Magical Mystery John
Magical Mystery John
Ringo in Miami Beach, February 15 1964 at the Deauville Hotel, rehearsing for the band’s second appearance on Ed Sullivan, via beatlelinks
Penny Lane (1967)
There beneath the blue suburban skies
Paul in some really cute photos, 8 December 1965 Gaumont Theatre Sheffield Photo Credit: Leslie Bryce, Beatles Book Monthly
From November 4 until November 25, 1968 John and Yoko occupied Room Number 1, Second West Ward Queen Charlotte’s Maternity Hospital, London, When John’s bed was needed, he moved to an inflatable mattress on the floor. Going through a miscarriage, vilified by large sections of the press and public, there is a real sense of isolation in these photographs. Note the pictures on the wall, including the other Beatles’ White Album portraits, and John’s Christmas card painting. No longer welcome at Montagu Square, within a week they’d be back at Kenwood for the last time.
Life With The Lions 2: Queen Charlotte’s Maternity Hospital, London, November 1968.
Yoko holding green apples in the third one, and John’s socks on the bed in the last one break my heart.
Once you peel away the hype, the deification, the demonization, and all the noise, you find two human people fumbling their way through pain toward love.
They had a lot of bad breaks and took plenty of wrong turns, and lord knows how often they made things harder for themselves, but they kept pushing anyway. I’m old enough to have fucked up enough to know how rare and precious this is. I hope you get to be my age having fucked up less, but I hope you find a love that fights this hard.
The actual look on my face looking at this actual photo
Paul and Mary by Linda, 1969, my edit of original via maccaboards
John Lennon at the Record Plant, October 1972, by Bob Gruen via thegearpage.
(Somewhat unusually, with a 1960 Cherry Sunburst Les Paul Standard. His much more common 1972 axe was a 1956 Tobacco Les Paul Jr. More such nerdery, including a scan of the receipt for the Cherry Sunburst, here.)