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Which Beatle would you be friends with?
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13 February 2014
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"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

27 February 2014
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Well... John? John was like the girl with the curl on her forehead; when he was good he was very good but when he was bad he was horrid. The trouble is you would never have known which John you were going to get. I'm sure the good times would have been amazing, I'm just not sure I would have hung around for the inevitable sardonic tongue lashings.

It's clear from Mark Lewisohns new book that Paul, while attracting the most attention, was also the Beatle who was least popular among those who knew them. I just think there's a self serving part of him that I wouldn't have found that attractive as a friend.

Ringo? Dunno, nice guy with a little bit of a mean streak to him? I'm sure if you became friends with him you would be FRIENDS. I'd also imagine there'd be very few who'd get to that hallowed position.

That leaves George. Sardonic wit with a penchant for keeping it real. Watch the interviews. There are so many examples of George just sitting there saying nothing and then interjecting with the most well timed, funniest quips of the session. He pulled the Beatles back from their worst excesses. Kept there eyes on the things that mattered. Despite a lack of a more natural talent than the boys he worked and worked at his abilities. He was spiritual and worked hard at seeing a broader world beyond his upbringing. Without a doubt it'd be George I'd have been friends with. I just wouldn't have let any daughter of mine anywhere near him! :)

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patjackman said
Well... John? John was like the girl with the curl on her forehead; when he was good he was very good but when he was bad he was horrid. The trouble is you would never have known which John you were going to get. I'm sure the good times would have been amazing, I'm just not sure I would have hung around for the inevitable sardonic tongue lashings.

It's clear from Mark Lewisohns new book that Paul, while attracting the most attention, was also the Beatle who was least popular among those who knew them. I just think there's a self serving part of him that I wouldn't have found that attractive as a friend.

Ringo? Dunno, nice guy with a little bit of a mean streak to him? I'm sure if you became friends with him you would be FRIENDS. I'd also imagine there'd be very few who'd get to that hallowed position.

That leaves George. Sardonic wit with a penchant for keeping it real. Watch the interviews. There are so many examples of George just sitting there saying nothing and then interjecting with the most well timed, funniest quips of the session. He pulled the Beatles back from their worst excesses. Kept there eyes on the things that mattered. Despite a lack of a more natural talent than the boys he worked and worked at his abilities. He was spiritual and worked hard at seeing a broader world beyond his upbringing. Without a doubt it'd be George I'd have been friends with. I just wouldn't have let any daughter of mine anywhere near him! :)

I couldn't have said it better myself.  I love George's wit, the way he just pops out of nowhere with it.  And his spirituality, it aligns closely with mine.  But I do think he had a good deal of talent with the guitar - to wit, John and Paul taking him in at what, 15 when they were 17?  Or was it 14 and 16?  Either way, big age difference for teenagers. 

I disagree with you a bit about Ringo though.  He might be a bit tough to get through to, but I'm not sure about a mean streak - witness all the stuff he's done for kids.  At this point, he and Paul are fighting off "future good friends" (i.e, people who want something) as fast as they can knock on the door a-hard-days-night-george-10 

Hell, I'd ring Paul's doorbell if I knew where it was, what could happen? (ok, the police could haul me away, but as i'd be bearing no weapons, and Paul surely wouldn't call the cops on one meek fan who knocks on the door) - the doorman would probably just turn me away.  So, off to Ringo's door!

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