Remembering Linda.

April 17th, 2018

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Today is the 20th anniversary of Linda McCartneys passing. I don’t expect there will be much fanfare or acknowledging this date, so I’m going to.

You know the saying ‘Be careful meeting your heroes, they may disappoint you’?, that was SO not the case with Linda. I have always been a Wings fan first and foremost, I was too young to know of the Beatles when they were around. From the get go I was drawn to Linda, I guess I empathized with her being the underdog, and felt deeply for her because she was constantly attacked, for being a woman, being an individual who danced to the beat of her own drum.

I ‘totally’ got Linda, even from when I was about ten years old, I knew she was pushing boundaries and peoples buttons, because people wanted her to conform. I’d see her wearing high heels with socks, different coloured socks!, open toe shoes with multi coloured toe socks, moon boots with overalls and an ostrich feather boa, and always, ALWAYS with unshaven legs, and I would fist pump, ‘YES!!’.

People shit on her constantly for her musical ability, but the joke was on ‘every’ single person who put her down, because she knew she was there for fun, and she was doing her best. When reporters would try to trick her, or put her down, she would laugh and say ‘Are you kidding me?, most kids in high school can shake a tambourine better than me’. Fucking music and artist snobs are a blight on this earth, the irony being, Linda is now slowly being acknowledged as one of THE great female American photographers.

Women like Patti Smith, Courtney Love etc are held up as female rock icons, but I’m nominating Linda to be held up there with them, and definitely as probably the first female punk, and by punk, I mean in its raw, don’t give a fuck, just get up there and do it sense. In 1971 Paul pointed to middle C on the piano, the curtain rose, and Linda hit the ground running, learning on the go, putting herself on stage, in front of crowds just baying to take a swipe, barefoot, again with crazy stage clothes, all the while (with Paul) raising four kids without nannies, I’d say that’s pretty punk.

Over time something fantastic happened, Linda’s voice became part of some of the greatest harmonies recorded in 70’s rock. I can’t imagine all those albums, especially RAM and Band on the run without Linda’s vocals. Her bravery against the meat industry was heroic, those bastards don’t piss around in causing you trouble, even to the point of sabotaging her vegetarian meals at one point.

It was far easier to mock Linda than adore her, the mean spirited piece of filth who isolated her vocals, from a concert during the end refrain for Hey Jude, should be ashamed. Linda’s quote after this was used to mercilessly mock her?, ‘Sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will break your heart’.

I did meet Linda, I did get to speak to her quite a few times, it would take me writing a novel to document all those experiences. All I will say is, I’m glad I met that particular hero, because Linda was the kindest, most engaged, interested, genuine person you could hope to meet. I’m proud to have defended and loved her all these years, she earned it, and deserved it, mismatched toe socks and all. L.I.L.Y

RIP Bruce Hamlin.

March 7th, 2018

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Today The Beatle fan world lost a giant. Australian Beatle lover and scholar Bruce Hamlin
has passed away.

Bruce was a close personal friend, so it’s hard for me to write anything
at the moment.

Bruce dedicated his life to spreading the joy, and the friendships, that
The Beatles music brings, that’s an honourable life, and a life well lived.

The above image is the album Bruce compiled, curated, and wrote the liner notes for, for EMI Australia.

Leaving 48th street.

March 7th, 2018

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Tickets please.

March 7th, 2018

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Let’s hope it’s faux . . not liking my chances tho.

March 7th, 2018

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Silver rain and the rider.

March 7th, 2018

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Love this photo.

March 7th, 2018

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Ullo, ullo!!

March 7th, 2018

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Saturday 15th November 1980?

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The photo of John posted above has been around for years, but cropped, and in bad quality. Recently the uncropped version has appeared.

After studying the photo, and looking at the background, I’m pretty certain this
photo was taken outside the Plaza Hotel, on Saturday 15th November 1980, when John and Yoko visited Ringo, Barbara and Marjorie.

If you look at the pic of Ringo and Barbara, you can see marbled columns behind them. In the pic of John and Yoko, you can also see marbled columns. Most tellingly, you can see luggage behind John, as well as what looks like porters trolleys.

Please feel free to open this up to discussion. John also wore these clothes (or similar) for the Jack Mitchell photo shoot earlier that month, and also for the filming in the park, and Sperone gallery. If this is in fact a photo of John and Yoko leaving the Plaza, it fills a BIG gap.

For years it’s perplexed myself and others how John and Yoko could enter and Leave the Plaza hotel, without being photographed.

I’m pretty certain the above shows they were photographed that day.

New York?

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India 1969.

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Fashion.

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Summer 1980.

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George and Yog.

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Yoga.

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On tour.

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Put your sunglasses on if you’re looking at Johns legs.

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Prrt!!

March 1st, 2018

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Sooooo, what have I missed?

Hope everyone has been well.

Miss Tammy was going to apologise for her absence, but I shan’t. Any periods of inactivity
are born of necessity because of, and for, health reasons.

Thanks for the messages, it’s very kind of you all.

I can’t promise I’ll be back up to speed posting as I once used to do, lets see how I go.

It’s been an interesting break, I cracked a 1980 photo mystery (pic
coming soon) and somehow in that time, I managed to communicate with Paul three times (I’ll
explain later).

Tammy: Duchess of Oven.

Binny.

March 1st, 2018

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I’m so tired.

March 1st, 2018

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Manila.

March 1st, 2018

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Jet.

March 1st, 2018

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Colour.

March 1st, 2018

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San Remo.

March 1st, 2018

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Little known fact: Miss Tammy owns a tuft of fur from the collar of the jacket John is wearing in this pic.

March 1st, 2018

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Paul and Jackie Lomax.

March 1st, 2018

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Blue shirt.

March 1st, 2018

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Penny Lane.

March 1st, 2018

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Capped.

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Drag.

March 1st, 2018

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1969.

March 1st, 2018

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On the street.

March 1st, 2018

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Turtle neck.

March 1st, 2018

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John and Yoko.

March 1st, 2018

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Number 2.

March 1st, 2018

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Strawberry fields.

March 1st, 2018

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Shades.

March 1st, 2018

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Red swimmers.

March 1st, 2018

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All you horse tie wearers.

March 1st, 2018

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Grey streak.

March 1st, 2018

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