Category: the white album


Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With the Lions

John Lennon & Yoko Ono, 1969

The photo used for the album cover is by Susan Wood, taken in Room No. 1, Second West Ward, Queen Charlotte Hospital, Hammersmith during Yoko’s troubled pregnancy in November 1968, which ended in a miscarriage on November 21.

John had begun his stay with Yoko in a bed next to hers, shown below. When the hospital needed the bed for another patient, John brought in a sleeping bag and stayed on the floor.  The photos here are taken from the CD release, with additional context from Graham Calkin, here. (Tons of great stuff on his site – do click around when you have a chance!)

In the photo below, as well as John’s dirty stockinged feet on the bed, note the photos of the other three Beatles above his head! Those look like Ethan Russell’s portraits included with The White Album, which was in the mixing stages while John was making Unfinished Music, and released during Yoko’s time in the hospital.

There’s so much hype around The Beatles and so much noise around John & Yoko that it’s easy to forget that they were also humans with lives who were just trying to get through the day. These are some of my favorite photos of them.


I don’t think I’ll ever not reblog this bc it’s hilarious, weird, and cute as hell lol


Paul adding handclaps to The White Album  October 4, 1968

The session began on the 4th, but this was probably after midnight as the session continued through to 4:30am on the 5th, a stretch during which he worked on “Martha My Dear”. More here.


George Harrison’s notes for “Long, Long, Long” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and recording session photos, from the new White Album remaster edition.


Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison recording “Long,Long,Long.”

October 7, 1968 by Linda McCartney.


Help! (1965) dir.

Richard Lester

A conversation they’d revisit in 1968….

John Lennon, 1968, by Ethan Russell, via forestdweller

George Harrison and Paul McCartney, at work on The Beatles, aka The White Album, October 8 1968, by Linda Eastman (McCartney). That day, the boys worked on “Long Long Long”, “I’m So Tired”, and “The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill”.

Putting the “Tea” in “Beatles”…or something. A civilized session for The White Album, June 4 1968, adding overdubs to “Revolution 1″