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Powers Of Two
1 February 2014
St Peters Church
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15/07/14 note: meanmistermustard renamed this thread 'The Power Of Two',  the title of an article that is heavily related to this thread. When the book is released it will again be renamed and moved to the 'Beatles Books' sub-forum.  It was previously titled 'looking to hire a beatle fact checker'.


I'm finishing a book on creative partners for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt which has a great deal of material on Lennon and McCartney. I'm looking to hire someone to help me fact check the book. I've already had a professional fact-checker go through the manuscript, but I need someone with very extensive Beatle knowledge to help vet these sections, and to track down some stray facts. For anyone interested, please email me on jw@shenk.net. Thanks.

1 February 2014
Into the Sky with Diamonds
New York
Apple rooftop
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10 August 2011

Then you want to send a personal message via the Inbox here to mja6758. I can personally vouch for his efficacy.

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
1 February 2014
Ahhh Girl
sailing on a winedark open sea

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20 August 2013

Into the Sky with Diamonds said
Then you want to send a personal message via the Inbox here to mja6758. I can personally vouch for his efficacy.

I second your motion ISWD. mja6758 would be perfect.

jwshenk, I just looked you up in the WorldCat library database. AWESOME THESIS TOPIC, DUDE!!!

I am a university librarian in the U.S. I shall order your Lincoln books for my library.

I cannot get my post to not be underlined. I'll keep working on fixing it.

EDIT: I give up on getting the underlining to go away.

EDIT 2 (by Joe): Underlining removed.

EDIT 3: Thanks Joe. You didn't have that. ahdn_ringo_09

Impressive list of articles in the Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) database for you, too, jwshenk!

Gnarls the Narwhal :-)

Best of luck to you with your creative partners project.

1 February 2014
Billy Rhythm
Shea Stadium
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22 December 2013

Yeah, when it comes to "a Beatle fact-checker", one stands above the rest for his thorough and meticulous attention to detail, and that would be mja6758.  You don't need to wander too far on these forums to view countless examples of his vast knowledge on the history of The Beatles and their Solo Years...:-)

1 February 2014
Ron Nasty
"Where have you been?" "I'm not telling you..."
Apple rooftop
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17 December 2012

Aw shucks, y'all! You're making me blush!

"I only said we were bigger than Rod... and now there's all this!" Ron Nasty
2 February 2014
Sitting in an English garden
Apple rooftop
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3 May 2012

I too vote for mja, though I suppose it's already clear he's the best there is!

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

2 February 2014
Somewhere other than where you are.
Apple rooftop
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1 November 2013

mja6758 said
Aw shucks, y'all! You're making me blush!


But he's the guy you want for sure.

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27 June 2014
Ahhh Girl
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20 August 2013

parlance posted about this article in the news thread.

I'm going to add it here too since it is by the author who made the original post in this thread.

The Power of Two

We’ve long been in thrall to the myth of the lone genius. But the unforgettable case of John Lennon and Paul McCartney demonstrates the brilliance of creative pairs.

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parlance, Joe
16 August 2014
Ahhh Girl
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20 August 2013

Mr. Shenk's article is getting a lot of attention.

How to Find the Paul McCartney to Your John Lennon

Most of us have been buoyed by synergy or thrived off the energy of another person. We know that chemistry is something that exists between certain individuals—like, say, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. But we don’t know exactly what it is.

The article then goes into describing the make-up of great pairs.

The article ends with

What role, asked another audience member, do conflicts play in collaboration? Many pairs break up in the end; what does that mean for individual creativity?

“These relationships never actually do end,” said Shenk. Yes, you can look at when a pair did their last piece of work together, but once two people establish a joint identity and “become a we,” they have common creative capital and become part of each other. It’s more binding even than having a child. “I don’t think John Lennon and Paul McCartney could ever separate, and I don’t think Paul McCartney can ever separate from John Lennon’s ghost,” said Shenk.

Anyone else reaching for a Kleenex after reading that last paragraph?

EDIT: OK, I've spent enough time looking at pictures of Paul and John together. Time to dry my eyes and read more BB forum posts.

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