Saturday, February 25, 2012

John Lennon: Frost on Saturday (1968)

August 24, 1968

Friday, February 24, 2012

George Harrison on "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" (1973)

"I once read in the newspaper what Roger McGuinn, of the Byrds, had said. He was about the only one who spotted it, that 'My Sweet Lord' was a prayer, and that's all it was. I had a lot of letters from people saying, 'Oh, you're lost. Why don't you come to church.' They missed the point. With 'Give Me Love,' again it was a personal thing for me and if anybody else got off on it, well, there it was. But it was awareness of what we need, just give me love, thank you. So, at that period, I was really involved and doing a lot of chanting on these little wooden beads during the whole session. It was just a personal thing. Sometimes you open your mouth and you don't know what you are going to say, and whatever comes out is the starting point. If that happens and you are lucky, it can usually be turned into a song. This song is a prayer and personal statement between me, the Lord and whoever likes it."

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

John Lennon on Living in America and Britain (1974)

"I don't necessarily want to stay here all the time. I would like to be free to travel anywhere. I like to think of the world as a kind of global village. And the one thing my money gave me was freedom to travel about that village. But the thing is that, just as Paris is the place every artist wanted to be in the last century, America is the centre of the rock world today. This is where it all began. This is the place where rock started and there is still so much energy here. I don't want to become an American citizen or anything. I just want to be allowed in and out like most other British people. Of course there are times when I miss Britain badly and I feel like climbing on a plane and going home. It's the little things you miss, like decent sausages, or a pub I know in London, or seeing the autumn in beautiful places, like Surrey or Wales. I still consider myself as an Englishman and I'll stay that way until I die."