospital George asked the nurses to put fish and chips in his IV. The doctor – thinking he was delusional – said to his son “don’t worry, we have a medical name for this condition.” “Yes,” said Dhani, “humor.”
“Well, I was hurt by George’s book, “I, Me, Mine” — so this message will go to him. He put a book out privately on his life that, by glaring omission, says that my influence on his life is absolutely zilch and nil. In his book, which is purportedly this clarity of vision of his influence on each song he wrote, he remembers every two-bit sax player or guitarist he met in subsequent years. I’m not in the book. ” (John Lennon, 1980 Playboy Interview)
“Living with good and bad / I always looked up to you
Now we’re left cold and sad / by someone the devil’s best friend
Someone who offended all”
(George Harrison – All Those Years Ago 1981, Somewhere In England)
“Paul and Jane in Rishikesh. The Maharishi had no idea who we were and thought we were other travellers, devotees, whatever. As soon as he found out, he thought it would be good if we did a world tour – and we weren’t touring then! – to pass on his message.”
Ringo Starr (Postcards from the boys)
“This is what we’re like with our trousers off. So would you please end the game now?”
“Don’t Let Me Down was a genuine plea… It was saying to Yoko, ‘I’m really stepping out of line on this one. I’m really letting my vulnerability be seen, so you must not let me down.’ I think it was a genuine cry for help. It was a good song”.
(Many Years From Now)
“Did you ever take me in your arms, look me in the eye, tell me that you do?
Did I ever open up my heart, let you look inside?
If I never did it, I was only waiting, for a better moment that didn’t come
There never could be a better moment, than this one, this one”
Paul McCartney – This One (Artwork by Fiona Fu)
“George told me once that I smelt like home. I got all paranoid, you know, thinking I smelt of fish and chip shops or dirty bars or something. But he said no, I just always smelt of home.” — Paul McCartney
“On my desk I keep a tearsheet of a portrait of John Lennon and Paul McCartney taken by photographer David Bailey. There’s something about the photograph that captured then and still holds my attention to this day. Like all great photographs it’s hard to put into words why the picture is so affecting; in my case it’s a feeling about the quality of the relationship between Lennon and McCartney. There’s a tenderness there that belies their mythic Scouse upbringing in Liverpool. Looking at the picture, Lennon’s head tilts a bit to the right, while McCartney’s goes left; his head seems to float against the solid black shape of Lennon’s body. Each a part of the other”.
Q: “Good. Who was principally responsible, Paul or John?”
PAUL: “John, really.”
JOHN & PAUL: “No. No.”
Q: “I see.”
John Lennon and Paul McCartney asked about progress on their upcoming album (March 1967)