My Favourite Pictures of John W. Lennon

Any guesses who my favourite Beatle is?? Well, I think it's been said before on here...

Any guesses who my favourite Beatle is?? Well, I think it’s been said before on here…

Well, good morning, good morning (or afternoon…or evening…) to all who are reading!

Still beautiful weather here in Adelaide! It was slightly cold during the week, but it has warmed up again for the weekend. Tomorrow it’s meant to be 25, but then it goes back down to 17 for the rest of the week. But this next week’s going to be good, ‘cos it’s my birthday on Thursday! Yes, I was born on the 11th of September… But ‘Love Me Do’ was recorded that day in 1962, and recording for With The Beatles and filming for Magical Mystery Tour commenced in ’63 and ’67, respectively, and it’s Ethiopian New Year, too. Not just the 9/11 anniversary. But anyway…

I realised that my favourite Beatle does not have a post just about him, yet! Sorry, John… So I thought I’d do this! As you might assume, about half of the Camera Roll on my iPad is made up of Beatle-y photos, and of course for photos of just one of the boys, John takes up the most memory (not that I care!)! In fact, quite a bit of my iPad memory is taken up by Beatles stuff, whether that be actual music or photos or random things I’ve written about them or PDFs on them… 🙂 But here we are – my favourite pictures of my favourite idol in (you guessed it) a nutshell! Oh, and this post will only include one David Bailey shot (‘cos they have their own post), and only one of him in my favourite brown suede Rubber Soul jacket, ‘cos that might get a post titled ‘The Rubber Soul Jacket Appreciation Society’ soon.

 

I found this one the other day, whilst looking for pictures for an ICT project on the Beatles Bible. My ICT teacher is also an avid Beatles fan, so he encouraged me to make my assignment on the lads!

I found this one the other day, whilst looking for pictures for an ICT project on the Beatles Bible. My ICT teacher is also an avid Beatles fan, so he encouraged me to make my assignment on the lads!

 

Oh my - I love this picture! It's from my beloved 'Help!' period (he's even wearing the outfit he wore in the Salisbury Plains scene), and even though I love him for his music and intelligence first and foremost, I must say he's really attractive here... :-)

Oh my – I love this picture! It’s from my beloved ‘Help!’ period (he’s even wearing the outfit he wore in the Salisbury Plains scene), and even though I love him for his music and intelligence first and foremost, I must say his looks are really done justice here… 🙂 Oh, and those sunglasses…

 

Okay - you must think I have an obsession with that green corduroy! My obsession lays with his brown suede 'Rubber Soul' jacket (because of which I bought a beige corduroy jacket that looks just like it) and his batwing coat from 'Help!' (because of which I bought a navy cape from Vinnies), but I do love this outfit. I think it may have been shot whilst filming the intermission of 'Help!', and looks like someone's a bit tired...

Okay – you must think I have an obsession with that green corduroy! My obsession lays with his brown suede ‘Rubber Soul’ jacket (because of which I bought a beige corduroy jacket that looks just like it) and his batwing coat from ‘Help!’ (because of which I bought a navy cape from Vinnies), but I do love this outfit. I think it may have been shot whilst filming the intermission of ‘Help!’, and looks like someone’s a bit tired! I don’t blame him…

 

This photo was part of a photo-shoot with Brian Duffy in 1965. It is probably one of my favourite photos of him, along with David Bailey's stuff. Interestingly, I only found out the other day that he took some of the most famous pictures of David Bowie ever taken!

This photo was part of a photo-shoot with Brian Duffy in 1965. It is probably one of my favourite photos of him, along with David Bailey’s stuff. Interestingly, I only found out the other day that Duffy took some of the most famous pictures of David Bowie ever taken!

 

I love this picture! It was taken by Bob Whitaker (a fellow Aussie!) in 1965 - like most of these photos. As I said above, it's my birthday on Thursday, and I might be getting his book!  I love so many pictures of John. I think there might need to be a Part Two to this post soon!

I love this picture! It was taken by Bob Whitaker (a fellow Aussie!) in 1965 – like most of these photos. As I said above, it’s my birthday on Thursday, and I might be getting Whitaker’s book! John with a daisy over one of his gorgeous eyes is too cute! This is my avatar on thebeatles.com.
I love so many pictures of John. I think there might need to be a Part Two to this post soon!

 

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I can find no information whatsoever about this picture, but that just makes it even more intriguing! I can see it was taken in 1968 (hairstyle and Yoko pictures), but that’s all I really know about it. I think it may have been taken in an art studio at some point – there are calligraphy pens and a large amount of paper on the table – but I guess I won’t ever know. I wonder if the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ drumhead is the original featured on the album cover?

 

I also discovered this whilst browsing the Beatles Bible the other day. Interestingly, the negatives for this only surfaced three years ago. I really like this proof-sheet - in fact, you may have noticed a pattern that I like pretty much any picture of any Beatle taken in 1965. Especially John...

I also discovered this whilst browsing the Beatles Bible the other day. Interestingly, the negatives for this only surfaced three years ago. I really like this proof-sheet – in fact, you may have noticed a pattern that I like pretty much any picture of any Beatle taken in 1965. Especially John…

 

Brown suede jacket time! Taken whilst recording my second-fave album, 'Rubber Soul'!

Brown suede jacket time! Taken whilst recording my second-fave album, ‘Rubber Soul’!

 

This was, in fact, my avatar for quite some time. A still from the Paperback Writer/Rain promo videos, thus taken in 1966.

This was, in fact, my avatar for quite some time. A still from the Paperback Writer/Rain promo videos, thus taken in 1966.

 

Like the mysterious art studio (?) picture above, this was taken in 1968, and John seems to be trying to decide what 45 to play next!  Mum found this on my favourite record shop's Facebook page, and sent it to me a couple of months ago - thanks!

Like the mysterious art studio (?) picture above, this was taken in 1968, and John seems to be trying to decide what 45 to play next! Mum found this on my favourite record shop’s Facebook page, and sent it to me a couple of months ago – thanks!

 

This picture was on the cover of LIFE magazine some time ago, and that's all Google will tell me. I know, however, that it was taken in 1965. Thank you to nymfan97 (a big hello to you if you're reading) for posting this on your blog! I - in fact - drew a pencil portrait of John from this picture, which I a) am quite proud of, and b) must post on here sometime.

This picture was on the cover of LIFE magazine some time ago, and that’s all Google will tell me. I know, however, that it was taken in 1965. Thank you to nymfan97 (a big hello to you if you’re reading) for posting this on your blog! I – in fact – drew a pencil portrait of John from this picture, which I a) am quite proud of, and b) must post on here sometime. Nice to see my favourite Beatle shares an appreciation of red polo-necks with me!

 

Like the LIFE cover picture, I first saw this on nymfan97's blog! I was just reading some of her archived posts, and I saw this picture again. I'd forgotten how I love it. It was taken in February 1965, whilst filming 'Help!' in the Bahamas

Like the LIFE cover picture, I first saw this on nymfan97’s blog! I was just reading some of her archived posts, and I saw this picture again. I’d forgotten how I love it. It was taken in February 1965, whilst filming ‘Help!’ in the Bahamas. John has the loveliest smile – when I post more pictures of John at some point, I must post more of him grinning.

 

Yes, 1965 again. Also found on the Beatles Bible. I thought for quite some time that this was taken in Stu Sutcliffe's studio, without realising that John was not in Germany in 1965, and thus could not have visited Stu's widow Astrid and photographed in her house. Further research revealed that it was, in fact, taken in John's own Weybridge home in his attic art studio.

Yes, 1965 again. Also found on the Beatles Bible. I thought for quite some time that this was taken in Stu Sutcliffe’s studio, without realising that John was not in Germany in 1965, and thus could not have visited Stu’s widow Astrid and photographed in her house. Further research revealed that it was, in fact, taken in John’s own Weybridge home in his attic art studio.

 

Aww! :-) I think this might be the earliest picture in this post. I think it was taken in mid-to-late '64. But regardless of when it's from, John with a stuffed panda is almost unbearably cute!

Aww! 🙂 I think this might be the earliest picture in this post. I think it was taken in mid-to-late ’64. But regardless of when it’s from, John with a stuffed panda is almost unbearably cute!

 

And now for my all-time favourite shot of John! Yes, I know David Bailey took it, but it must feature in this post. I love just about everything in this photo... It also reminds me of The John Lennon Letters, one of my first Beatle-y ventures in the literary world. This is also my current avatar.

And now for my all-time favourite shot of John! Yes, I know David Bailey took it, but it must feature in this post. I love just about everything in this photo… It also reminds me of The John Lennon Letters, one of my first Beatle-y ventures in the literary world. This is also my current avatar.

 

So there you go! Some utterly gorgeous pictures of Dr Winston O’Boogie, and my musings on them.

(And now for a couple of other things…)

I’m a recording musician! I set up a Soundcloud account last weekend, and uploaded a cover of ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ on it. My stage/alter-ego name is Sadie of Kirkcaldy, taken from two Fabs songs – ‘Sexy Sadie’ (Sadie) and ‘Cry Baby Cry’ (of Kirkcaldy). I plan on uploading a more sophisticated cover of ‘Dear Prudence’ – using my brand new Fender Acoustasonic amp which I got yesterday for John, my gorgeous acoustic-electric guitar – and some of my own self-written songs (once I’ve got a melody for them) on there soon, so please follow me and share with your friends! My account can be found at http://souncloud.com/sadie-of-kirkcaldy , and please listen to my song below, which I’ll embed right now.

Oh, and for the Aussies reading, Nowhere Boy was on SBS1 last night. Nowhere Boy covers the story of John’s teenage years (with some artistic license), and whilst many fans didn’t like it, I love it. It’s very, very sad (I got a bit misty-eyed near the end), but I would recommend it to any Beatles/Lennon fan. Again on SBS1, tonight a documentary called Becoming The Beatles will be on at 10:05 pm, so look out for it!

Good day sunshine for now! 🙂

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A couple of poems for y’all…

Hey Bulldog/Jude/all who care to read this,

Today is an absolutely BEE-YOO-TIFUL day in Adelaide! It is 25 degrees – 25! I can’t remember the last time it was warm… Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m fully aware that Adelaide weather gets to just under double that in Summer (I believe the highest temperature last Summer was something ridiculous like 48 – except we were in Singapore at the time…), but 25 is enjoyably warm, so I can truly sing ‘Here Comes The Sun’ (perhaps George is looking down!)!

Now onto something OTHER than the small-talk-ish topic of weather… I haven’t posted a poem in donkeys’ years, have I? (Nor have I listened to my favourite Beatles solo album, Imagine, in a while, either, so I’m currently doing that, too. ‘Jealous Guy’ – my fave John solo song – is currently playing.) I had two poems in the vault (oh, tangerinetrees99 – BE DONE WITH THE CLICHES!), and I really could not decide between the two as to which I should post – and that is why there will be two poems today!

The first is called ‘the café’, and I wrote it this morning after coming back from my guitar lesson and brunch in town. Really, it is about my experience in the café (which – I might add – I’ve been to a-million times before, but had some kind of non-religious epiphany today) this morning: sitting in the sun, reading a beatnik anthology magazine, sipping iced tea, eating a croissant, y’know – all that stuff. I really like this poem, and I am proud to proclaim it is the first good remotely happy poem I’ve ever written (my teacher last year forced me to write one, but it was rubbish)! Usually, my poetry is very sad and dark and depressing, ‘cos I write when I’m sad (among other things), but sitting in the sun/café this morning (and possibly reading that magazine – The Canary Press, it was called) was kind of like a muse, and I knew I just had to write about it. And just a note about the formatting – yes, I do know about correct grammar, and that you do have to capitalise the start of sentences, and in poetry, you generally start new lines as, well, new lines. I just thought I’d break the rules – and put the poem in ‘align right’ – and I’m pleased I did! So, well, here it is – enjoy!

the café.

by tangerinetrees99, 30.08.2014

sitting at a table, the
heat-tinged sun beating down. nibbling
at a toasted croissant, dusted
with olive oil. sipping
a jam jar of iced tea, the
ice seeping through the glass. folky
blues playing in the background. humming
‘here comes the sun’, an
apt name for this saturday. chatter,
chatter, chatter. little
girls dancing to lilting twelve-bars. smartphones
ringing. bohemians
drifting through,
their skirts trailing slightly behind. dropping
out from all the noise. reading
a year-old issue of the canary press,
the pages amber through tortoiseshell imitation ray-bans. curly
hair darting about in the wind,
the ties on the nineteen-sixties shift-dress flitting ahead. thinking
about the story in front of my blue eyes, pondering
what to do. but
suddenly i recall something, an
old friend who has seemingly come back to play:
happiness.

And now for Poem #2… ‘I Don’t Get This Debate’. At school at the moment, we are studying poetry in English! Fairly early on this term, we spent a little time looking at thematic poetry – the theme being ‘Kids vs. Adults’. We spent the lesson studying a couple of poems, plus ‘I Don’t Wanna Grow Up’ – the latter involved listening to Tom Waits and The Ramones (separately). We were then going to write our own poem a bit like the above, but that all fell through. But I – however – had a fabulous idea for mine, and wrote it down directly after that lesson about a month ago! I really didn’t get the debate, so I exaggerated my life a bit (just the slightest bit. Sarcasm may or may not be intended.) and wrote a poem called, well, ‘I Don’t Get This Debate’. Hope it makes you laugh, ‘cos it’s meant to be funny! I’ve already showed it to my school’s writer-in-residence – who thought it was funny, and loved it – my mum – who also loved it (thanks!) – and a few friends – ditto (again, thanks!), but apart from them, you are all the first to see it (you were certainly the first to read ‘the café’). So – like the above – enjoy this funny, cheeky, and a little bit naughty (if I say so myself 🙂 ) poem!

I Don’t Get This Debate

Really? Kids versus adults?
I absolutely do not get this debate.
Yeah, I get that you all think adulter adulthood is all
Bills, bills, bills; ‘Honey, did you get dinner?’; loans, loans, loans; ‘No, I didn’t – you told me to get breakfast.’; think, think, think; ‘Oh my God – how could you?!’; blah, blah, blah. Oh, and you have to be – gasp – mature!
(That may or may not be sarcasm.)
And you all must think that those tower-toppering tall-as-a-tower shouting-hotspots known as adults think that you’re all
Procrastinate, procrastinate, procrastinate; ‘Barbie, what dress do want to wear to your wedding with Ken?’; tantrums, tantrums, tantrums; ‘What – you’ve broken up with Ken?’; chasey, hide-and-seek, NOT MORE IRRITATING GAMES; *sobbing*; blah, blah, blah.
(Well, you must have something in common with your elders, if ‘blah, blah, blah’ is an item on both lists…)
But – onto the point – what on flipping Earth is all the commotion about? Why does this debate even exist?
I mean…this could just be me, but:
I’m allowed to stay up almost as late as the parentals.
(Sup, dude – I don’t have parents, I have parentals.)
And I’m kind of allowed to swear.
(Why the  f  Hell aren’t you?)
And I’m allowed to watch some as many “adult” TV shows and films as I like.
This is why my favourite films are rated M XXX.
And I can sometimes play my music as loud as I like, and the parentals aren’t bothered.
Oh, and I listen to music on vinyl, too.
Which makes me seem as old as the parentals, too.
(They’re never bothered – I know, ‘cos they never tell me to turn it down. See below for PROOF!
*Revolver playing really loudly*
“Turn that down! Are you trying to get freaking Tony Abbot to hear ‘Taxman’, or something?” – that’s Mum.
“No. I just like it loud.” – me.
*Exasperated sigh from parental.*
See? SEE?)
And the parentals trust me so much, they don’t even bother giving me internet-related restrictions.
Want proof?
I’ve been sitting here, all day, writing this poem (and checking my faux Facebook account, and posting on my faux Instagram account, and Skyping a blackmail note to my Dad using my fake Skype account…), and I haven’t yet been told to get off! Not even once. But – if I say so myself – I’ve got a really good reason to b-
“GET OFF THAT LAPTOP! YOU’VE BEEN ON THERE ALL DAY!”
Bloody hell.
“AND DON’T USE THAT WORD!”
Sigh. I get this debate.

Hope you have a gear rest of your day, wherever you are Across The Universe, and if you’re Adelaidean, be sure to enjoy this luv-err-ly weather! Good day sunshine (literally!) 🙂

Thank You Mr. Postman! Pt. 2

 

The latest edition to my Beatle-y merchandise collection!

The latest edition to my Beatle-y merchandise collection!

 

Rubber Soul – John, Paul, George and Ringo’s sixth album, released in Britain on the 3rd of December, 1965; what does it mean to you? To me, it means a few things – a) it was the first Beatles studio album I purchased, b) I remember listening to it on a plane flight from Melbourne to Adelaide (where it snowed, yesterday – not in my part (where it stayed just about 8 degrees all day), but it still snowed!) just under a year ago, and c) to me, it marks when the later years of The Beatles’ career start. But now, it means something more – ‘cos look what came in the mail at about 11 o’clock (AM – obviously…) today! The above book is a Rubber Soul ‘song album’ – a magazine that contains eight ‘already standard songs’ off the album, plus three pages of ‘fabulous photos’! I ordered it off Ebay on Monday (Ringo’s birthday!), and (since it only had to come down from Queensland – the state at the very top of Australia, if you’re not familiar with the geography of my country) it has arrived surprisingly quickly! I had a flip through the pages, and it looks as though most of the songs are in the correct key signature, so I shouldn’t have to do too much transposing to bring them up/down to the way The Fab Four played them! The songs noted in the book are – in case you can’t read the listing on the picture (it would appear quite small on, say, an iPhone) – ‘Michelle’, ‘Norwegian Wood’, ‘Nowhere Man’, ‘Girl’, ‘Wait’, ‘If I Needed Someone’, ‘Drive My Car’ and ‘Think For Yourself’, and are printed in that order. In the middle of the booklet is a double-page spread of pictures of The Beatles taken at various points in 1965, and just over 3/4ths of the way through, there is a image-page dedicated to the Shea Stadium gig. So as you can see, I’m quite pleased with my latest purchase!

Just one more thing before I show you some pictures of the book – the mystery of when the book was published, as this is not apparent at first view. When I purchased the book, I was under the impression that it was printed in 1965, but as I will show a little further down, the book was being sold at a price of 80 cents. In Australia in 1965, our currency was the Australian pound/penny – it continued to be so until the 14th of February, 1966 (when it was all decimalised, and we ended up with the Australian dollar/cent). Interestingly, until the release of Revolver, Australian Beatles releases were always a couple of months behind the UK. Because of this, Rubber Soul (the last record to have a delayed release date here) was put on shelves on the 17th of February, 1966 – only three days after decimalisation. I’d assume that my book was released around the same time as the album, so my guess is that it was released some time between February (the date of both decimalisation – hence the price of 80 cents – and the Australian release of Rubber Soul) and August (the world release-date of Revolver – involving Australia for the first time…), 1966. I don’t think it could have been any later, ‘cos – as far as I can see – these ‘song albums’ were released with every LP (making the previous one out-of-print), the price would be too little for something even released in 1970s, and the pages look too old to be something much later. But now, I’ll stop writing, and show you my pictures; enjoy!

The '80 cents' thing I was talking about (off the back cover - it was scribbled off the front, as you may have noted from my image at the top of the post).

The ’80 cents’ thing I was talking about (off the back cover – the price was scribbled off the front, as you may have noted from my image at the top of the post).

The publishing information - interesting from the point of view of an Australian Beatlemaniac...

The publishing information – interesting from the point of view of an Australian Beatlemaniac, but worth a look…

A page of music - 'Nowhere Man', to be exact. This image might be illegal (I don't know), so please look at my 'Disclaimers' post if you are thinking of suing me (though I doubt some Apple Corps. official would bother to read such blogs)...

A page of music – ‘Nowhere Man’, to be exact. This image might be illegal (I don’t know), so please look at my ‘Disclaimers’ post if you are thinking of suing me (though I doubt some Apple Corps. official would bother to read this)…

A double-spread of pictures (yay!)! Oh, and just look at that picture of John in the right corner of the left-hand page - oh my, was he attractive :-) !

A double-spread of pictures (yay!)! Oh, and just look at that picture of John in the right corner of the left-hand page – oh my, was he attractive 🙂 !

Another page of music - 'Girl', this time. I love this song - it will definitely make my next 'Favourite Beatles Songs' post, and I can't believe it didn't feature on the first one!

Another page of music – ‘Girl’, this time. I love this song – it will definitely make my next ‘Favourite Beatles Songs’ post, and I can’t believe it didn’t feature on the first one!

The Shea Stadium pictures I was talking about, plus the last page of 'Drive My Car'.

The Shea Stadium pictures I was talking about, plus the last page of ‘Drive My Car’.

The last page - 'Think For Yourself', the song that turned me on to how good a songwriter George was! Note the different title font - it appears to have been used on both the first and last pages of music.

The last pages – ‘Think For Yourself’, the song that turned me on to how good a songwriter George was! Note the different title font – it appears to have been used on both the first and last pages of music.

So there you have it – an insider’s view of my latest Beatle-y thing! And now for a couple of other things…

A Hard Day’s Night might just make its way onto Australian big screens! I was giving The Beatles’ official website one of my weekly looks the other day, and I came across a page titled ‘A Hard Day’s Night Screenings Info’. I clicked on it – for no apparent reason (a glimmer of hope, perhaps?!) – and proceeded to read it. And, guess what? The article said (quote), “In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of its world premiere in London, The Beatles’ epoch-making music movie will have an extended run of screenings across the USA and the UK from 4 July 2014, with more global dates to be announced soon.” So this means that it might – just might – make its way Down Under, and, good gracious, would I be the happiest girl on Earth if it did! If you (like me) have an account on the website, make sure you ‘Favourite’ the page and keep your eyes peeled. If you don’t, however, I’ve posted the link here. But if you’re reading this in the US/UK, I’d assume you’ve already seen it – I’d love to hear what it was like!

(And finally…)

Today is a special day for me, because it marks exactly one year since I purchased my first Beatles album! About six months earlier (after becoming a casual fan three years before – this being revived again in 2012), my then-best-friend turned me on to The Beatles’ music (after a playing of ‘All You Need Is Love’ one school assembly), and we spent our lunch-breaks singing tunes such as ‘Eleanor Rigby’ (her favourite Beatles song) and ‘Hello Goodbye’ (my then-fave – it’s the first Beatles song I have exact memory of listening to, so it’s a little special to me), and talking about our favourite Beatles (hers was Paul, and – as you will have gathered – mine is John). There was only one problem, though – I thought my parents didn’t like The Fab Four (I was very, very wrong), so I was too afraid to tell them about my new-found passion. So – about six months later – I found myself making up elaborate plots that would allow me to purchase a Beatles album without my mother and father cluing on too much. I remember scouring iTunes – which, at the time, was selling 1 and Help! at discounted prices – to try and find an album that I could start out with. I decided up on 1 – at this time, of course, I had no knowledge of their studio albums (would you believe it – I though Abbey Road was a Rolling Stones album!), so I unwittingly ended up with their best-selling, 2000-released compilation (not that I care!). But anyway, I plotted for about two weeks, and finally, my ‘B-day’ had rolled along. I’d purchased an iTunes card a few days earlier (as part of my plot), and bought a few other songs to make myself appear a little less ‘suspicious’ (as I thought myself at the time). But my plan fell apart (thankfully!), when Mum ended up going through a newly-purchased flute music book to try and find some music to recommend (all a part of my plot), she also ended up discovering I was a rookie Beatlemaniac – and I discovered that she also liked their music! Since then, my love has only blossomed, so I reckon the decision I made that day was one of the best (if not the best) decision I have made in my life! It’s funny to think that, a year ago, I didn’t even know what The Beatles really looked like (that was unfortunate for me 🙂 ) or that George sang (I soon discovered he wrote, as ‘Something’ is on 1) some Beatles songs, but now (a year later), I can recite their entire discography off in a matter of seconds, and I could tell you really obscure facts, such as the month and year that John got his drivers’ licence in, and how old he was (he got it in February 1965, and he was 24-turning-25)! I reckon I’ll love The Beatles for the rest of my life – and to think it’s all down to an album I bought exactly one year ago, today! So (to conclude this last paragraph), I’ve posted 1 – that life-changing album, for me – below. If you’re already a Beatlemaniac (like I assume most people reading this are), have a listen – who would pass up an opportunity to listen to a certain band that changed the course of the world?!?! But if you’re a casual fan, or haven’t discovered The Fabs all that much, yet, why don’t you listen to this album, too? Once you have, I guarantee you that your life will never be the same – all down to four talented musicians/singers/songwriters that changed so many other lives, too. I salute you, John, Paul, George and Ringo! So here is that album that changed my life, and I’d like to think that it’ll help change many others, too:

 

So now, on this sunny afternoon (to quote The Kinks) that is also an extremely valid candidate for the coldest day in our long-cold-lonely Winter (to quote The Beatles), good day sunshine! 🙂

 

 

 

Thank You Mr. Postman!

Look what came in the mail, yesterday!

Look what came in the mail, yesterday!

 

Well hello, all,

School’s out, now, and I have three glorious weeks of mid-term holidays ahead of me 🙂 ! I’m listening to my favourite Beatles album (Revolver) this session, and ‘Love You To’ is currently playing. Well, I’ll get on with what I should write about – let’s see if I can get off this particular tangent before ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ finishes!

(Above mission accomplished – be proud, John!)

A few weeks ago (whilst I was in Melbourne, in fact!) I was browsing Beatles-ville on Ebay, and I came across this little baby – a first-edition Canadian printing of The Beatles In Help!, as written by Al Hine. If you don’t already know, both A Hard Day’s Night and Help! were turned into short novels back when the films were released (oh, how I wish I could have been there!), and I imagine many a teenage girl would have purchased them. I already own an Australian printing of the A Hard Day’s Night edition – by chance, my mother purchased it, and then she discovered I was a Beatlemaniac; thus, I read it about two months until I actually saw the film – so I thought I would get the Help! version, too! My printing is Canadian, as well, which makes it extra-special here in Australia. I posted some pictures of it, below (excuse the fact that my hand is in the majority of them!):

The blurb

The blurb

The title page

The title page

The story thus far...

The story thus far…

A page of text - it's the bit where Ahme is behind Ringo's vending machine, and bites his finger (if you're interested)

A page of text – it’s the bit where Ahme is behind Ringo’s vending machine, and bites his finger (if you’re interested)

A couple of pictures from the eight-page spread of images in the middle of the book

A couple of pictures from the eight-page spread of images in the middle of the book

HELP! (another of the pictures in the middle of the book - excuse my bad photography, on this one...)

HELP! (another of the pictures in the middle of the book – excuse my bad photography, on this one…)

Well, there you go – my latest Beatles collectable in a nutshell! Hope you enjoy – might post a little excerpt from the text when I’ve finished reading it (I’m halfway through Chapter 5). I’m going to enjoy my first night of school holls, now – if you’re reading this in Adelaide, keep warm and beware of the storm that is supposedly coming! Regardless of where you’re from, though – have a good night (cue massive string orchestra) and good day sunshine! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beatle Boys Videos

Hey (Jude/Bulldog) all,

It has been really cold in Adelaide of late (as in three shirts plus thick coat and woolly cardigan, two pairs of socks and a pair of fleecy stockings under your pants, yet somehow you’re still frozen kind of cold) – if you’re reading this in the Northern (Song??) Hemisphere, I’m envious; I like Winter more than Summer, though, ’cause in Adelaide, most of Summer is spent sweltering inside your boiling-hot house whilst outside, the amount of degrees amount to some ridiculous number above 40. Anyway, our long-cold-lonely Winter temperatures reminded me of the Salisbury Plains scene in Help!, in which The Beatles all seem practically frozen (I know how you feel, John, Paul, George and Ringo)! I posted a clip from such parts of the film below (the song is ‘I Need You’, in case you didn’t know, and it’s a George Harrison composition, for all you Harrison-Heads out there).

 

Anyway, back on topic…Sorry I didn’t post the videos from The Beatle Boys gig yesterday, like I promised I would. My parents were using the laptop/phone (not that I needed the phone) for most of the day, and I was too busy listening to Beatles LPs on our record player (they were Let It Be and Beatles For Sale, in case you’re interested) to be bothered. There’s also another problem – WordPress (the site on which this blog is produced) refuses to let me upload the videos onto this post because ‘the file is too large’. You would probably think this is a good thing and be thanking God there is a limit on the size of files, if you saw how bad my filming skills were that night (I was being a Beatlemaniac, if you know what I mean…), but it is a right pain-in-the-neck for me. Anyway, I managed to find some YouTube clips of the band, which are probably of a better standard, so enjoy! All these songs were performed on the night in the second half with the same outfits/graphics/etc., except ‘Get Back’ (which was also done) obviously wasn’t performed on top of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and ‘She Loves You’ was in the first half with the imitation Beatles-in-Australia look.

 

‘Come Together’

 

‘Get Back’ (their version of the infamous rooftop concert The Beatles performed for unsuspecting – and lucky – bystanders on top of Apple Corps. HQ in January 1969)

 

‘She Loves You’

 

‘Hello, Goodbye’

 

‘Revolution’

 

‘I Feel Fine’

 

‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ (yes – I successfully touch-typed that with zilch stuff-ups, for once!)

 

So, enjoy the videos, and hope it gives you a sense of how amazing it was to see The Beatle Boys live. Also, I believe my lovely mother Facebook-ed the band with a link to this very blog, so if a Beatle Boy is reading this, I’d just like to say how much I loved your performance, and how I’d love to go see you again if you come back to SA!

Anyway – if you’re reading this in Adelaide, keep warm, and if you’re reading this in the Northern Hemisphere, enjoy the lovely warm weather that any Australian would assume you have at this time of year. Good day sunshine, for now!