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Nice pic of John with Yoko & Sean. He looks very happy.
Love the tag!
I know he’s not popular but according to Robert Rosen (who read the Lennon diaries)Rosen was surprised how much John thought about Paul and how jealous John was of Paul’s success.
I’m not surprised that John thought a lot about Paul. I’m sure the reverse was true as well. I’m sure they felt love/hate/respect/disdain and all sorts of aother emotions for each other, and that those emotions changed regularly. These two were all but married to each other in many, many ways.
My question: When are we going to get a biography that explores their fascinating relationship? A book that doesn’t favor one or the other?
I really wish a respected biographer like Peter Guralnick (whose two-part Elvis bio is the gold standard of music bios) would take on the Lennon/McCartney partnership. The book needs to be written by someone like him — and especially by a writer who is neither a “John fan” or a “Paul fan” but who appreciates the genius of both.
Why is that too much to ask? Instead we get books that are hatchet jobs, or books that sleight one man (usually Paul) at the expense of the other (usually John)?
Sorry for the rant but I think there is a terrific book to be written about John and Paul’s chemistry. And it hasn’t been written yet.
Louise, I agree. I think there is a book to be written about the relationship between John & Paul.
To me, the genius of Lennon & McCartney was based not only on their individual talents but on how they acted & reacted to one another, to outside influences, to life experiences and the perception of the changing world they lived in. The bond they shared did last a lifetime regardless of where their lives led them. They had wives and children they loved yet the connection they had as teenagers whether it be from their love of music or shared grief at the loss of their mothers forged a bond that solely belonged to them.
Hopefully, someone will come forward and write about it. That would be a treat!
It’s a classic love story, and i don’t even (altogether) mean in a ‘gay’ way, i just mean for so much hurt to come later, there had to be an equal and opposite measure of love there. The story Paul didn’t get too hurt by what John said about him i don’t believe, the same for all of John’s oh so endearing, misplaced, bravado. He had to come out swinging and hissing at Paul, but he couldn’t help but secretly look what the old ‘lover’ was up to. I have sound files of John praising Band on the run, praising Ram and in particular ‘Monkberry moon delight’, the now almost famous bit of footage from Oct 80 where John praises Paul and ‘Coming up’, and now this new list where John requested a copy of Back to the egg. John and Paul both crack me up with their evolving Northern pride and macho bravado. The great tragedy is they never got a chance to play this out, and grow up, and older together.
Very well said Tammy!
As the London Times columnist Caitlan Moran put it so well in one of her columns a year or so ago: “John and Paul are essentially a legendary world-changing love affair that ends in heartbreak — like Burton and Taylor, but with no touching. They are the thing the other was looking for. A major part of their lives was settled the day they met at Woolton fair — they were completed, reborn and undone with each other.”
That has the makings of a GREAT book, given the right author.
They just loved each other and were friends. That’s good enough for me!
Tammy, I agree I think if John would have lived, Paul and John would have been closer than they were when they were in the band. They would have matured together. They would have had so much to reminisce about. If only they could have gotten the chance. They may have written a few songs together just for old time sake.
It would be nice if someone wrote fanfiction of how it would have been if John had not been murdered.
Louise, you may have read this already; it isn’t a book, but I found it so insightful. http://www.slate.com/articles/life/creative_pairs/features/2010/two_of_us/inside_the_lennonmccartney_connection_part_1.html
i thought back to the egg was underrated.
the album cover though had to be one of the worst solo beatle album covers.
I liked Fred Seaman’s book, “The Last Days of John Lennon”. Why are so many against it?
It’s probably unpopular to say this here, but Yoko wouldn’t have allowed John and Paul to “grow old together”, and John wouldn’t allow it because he would be afraid of alienating Yoko.
Paul was, and still is, a threat to Yoko, where John is concerned.
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