A Short Diversion

Photos: Astrid Kirchherr

 
 


A SHORT DIVERSION ON THE DUBIOUS ORIGINS OF BEATLES

(Translated From The John Lennon)

Mersey Beat, July 6th, 1961. Page 2 of issue No. 1.

Once upon a time there were three little boys called John, George and Paul, by name christened. They decided to get together because they were getting together type. When there were together they wondered what for after all, what for? So all of a sudden they grew guitars and fashioned noise. Funnily enough, no one was interested, least of all the three little men. So-o-o-o on discovering a fourth little even little man called Stuart Sutcliffe running about them they said, quite “Sonny get a bass guitar and you will be alright” and he did – but he wasn’t alright because he couldn’t play it. So they sat on him with comfort ‘til he could play. Still there was no beat, and a kindly old man said, quote “Thou hast not drums!” We had no drums! they coffed. So a series of drums came and went and came.

Suddenly, in Scotland, touring with Johnny Gentle, the group (called the Beatles called) discovered they had not a very nice sound – because they had no amplifiers. They got some.

Many people ask what are Beatles? Why Beatles? Ugh, Beatles, how did the name arrive? So we will tell you. It came in a vision – a man appeared on a flaming pie and said unto them “From this day on you are Beatles with an “A”. Thank you, mister man, they said, thanking him.

And then a man with a beard cut off said – will you go to Germany (Hamburg) and play mighty rock for peasants for money? And we said we would play mighty anything for money.

But before we could go we had to grow a drummer, so we grew one in West Derby in a club called Some Casbah and his trouble was Pete Best. We called “Hello Pete, come off to Germany” “Yes!” Zooooom. After a few months, Pete and Paul (who is called McArtrey, son of Jim McArtrey, his father) lit a Kino (cinema) and the German police said “Bad Beatles”, you must go home and light your English cinemas”. Zooooom, half a group. But before even this, the Gestapo had taken my friend little George Harrison (of Speke) away because he was only twelve and too young to vote in Germany; but after two months in England he grew eighteen and the Gestapoes said “you can come”. So suddenly all back in Liverpool Village were many groups playing in grey suits and Jim said “Why have you no grey suits?” “We don’t like them, Jim” we said, speaking to Jim.

After playing in the clubs a bit, everyone said “Go to Germany. So we are. Zooooom Stuart gone. Zooooom John (of Wolton) George (of Speke) Peter and Paul zoom zoom. All of them gone. Thank you club members from John and George (what are friends).

Come Together

The Beatles crossing Abbey Road from another angle

 
 

Fragment of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover. Although Let it Be was released afterwards, Abbey Road was actually the last album recorded by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

 
 

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The Fab Four taking a break. The album opener Come Together was a Lennon contribution. The chorus was inspired by a song Lennon originally wrote for Timothy Leary’s campaign for governor of California titled Let’s Get It Together.

 
 

English tailor Tommy Nutter designed the suits worn by John, Ringo and Paul.

 
 

In one of the firsts outtakes they were walking in the opposite side of the street

 
 

That August 8th 1969 only six shots were taken for the cover of the album

 
 

The front cover design, a photograph of the group traversing a zebra crossing, was based on sketched ideas by McCartney and taken outside EMI Studios on Abbey Road. At around 11:30 that morning, photographer Iain Macmillan was given only ten minutes to take the photo whilst he stood on a step-ladder and a policeman held up the traffic

 
 

McMillan revisited the scene for the front cover of Paul is Live (1993)

 
 

(1988)

 
 

Still from Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 1996)

 
 

Drawing by Al Hirshfeld

 
 

The Simpsons

 
 

Antwerp Six. From left: Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk Van Saene, Marina Yee, Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck y Dirk Bikkembergs.

 
 

Halston with his collaborators. New York, August 22, 1968. From left: Halston,Frances Stein, Joel Schumacher and Joanne Creveling. Photo: Sal Traina.

 
 

Still from Imagine Dragons’ On Top of the World music video (Matt Eastin and Corey Fox, 2013).