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1 May 2013
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Linde said
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That's true, you could actually see it that way.

And LOL @AppleScruffJunior in what kind of town do you live? I thought I lived in a shithole (which is actually true. It's very small and the library is small too compared to libraries in other cities)

 

 

Only saw your comment now! I live in a small town in west Ireland next to a major prison. Ireland had all this money from 2002-2008 and all they got in the library was new computers and now we've got no money so we can't order new books :(

Oh and by John being the oldest Beatle it actually mentioned his birth date next to the answers so I don't think it means the whole "who has been in The Beatles the longest" and if it was wouldn't John, George and Paul be tied seeing as all three of them were there when "The Beatles" name was created but if you were to go deeper into that you could say that John wasn't there for the recordings for Anthology (Free As A Bird/Real Love etc. so George and Paul are the oldest Beatles BUT George wasn't there for the Let It Be...Naked sessions so technically Paul is the oldest Beatle a-hard-days-night-john-1

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2 May 2013
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I just wanted to say I never really thought of it that way, but no, technically you're wrong, since they were officially disbanded in the 70s, so it would've been John after all.

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Joe said
I recently read John Lennon's Tooth: How I Met The Beatles, Thanks To Dorothy. It was 77p on Kindle (just over a US dollar on amazon.com). I didn't know anything about it beyond the description, wasn't sure if it was a spoof or a joke or something. But it doesn't seem to be.

The author (Mr Bonzai is a pen name of David Patrick Goggin) visited Kenwood when he was a student visiting the UK from America. Dorothy Jarlett, his housekeeper, let him in and he met Lennon. But get this: he got taken by limo to London where John and George were appearing on the David Frost chat show; he then went to Abbey Road to sit in on a recording session for I Am The Walrus. He got invited back in 1968 and saw Lennon make Revolution 9. And he interviewed Dot about her memories of working for the Lennons - AFAIK she hasn't gone on record much elsewhere.

It's a really interesting book, and I think it's genuine (he reproduces autographs of the band from the Abbey Road session, and photos from that time). Worth the money for Dot's recollections alone. It came out late last year but I've never heard it being discussed - has anyone here read it?

I had not heard of it until now. I bought a Kindle for my wife last Christmas. Looks like I'll need to borrow it for a while - thanks for the recommendation.

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5 May 2013
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I'd heard of the book but always assumed it was a gag and nothing serious. Interesting to hear that that's not the case, thanks!

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Sounds like quite an interesting book.

I'm currently ''reading'' John by Cynthia. Not actually reading it. I'm listening to the audio book on Youtube which she reads herself. I quite enjoy it. Her voice is soft and it's quite interesting to hear all these things she's telling in her book. It's too early to really say something about it though.

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Let me know what you think...I read it a few months ago and enjoyed it. The final paragraph made me very sad (I won't give away what it said, but it's stuck with me long after finishing the book)

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I want to buy that book ^^ for the summer so I can read it during my holidays along with a couple of other books on John (I'm doing my final history report on John's murder) so it's basically an excuse to get loads of books on John :) Can anybody recommend any good books on John, that are still in-print and if you know one that focuses on his murder then even better. I'm also planning to get Julia Baird's book!
And maybe another George book a-hard-days-night-george-10

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There is a book that somebody mentioned the other day (mmm?) which discusses each theory surrounding John's death. My parents bought it a few years ago and we don't have it any longer, I dunno if it's still in print. That would be quite good if that's what you're doing your essay on. Maybe try ebay?

Have you read J.L. letters? I know it's not a biography as such but some of the letters reveal quite a bit about where his mind was at different times in his life? Could be useful.

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17 May 2013
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@AppleScrufJunior and DrBeatle I'm almost at the end of the audiobook, completely forgot about it lol. I really like it, though all this ''I loved him and I knew he loved me'' crap is getting a bit old. I'm at 1976 right now and while I gained a bit of sympathy for Yoko (or Hokie, as Julian used to call her) after the Jonathan Ross interview, I've now nearly lost all of it.

She had a few dates wrong though. She could've easily looked them up on the internet.

I'm halfway through part 35 now and it has 39 parts, so I'll continue listening now and then post my thoughts on the ending, which I'm getting quite curious of after your reactions.

17 May 2013
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I think I'll have Cynthia as my secondary source (I have to have 2 in my history project) maybe Julia for the other secondary source and the killer (obviously) for primary. I've always liked Cynthia she seems really sweet in all the interviews I've seen of her and read and the way Julian talks about her. From what I can remember of having read Pattie's book she never really seemed to be the whole "even through my struggling marriage with Eric, I knew George still loved me" which is what I like about Pattie she just seemed to be "c'est la vie" and moved on with life which I admire a-hard-days-night-john-1

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I've finished the book. The ending was indeed kind of sad. I really liked the book. Can't wait to start on a new book about the Beatles!

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^^ I cried. A lot. Glad you enjoyed it :D

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Yeah it made me very sad too. But maybe she would've been right by saying no.

By the way, is Pattie's book any good? I've heard many different opinions on it.

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Linde said

Yeah it made me very sad too. But maybe she would've been right by saying no.

By the way, is Pattie's book any good? I've heard many different opinions on it.

It was OK, nothing great but I liked her section on her marriage to Eric more then George's. I wished she'd told me one-off anecdotes or stories about her marriages to either of them (but particularly George's of course). She told it as it is but we'd already heard all of the little bits she mentions George cheating on her with Maureen, Eric's ex etc. Nothing new really but it's an OK book, nothing great but nothing awful!

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^^ As Katie said, she doesn't reveal anything new about George or her marriage to him. I enjoyed it though. I didn't know that much about her before I read it and now I do so it's good enough for that reason alone, in my opinion. Depends if you're interested in her life before she met George, as she speaks a fair bit about her childhood and young adulthood in London in the middle of the Swinging Sixties.

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21 May 2013
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Interesting...I'd been thinking of picking up Pattie's book, at least on my iPad...perhaps I will now!

Linde, glad you liked Cynthia's book. I agree with you, it seemed like she NEVER got over John, even to the very end, but it was a bit sad how much it held her back in the 70s. Still, I supposed it's understandable. Although when you read that final paragraph, it's really quite sad and puts the rest of the entire book in stark relief.

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Damn you guys I can't get this book until next month and I really want to know what the final paragraph says now :/

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21 May 2013
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I can type it out for you if you want to read it and don't mind not being surprised (mildly) when you read it...up to you. It's nothing shocking or revealing, it's just really sad.

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Ah no thanks but cheers for the offer. It'll probably have more of an impact on me once I've read the entire book :)

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Oh the last paragraph is not THAT special and surprising really. 

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