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  • 12/07/14--19:32: Krishna Krishna





  • It always struck me a little funny and ironic that when George was hanging out with the Hare Krishna devotees and producing the album with them, his hair was at one of the longest lengths that he ever wore it.  

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  • 12/07/14--19:41: Shocked and stunned


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  • 12/07/14--19:44: I feel Fine!



  • Clever Ringo takes an opportunity to inform fans on how he is feeling after getting his tonsils out while at the same time promotes the Beatles most recent single, I Feel Fine.   What is the deal with the guy working in the background?  He seems out of place.

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  • 12/08/14--17:16: Lennon side way glance.


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  • 12/08/14--17:19: Lennon Limited

  • This photo was sold by a Beatles fan club called, "Lennon Limited."   I think it is a great photo of John.

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     This is an interesting interview with the Liberation underground news at the Montreal Bed-in in 1969.   John and Yoko were full in on selling peace like soap and it seems like their answer to most questions were "then move..."     I don't always agree with John and Yoko during this time, but I do admire them for taking a stand and attempting to do something for peace.  During this time, we are in need of a lot of peace in the world.  

    A big thank you goes out to Brother Michael for not only sending me this article but also taking the time to transcribe the article and type it out!   A big hand for Michael!  Yeah!!!!!








    PLEASANT DREAMS, JOHN AND YOKO
    by Paul, Susan, Dick and Tamar
    LIBERATION News Service

    When John and Yoko tried to enter the United States a few weeks back, they were denied permission because John was an undesirable alien - John had once been busted for having some marijuana around his house in England.  Having been busted for dope makes you too undesirable to visit the United States unlike President Thieu of South Vietnam who enters our fair land, his hands dripping blood.

    When John and Yoko were told they couldn't come into the States they side-tripped to the Bahamas where they promised a protest against the United States and war.  Like previous John/Yoko protests this one was to emanate from their hotel room -- they would remain in bed for ten days attempting to draw world-wide attention to their thoughts.

    Upon arriving in Freeport, the main airport for the British Bahamas, John and Yoko decided those one beautiful, now tourist-infested, islands wouldn't suit their high purpose.  The hotels in Freeport charge foreign tourists sucker prices and aren't accessible to the Americans invited to visit John and Yoko during their demonstration.

    So Yoko and John caught the first flight out of Freeport headed for Montreal.  It was there, at the Queen Elizabeth II Hotel, that we planned to talk with them.

    "How?"

    "We'll call them on the phone and tell them we're from Liberation News Service and we want to interview them for the underground press in the United States.  WE have a note for Yoko from John Wilcock saying we're beautiful people they should talk to.  Wilcock and Yoko are old friends."

    The idea of talking with super Beatle and his beloved got us all hyped up.  We decided Susan would do the calling because she was the best at talking to the bureaucrats we'd surely have to go through to reach the dynamic duo.

    "Is this the Queen Elizabeth Hotel? Can I talk with John Lennon and Yoko Ono?"

    "You'll have to talk with the person in room 1748 about that, and that line is busy."

    "Can I hold on until the line is free?"

    "Alright, I'll keep ringing."

    Five minutes later the call went through.  The guy who answered was one of those who serves as a buffer between famous people and the outside world.

    "Hellow, can I talk with John or Yoko?"

    "Who is this?"

    "My name is Susan Adelman and I'm from Liberation News Service in New York -- we're the news service for the underground press in the States and we'd like to interview John and Yoko.  If that isn't impressive enough for you, we also have a note for Yoko from John Wilcock."

    "Oh. John Wilcock, how is John?"

    "He's fine and he told us that John and Yoko would probably love to give us an interview for the underground press in the States."

    "Well, if you have press credentials then you can come down to the hotel and probably get to see John and Yoko when they see the press."

    When Susan got off the phone and reported the above conversation to us, we freaked.  The cat we spoke to didn't sound too inviting.  How the hell could he lump us in with the Establishment media? Didn't he know what the underground media was???

    We decided to go anyway and see what happened.  We figured that as soon as we got to the hotel suite we'd be able to get past the jackass P.R. man and arrange with the bed-iners to talk privately.

    As we walked Dick asked me what we wanted to talk with John and Yoko about.  "Suppose we only get to ask three questions, what are we going to ask?"

    "We'll ask them what they meant when they said they were pacifists and not revolutionaries, what they meant by the line in the recording of 'Revolution' about "counting them out/in when you talk about destruction" and what they think about the youth movement around the world."

    "What we really ought to do is try to have an informal bull session where we can all talk freely and try to get them involved in the radical movement."

    So we decided -- we four new left radicals of varying experience as organizers -- to attempt to organize John Lennon and Yoko Ono.  We sincerely thought an informal discussion with John and Yoko would bring out the closeness in our collective thinking.

    We got into the Queen Elizabeth Hotel and up to the seventeenth floor by waving a couple of New york City Police Press Passes in the faces of anybody who tried to stop us.  Our appearance may have been shoddy but the power of a New York City Police Press Pass is awesome.  Like magic the doors opened and the guards moved aside.

    On the seventeenth floor we were a little bit turned off by the constant chanting of Montreal's Hare Krishniacs.  The Montreal chapter of the Society for a Krishna Consciousness was there in force banging their cymbals, beating their drum and chanting their message over and over and over.

    A security guard outside John and Yoko's section of the suite showed us to another room where we would meet their press aide.  In the room were a group of kids questioning a mid-thirties, chain-smoking, pseudo hip who was obviously the P.R. man.  He was telling the curious about a typical day in the life of a Beatle.  It really wasn't very exciting --  not at all.

    The guy had a mouth and a lot of words came out of it but there was no soul behind it.  He sounded like he was describing the tricks a prize dog performs.  John and Yoko were not portrayed as people but as famous personalities.

    After a while we told Mr. P.R. that were from LNS and gave him the note from John Wilcock. So impressed was he by our fancy credentials that he went right into the bed-iners and arranged for a group of us to go in.

    After getting final instructions from Mr. P.R. "("when you get into their room move quietly and sit down promptly"), we moved into the "presence".  There they were, looking very human.  Except for his long hair and beard John could have been your father.  He was wearing those off-white pin-striped pajamas that your father wears.  You know the kind we mean -- big, baggy, comfortable pajamas that make you look like a tooth paste commercial.  Yoko was wearing a simple white nightgown and beads.

    Around the bed were set up movie cameras which we later learned were hired by John and Yoko to record their protest.  The sound man for the movie company brought in a long poled microphone.  "Look  John," cried Nyoko (sic), their five-year old daughter, "it looks like a fishing rod."

    "Yeah, he's going to fish for some words," responded John.

    Around the bed we sat like children visiting their parents on Sunday morning.  John wanted to talk about Berkeley and so off we were.

    J: You're playing the establishment's game. And if you play their game they'll win.  They know how to play better than you. Stay at home or protest in bed.  Sit down rather than march -- marching is for your father...these days it's different -- you've got to get new ways of doing it...we're the hip ones -- we are the aware ones.  And if we can't sell peace the way they sell soap, well, we're nowhere.

    US: That assumes that we're selling peace the way they're selling soap.  The people in Berkeley want a place where they can play -- where kids can play.  Aren't you playing the establishment's game if you let them move you every time.

    J: Well, take when you're sitting on the bench and you don't know how to swim.  A lot of people are apathetic, they sit on the beach and say, 'the water's too deep; there's too much current, too many sharks', and they spend their whole lives doing that.  The militants dive in and drown.  The peacniks tried the peaceful way in Berkeley and they got in the water and swam, which was good.  But they happened to jump in where there was a big current, and some of them drowned.  And when you do that at any seaside, you put up a notice that says, "DANGER -- DON'T SWIM!' and you move down the beach. Or you get back on the beach and figure out how can swim under those circumstances, without drowning, but you don't go back into the same water.  That's what's happening in Berkeley.

    Look, you've got two years to give out propoganda (sic) before the next election and if all those minds are working but can't get rid of that guy in two years -- the leave and let the guy govern nothing.  Ok, it sounds hard to just move, migrate, but people have been doing it for millions of years.  We're all convinced that we have to stay in these little boxes that the establishment has given us to live in. We don't need degrees and you don't need boxes, not the boxes they give you -- move on, rather than die.  Or just move a couple of hundred yards down the road and plan out the next campaign.  Don't keep banging your head against the wall.  Not the same spot. Move on.

    US: What happens when there's no more boxes?

    J: what do you mean no more boxes? No more houses?

    US: No more places to go.

    J: By that time you will have had time to figure out what to do--you've got to turn on the housewives...

    Y: What does a salesman do?  A salesman goes to eighty houses and maybe gets eight people or five people on his side and that's how they sell.  You're not going to succeed every time you knock on the door... You haven't tried it enough--the thing is that: say you moved a hundred times, you know what's going to happen? While you're moving like that, maybe you'll come back to the same place.  But the same place is no more the same place, the time's changed, and meanwhile while you're moving you're working on things.  So that everywhere in the world as you go through, hopefully, and so the more you move the more the world is going to change.  Move more, man, you know.

    US: How does that relate to "Get Back To Where You Once Belonged?"

    J: You're taking it too literally. Tuscon, Arizona, is anywhere you want to go.

    Y: Everywhere is somewhere.  You could change the world.  It's the stupidity of the world you're fighting against. How do you fight stupidity?  You just have to break the stupidity and get the intelligence out of it.

    ON BLACK PEOPLE AND STARVATION

    Y: They have to help themselves, too.

    US: But they are helping themselves.  And they don't want to--some of them can't--move.

    Y: Why can't they move? Even if it's a ghetto, like a Jewish ghetto, you can escape.  There are ways of escaping.

    US: But racism exists everywhere.

    Y: Don't say racism exists.  That's your responsibility.  You become a traveling salesman, like Jesus Christ was, walking everywhere in his town.  You move from one place to another and go on singing your song.

    US: Aren't there times when we should stay where we are?

    J: If you want to get killed. Jump in the water where you just got killed--where your brother just got killed.

    US: People get killed by more than gunshots.  People get killed by other things.

    Y: Like what?

    US: By starving, for instance.

    Y: Nobody is starving.

    US: Oh, but they are.

    Y: If they are starving, they should move.  That's the worst crime in the world.  You know why they don't move.  It's because of the same idea that I have to carry my own name because a name is important, I have to live in my country because it's my country, I have to be in my town because it is my town.  It's a convention.  If you tell people that the whole world is yours and everywhere you go is your home and then if that consciousness develops, everyone is going to start moving.  Take if the Indians are starving, the only reason that they're starving is that they don't even dream of moving from there.

    Yoko's beautiful little daughter came running in carrying a small, clear plastic box.  'Look, John, look what someone gave me.  It's a mouse.'  My goodness, it certainly is a mouse, isn't --it,' said John, moving back about a foot from the bed.  (The mouse was about an inch and a half long.) 'What shall we do with him,' she asked.  Someone suggested that she let him out, but John said, 'Oh, no...he'd get trodden upon.  Now take him into the other room.'

    REVOLUTIONS: GYPSY AND OTHERWISE

    US: In the Revolution song on the album, you say, "If you're talking about destruction, don't you know that you can count me out...in.."

    J: That's because I'm human and I have doubts.  Now that Revolution song is the first version.   And the Revolution on the single was the last version.  I recorded the first one first and tried to release that.  With all the hassles, it didn't get out.  That was going to be the A side and Number Nine was going to be the B side.  But the Fab Three didn't think it was commercial enough, so we did it again.  And by then I'd got positive about it.  Well, I mean I still have doubts like everybody else, I'm no saint, and I'm no martyr.  And I have the same fears and emotions that everyone has.  I'm just trying to think positive about it.  And do positive things.  Otherwise, it will happen, it will be 1984 if we don't do the other... There's no such thing as stand as fight.

    US: Is there anything in the world that you could imagine you would stand and fight for? Anything so awful you would fight against it?

    J: Yes.

    Y: We're fighting in our own way, that is we're fighting to destroy hypocrisy and violence and hatred and things like that.  But this is the way we fight.  We keep moving and just communicate in ideas and concepts and try to change peoples' minds instead of a physical situation.  A physical situation is when you have to stay and fight physically and we don't want to do that.  So we just keep on changing our place--nothing bad about it.  It's just your pride or whatever it is that makes you stick it out, and that kind of pride is a waste.  We don't have any such pride.  Just keep on moving and while we move we drop our concepts and ideas to people and communicate and that way gradually the world will get turned on.

    J: When I was an unknown Beatle, I still was on the road.

    Y: We're a gypsy family.  I was a gypsy before I met him and was a gypsy too and we met and now we're a gypsy family.  May I tell you something, that in five years time, in ten years, I don't know, but in the near future people will be so self-secure about themselves that they won't need a government, they won't need any money to communicate.  Money and banks and governments will go.  That's my dream.  We're not it, you are it, everybody is it, and everybody is an infinite universe.  Leaders are just father figures.

    J: Who told you you weren't an artist? All kids paint and draw and write poetry and they don't need a leader, they just need somebody there to watch that they don't fall over in the trash basket.  So all of a sudden we've got art teachers and some of us are told you can't paint, you can't draw, you can't write poetry.  But they can all do that.  And it's the same with the world government telling you you can't do this, we need to do it for you...you don't need it.  You're all natural born leaders.  Who told you you weren't artists?

      Before I met Yoko, she just wandered around, renting things.  I've still got the working class hang-up, I'm trying to get rid of it, of possession.  I figure that she's the daughter of a banker and she's given it all up, she knew what it was all about.  She just turned up when we got together with a few rags, and just left anything she had.  Half her gear is in New York.  She never possessed anything. I've still got the hang-up that 'this is my pillow and that's your pillow and it's a hard fight but I'm winning.'

      Show me any violent revolution that worked before.  You had revolutions in Moscow and in France.  They won and they took over and look where they're at now.  Everyone wants to put hope in Cuba, but how long has it been going--10 years--I wish it well.




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  • 12/08/14--19:47: Remembering John 2014




  • All photos are copyright Sara Schmidt    Please do not post without permission


    34 years ago we lost John.   We have lived in a world without John Lennon for 34 years.   And I wish I could say that in the past 34 years things in America have gotten better.   That gun law drastically changed and that there is more peace and harmony among people.    However, John's murder was just one of millions that have occurred.     This has been a difficult day for me.   December 8th usually is, but for some reason this December 8th is a little more difficult than others.    I think in part it was because I was doing testing with students at school today and I had to write "December 8" over and over again on test papers.   Seeing the date in my face just made it more real.  

    But even in the middle of the sadness over the years, I have to say that us Beatle fans have always kept John's music and his message alive.     I am proud to be a Beatle fan because the Beatles stood for peace and love.   I was just listening to John's last interview and he was saying that he still believed in "All you need is love."  

    John's death reminds us all that life is so short.   John did not wake up that Monday morning thinking that it was going to be his last day on earth.  At that last recording session, Yoko didn't think, "well this is it...I will never see my  husband again."    But in just one moment, he was gone forever.    There has been a lot of death around me lately.    A lot of friends family members and people I am acquaintances with have passed away in the past week.    Make the most of the time you have here.  Spend it with the people you love and do the things you enjoy.    Don't argue over little things and get all worked up over minor issues.   Find happiness is life, even when it is getting you down.

    The photos I posted are ones that I own (yes, I bought the copyright to a set of them) from December 14, 1980 during the memorial service for John.   You know, I cannot think of another person that had such a huge memorial service.   In all of the major cities around the world, people who loved John came together to remember him and pay their respects.   The largest one was at Central Park in New York City (seen here), but there were gatherings both large and small on that day.  I recall reading about one gathering of John fans in a small town and only 4 people showed up.   But it didn't matter.  Everyone was together at the same time.  And at 2:00 eastern time the world was quite for 10 solid minutes.   The news reports said that in Central Park no one said a word and a dog didn't even bark for the entire time.   People held signs and bowed their heads in prayer for John.  Some wept for him.  In Liverpool, where it was nighttime, the mourners held candles while standing in the cold.    Can you think of any other time where the world was silent like that?    And after 10 minutes, John's voice singing Imagine could be heard and everyone cried and sang along.    It does make what happened to John go away, but I sure think it is beautiful that people loved him so much that they honored him like that. 



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  • 12/09/14--18:53: You've got a lucky face


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  • 12/09/14--19:03: Love is all you need


  • The girl in the background does not seem to care that Paul McCartney is about to hold hand with his long-time girlfriend, Jane Asher.  Jane who????

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  • 12/09/14--19:16: Double interview


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  • 12/09/14--19:59: Sgt. Pepper Paul


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  • 12/09/14--20:39: Jet magazine in 1966
  • Did you realize that you can get some magazines for FREE from google?   Well one of the few that you can read all of the issues of is "Jet" magazine, the magazine for African Americans that had articles about music, politics and issues of the day.    I ran a search on Beatles and found this information about in one of the 1966 issues about the Beatles in Memphis.   I really enjoy the Bobby Hebb photographs. 






    Beatles Tell Memphis Newsmen They like Negro Vocal Groups
    Jet Magazine September 1966

    When Four long-haired Britishers—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harris (sic) and Ringo Starr – known professionally as the Beatles –sang to a Memphis, Tenn audience of 20, 128 (which included two performances) only a handful of Negroes were spotted.  Included among the screaming fans was Carla Thomas, a top recording star who current disk B-A-B-Y has caused many screams at rock n roll concerts  Carla, without reservation, let it be known that “I am a Beatle fan.”  Carla continued, “:I’ve always wanted to see them in person but was disappointed because I couldn’t hear anything for all of the screaming teenagers.  I like them, especially Paul.”    Between performances, the notorious foursome held a 25 minute so called “press” conference which was no place for a working newsmen (teenage girls broke It up with their screams).  Paul McCartney, seemingly the happiest of the four, didn’t hesitate to answer, “We like American colored groups,” when a reporter asked, “Who is your (The Beatles) favorite American singer?”  John Lennon, the most talkative member of the British quartet, confirmed that last spring they planned to record an album in Memphis but “little things like money” kept getting in the way.  Lennon noted that, “We would love to record with Booker T. and the MG’s”   Booker T. Jones, a recent graduate of Indiana University, is a Memphian who hit it big several years ago with “Green Onions”   His latest platter is “My Sweet Potato”   Touring with the Beatles on their second American tour were the Ronettes and Nashville born singer Bobby Hebb.  Just before taking to the stage for their final Memphis show, Beatle Manager Brian Epstein permitted only one photographer (of more than 150 reporters and photographers) inside their dressing room—Jet’s Memphis lensman Mark Stansbury. 

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  • 12/10/14--18:10: A Hard Day's Wait


  • The boys waiting for directions during the making of a Hard Day's night.  Meanwhile the people in the background are just staring at the Beatles....

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    When I look at the statistics for this blog,  I notice the things that people put into google searches that bring to "Meet the Beatles for Real."   And one of the most common searches is "Friar Park."    And I can see why people are searching for more information about this amazing home in Henley.   Not only is it the home of George Harrison and his family, but it is rich in beauty and it has history and it is different.  

    So that is why my "Wednesday Review" this week is for a book called "Friar Park:  A Pictorial History"  by The Cardinals.




    I have to confess, that I have not completely read all of the text in the book, but as it is a pictorial history, it is full of beautiful photos of Friar Park, which I have looked though many times.    This book is not a "Beatles" book but it is one that is of great interest to George Harrison fans.  George bought the property in 1970 and he built a recording studio there and records many albums.  He made several promotional films there and Friar Park has been the place where fans have gone and met George over the years.   Now that he has passed away, he wife, Olivia and son Dhani and his wife live there.     Beatle fans have been fascinated with Friar Park ever since George first purchased it.


    This book has so many beautiful photos from all of the years and shows ever part of Friar Park.   It shows photos of the "small" houses (the ones that George's father and brother lived in at one time), the garden, the Matterhorn, the caves, and the big house.     All the while it tells the history of Sir Frankie Crisp and how he came to build the things and the history behind them.    There are not just photos, but post cards and other various things. 


    Friar park--photo posted with permission of author


    My favorite part is seeing some of the inside of the large house where George lived.    We have seen peeks of the inside over the years, and we read about it in Pattie Boyd's and Chris O'Dell's books, but these photos are just amazing!    You will love to see them and imagine George hanging out there.

    Inside Friar Park home--photo posted with permission from author
    My only negative thing to say about the book is that there isn't enough George Harrison history in it.  However, this book was never intended to be a Beatles book and besides the recording studio, George did not make a lot of major changes to the landscape or the home.   

    This would be a great Christmas gift or a gift for yourself, especially if you are interested in the Beatles homes and/or George Harrison.    The beauty of the book is just amazing.  

    The book is reasonably priced ($23.00) and you can order it through Amazon.com  (Just click on this link)    If you decide to purchase the book, send an email to Cardinal@campfirenetwork.com with proof of your purchase, you will receive a electronic version of the book for FREE!!    That is a great deal!  

    Also available is a book that is a color reprint of the 1919 Estate Auction Catalogue.  I have not seen this, but it sounds pretty awesome. 

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  • 12/10/14--19:36: The lovely couple


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  • 12/10/14--19:41: Smoke Break


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  • 12/10/14--20:17: A smoke and a chat


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  • 12/11/14--17:29: Pattie and George



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  • 12/11/14--19:25: The red and the blue
  • This story was found in the Tokyo Beatles Fan Club Magazine (Issue 35) and it is a story written by Horacio Daniel Dubini about his fan club, "The Apple Corp" from Argentina.  In the story, he tells of the surprise of seeing George Harrison in 1993.


    Photo by Horacio Dubini

    As the president of the club, I went to England in 1993 to attend a party to promote the Red and Blue CD release and Paul's World Tour.  The sites which touched me most were 3 Savile Row and The Cavern in Liverpool.   At the Red and Blue launching party on September 9, 1993, inside Studio No.2 at EMI, we had the chance to meet Sir George Martin and Ken Townsend.   But it was the unexpected visit of George Harrison which took our breath away.   I was speechless and could only take two photos.  He stayed there only for some minutes and told us "the '60's were magic and all you need is love" before joining George Martin for photos.

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