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  1. Ronnie says:

    When did he lose all that weight, exactly? There’s a gap in the photo evidence or something, because the ’66 photos all look like this right up until the How I Won the War pictures, in which he looks a lot thinner, and then the Strawberry Fields Forever sessions ones where he’s entering the studio, where he looks like the “skinny John” everyone knows. I guess I’d need to see more pictures from the last tour, but this is why mid-’66 and, say, December ’66 seem like two different epochs to me. Or maybe the spectacles and facial hair, and different hairstyle, make his weight loss seem more dramatic than it was. Anyway, it would make a good photo essay, Tracing John’s 1966 Weight Loss.

  2. Ken Wood says:

    I think he looked rather thin on the 66 US tour already – the “fat” period is associated with the Help-era, so it must`ve happened between those two points.

  3. Ishie says:

    From the photos and timeframes that I’ve seen, it appears that it started right before making “How I Won the War” in the autumn of 1966.

  4. He’s not fat… He’s fluffy!

  5. Ronnie says:

    How did he lose that weight? It’s hard to imagine The Laziest Man In England exercising, or even following any kind of rules-based diet. None of the biographies I’ve read go into any detail about it. Did he just stop eating? Or was the switch from drinking to weed and then psychedelics mainly responsible?

  6. Cara says:

    By the time of that famous interview, he had already begun slimming down. Pete Shotton claims that John started losing weight once acid was introduced in late ’65. By early ’66 he “foreswore alchohol and meat, and his strict vegetarian diet rapidly cut his belly down to size,” Pete writes.

  7. Ronnie says:

    That answers my question, Cara. Thanks!

  8. JD says:

    It’s definitely no coincidence that once John started using Acid on a regular basis (from early 66) his weight loss began to be more noticeable. It’s been noted before that John would go on acid trips that could last a couple of days at a time which would suppress his natural appetite, so by the Autumn of ’66 the weight loss was more evident. Actually if you compare John at Shea Stadium in August ’65 and the Budokan in July ’66 there is a definite reduction in his weight which then became more obvious once the Pepper sessions started. His most gaunt look would then become the the post heroin period of mid to late ’69.

  9. stephanie says:

    lets make a pact for 2011: no more posts about John’s “weight”.

    Isnt it all a bit pointless 30 years after we lost him.

    Instead lets try and focus on his wonderful legacy and music

  10. Ronnie says:

    Let’s not make that pact. In fact, let’s make the opposite pact: Anything and everything about any of the Beatles is fair game for discussion.

    Not sure what the quotation marks are supposed to indicate, as if the very fact that he weighed something is a controversial issue.

  11. Not Who I Think I Am says:

    happy happy joy joy! they want to duscuss john’s weight. happy happy joy joy!

  12. Guido says:

    Discussing John’s weight is OK, the hand-wringing, forehead slapping & head-hanging drama of “he’s too skinny” just got a bit tired.

  13. Ronnie says:

    Forehead slapping?

  14. true bethman says:

    i never thought john really looked fat at all. he was always beatley and adorable

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