Saturday, June 11, 2011

Brian Epstein on Meeting the Beatles

"I saw the Beatles at a midday session, and I liked them enormously. I immediately liked the sound that I heard. I decided that I should at least talk to them and find out, for my own satisfaction, what it was that made them tick. So I pushed my way through to the front and got within speaking distance, allowing for all the noise that was going on. I heard their sound before I met them. I actually think that's important, because I think it should always be remembered that, in fact, people hear their sound and like this sound before they meet them. They are important, but I immediately liked what I heard, and I thought that it was something that an awful lot of people would like. They were fresh, honest and had, what I thought, a sort of presence and star quality, whatever that is."

Friday, June 10, 2011

Lennon Naked

Lennon Naked was a 2010 TV biopic focusing on the life of John Lennon between 1967 and 1971. It was first broadcast on 24 June 2010 on BBC Four.

The 90-minute film depicts Lennon's life around the time of meeting Yoko Ono, through The Beatles' breakup and his subsequent emigration to New York.


* Christopher Eccleston – John Lennon
* Naoko Mori – Yoko Ono
* Adrian Bower – Pete Shotton
* Claudie Blakley – Cynthia Lennon
* Rory Kinnear – Brian Epstein
* Jack Morgan – George Harrison
* Andrew Scott – Paul McCartney


Thursday, June 09, 2011

John Lennon on the Beatles Playing in Hamburg, Germany

"We had to play all the tunes for hours and hours on end. That's why every song lasted twenty minutes and had twenty solos in it. The Germans like heavy rock, you know, so we had to really keep rocking all the time, and that's how we got stomping. It was all four in the bar, because the drummer, Pete Best, could only do four int he bar on his bass drum. So, everything we did was just boom, boom, boom, boom, like that."

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Paul McCartney on the Death of John Lennon's Mother

"John was devastated. He loved his mum more than anything, but at that age, you're not allowed to be devastated, particularly not teenage boys. You just shrug it off. I know he had private tears. It's not that either of us were remotely hard-hearted about it, it shattered us, but we knew that you had to get on with your life. We were like wounded animals and, just by looking at each other, we knew the pain that we were feeling, but we weren't going to break down and cry because you just didn't do that kind of thing."

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

John Lennon on George Harrison and Cynthia Powell

"When George was a kid, he used to follow me and my first girlfriend Cynthia. We would come out of the art school together and he'd be hovering around . . . Cyn and I would be going to a coffee shop or a movie and George would follow us down the street two hundred yards behind. Cyn would say, 'Who is that guy? What does he want?' And I'd say, 'He just wants to hang out. Should we take him with us?' She'd say, 'Oh, okay, let's take him to the bloody movies.' So we'd allow him to come to the movies with us. That's the sort of relationship it was."