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here i am!!! what a lovely way to start my day… thank you!
Swoon. They never collectively looked better than this.
Yummy. That is all.
actually, that’s not all. I have a question for Lizzie. Which version of Across The Universe did you sing on?
George … beautiful!
hi julia. it’s the version that starts with the birds. it was first on a charity album, then on the rarities lp, then on past masters II, where it can be found to this day. there’s a video on youtube where you can hear us loud and clear. the photo was from october 2010 when the bbc took me to london to do a segment for “the one show”:
@Louise – what about 1966? A most Beatlific year!
Thanks Lizzie! I’ll check it out.
Love the shots by the water! That “Help” era is amazing.
I didn’t really like Ringo’s Prince Valiant haircut in 66. But yes, that was a very good year, too.
Lizzie, I just took a look at the videos on ‘You Tube’ of you & Gayleen being interviewed in 2010 regarding the ‘Across the Universe’ recording session. It was terrific. The most wonderful thing to see was the light & excitement in your eyes when you recall your time in the studio. Lizzie, I can only imagine how your heart msut have been beating with John standing by your side telling you to get closer to the microphone.
Your stories are essential pieces of Beatle history … sharing them with all of us is great fun!
AH!!! My favorite.
now tell me, where on earth can you find a band with such cute guys like our boys? the one thing that amazed me about the bahamas is that i recently read an interview where ringo said it was COLD when they were filming! and here i am thinking they were having a blast in the sun!
thank you, ishie! indeed, my heart was beating VERY loud while singing with john. and i kept repeating in my head “i love you, i love you, i love you” just in case he could pick it up! i love sharing my stories with you all… i know most of the girls are very private and will take their stories and photos to their grave, which i think is a shame. my book is being reviewed professionally as we speak. i have decided to translate it and have both versions out at the same time. i am still quite paranoid about what people will think when they read my diaries… i have nightmares with the headlines “she said john wasn’t wearing any underwear”…
Ah, Lizzie, that’s one of the best Thanksgiving presents ever — hearing that your book will be available in English too! (Not that I wouldn’t have bought it in Portuguese if that were my only option …)
hi aeolian, originally, it was just going to be a photo book with captions. then, re-reading my diaries, i thought they were so much fun i decided i should share them. i almost finished doing the book in english when i decided i would do it in portuguese first and started all over. and now the portuguese version is being corrected though i still have some parts to review this week and send him (like the introduction and other parts that are not the diaries). as you can see, i am a very sane person. 1/3 of the book has been put together (over a year ago) with the photos, autographs, etc. and now we will finish the rest and just change the text to the corrected one. it’s kind of like a scrapbook, where you read the diary and the photos are around the text, then suddenly there’s a double page with just photos. i HOPE you all will like it! and WHY am i writing all this right here? i don’t know… maybe i should call it a day and go to sleep!
Lizzie, no need for the paranoia. I think if every female fan had kept a diary, their thoughts & dreams would be quite similar.
You & Gayleen lived what many of us have only imagined. You were there and waited for as much as a glimpse, smile or hello from them and the loveliest thing is that they knew & appreciated you were there. You were a part of their world.
I can’t wait for your book … it’s going to be a treasure!
I can’t wait either, Lizzie.
OMG John!!! My heart…
“i have nightmares with the headlines “she said john wasn’t wearing any underwear”…”
There will be such headlines. That’s what the press does and authors can’t control how their books will be used and interpreted. Reporters and bloggers will look through the book for any critical/controversial details (especially any evidence of conflicts between the four or any evidence of their sex lives) and will run stories with those salacious details, which will then be picked up by countless Web sites and blogs. That’s why I respect people who guard the privacy of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Their privacy has been violated and their personal lives dissected enough.
I cannot wait to read it Lizzie! I’m so excited it will be in english right away.
lee, i was a very naive 15 year-old in 1967, who never knew much (better, nothing at all) about the beatles’ conflicts or sex lives. i stood OUTSIDE waiting for them, and was never a part of their inner circle. my book is not about the lives of the beatles or their careers, it’s my teenage diaries while i lived in london and tried to see them as much as possible. and, as a teenager in love with her idol (john), i made notes like the one above. i had no idea what drugs were, and when they acted strange i thought they were drunk. i don’t know if you post here a lot, but there’s a bunch of us that has become quite friendly and we joke around a lot. i feel very much “at home” here because i have found people from around the world who love the beatles like i do and have a sense of humor similar to mine.
Lizzie, I wasn’t suggesting your book would violate their privacy. At least I hope it won’t. What I meant (and perhaps didn’t state very clearly) is that I appreciate those people around the Beatles who did keep silent (Neil, George Martin, Jane Asher, and the many many lovers) rather than feeding the beast that is the Beatles’ insatiable fan base. For example, in Cynthia Lennon’s book, she wrote about an incident in which she said John hit her. From what I recall of the book, she said he only hit her that once. But as a result of her writing that, I’ve seen John called a wife beater countless times — as if he was regularly smacking her around. I don’t excuse even the one incident but it surely did get blown out of proportion, just like everything about them gets blown out of proportion.
I do think that every author must realize that he/she has no control over how a book is used or interpreted, especially on the Web. Once the book is out of your hands, it’s gone from your control. Just speaking from experience.
Don’t worry. 99.9% of us fully understand.
You writing about your own experiences with The Beatles will only add positives to our “Beatles time lines” and help us fill in gaps and holes.
That anyone would misinterpret your writings as anything but your love for them and you wanting to share your experiences with us, your “blog friends” is unfortunate. Just remember, the book will light up our days. It will be as close to meeting the lads ourselves as we can get.
Thanks for being willing to share these personal thoughts and photographs. Like I have already stated numerous times. I can’t wait!
“i have nightmares with the headlines “she said john wasn’t wearing any underwear”. Lizzie, one persons nightmare, is another persons sweet dream
Lizzie, are you from Brazil??
Im sure you are hahah can you pass me your email or messenger please??
you can find me on facebook, vitor, and yes, i am from brazil.
my dear miss tammy, you always make me smile!
Can you tell your name so I can find you on facebook ??? Thanks!
Well Lizzie, I was 14 in ’67 and already a Beatles fan since Ed Sullivan. So very near your age and had I had the chance to be in England at that time, I’m sure we would have met. Waiting around for the Fabs would certainly have been my priority as well.
All I can say is that I look forward to your book. Reading about the scene from just outside the front door seems to me a unique perspective that not a lot of people have covered in the long line of Beatle books.
I don’t see your forthcoming book as any intrusion of privacy, but rather a front row fan’s perspective of a wonderful and exciting time. I will be among the first to buy and read your book when it comes out. Thanks for being around on this blog and for sharing your memories.
hi pete, thanks for your post. that is exactly what occurred to me when i changed the idea of a photo book with captions to sharing my diaries – showing a different perspective. there were so many fans there and no one has written about it yet. we’re all either 60 or very near getting there – it’s now or never! the biggest compliment i had about my book was by a fairly new british friend who said he felt like he was there with me as he read the small portion i sent him. that is exactly what i want, to take you all there with me. the only fan book from those times is carol bedford’s, which unfortunately wasn’t very accurate. it’s a pleasure being a part of this blog’s “family”!
Hi Lizzie and and all,
I’m certain your book will reflect the warm, affectionate spirit in which it was written back then — and now. I’m looking forward to it.
As for Carol Bedford’s book, I sold it when Paul came to town and I was figuring out ways to raise extra cash for tickets. Somehow, there was a certain ironic justice in the act. Have never regretted it.
thank you alpha! i’m doing this book “with love, from me to you”. of course i am also a complicated person who is taking a lifetime to decide the book is ready – which is costing my graphic designer some sleepless nights! she can’t wait to finish the book and here i am sitting on the text, always correcting something else… i’m sorry i’m leaving you all waiting!
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