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1 February 2014
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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.

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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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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?

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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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I came across this earlier article (Slate, 2010) by Mr. Shenk about creative pairs and thought it would be a nice addition to this thread.

Two of Us

The link goes to part 3 of the article which is about Paul and John.

Here's the part of the article that goes along with what I was searching for

But the opposite of intimacy isn't conflict. It's indifference. The relationship between Paul and John had always been a Tug Of War—and that hardly stopped when they ceased to collaborate directly. Asked what he thought Paul would make of his first solo album, Lennon said, "I think it'll probably scare him into doing something decent, and then he'll scare me into doing something decent, like that."

If you're tracking me, you'll find my next post in the solo songs about Beatlemania.

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