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Help with Beatles quiz to promote my book?
19 May 2014
7.29am
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I have a book called a Song From Dead Lips coming out in paperback in the UK on Thursday. It is set in the autumn of 1968 and there is a backdrop to it that's Beatles-related. (Don't get me wrong – this is NOT a thriller about The Beatles!). But it's set around NW8 and the culture clash that was going on between the people who "got" pop music – and the generation who didn't. There are some glimpses of The Beatles in the book because they cast such a huge shadow over London at the time.

I want to create a Facebook Beatles quiz to promote the book and I've a few questions myself but I thought I should enlist the help of experts here. I want really intriguing questions that Can people here offer a question for my quiz? I want the questions to be only about 1968 – White Album era.

I'll send a copy of the book to anyone who dreams up a question I end up using – but I have to add that this is probably UK/Europe only. Last time I tried to send a book to the States it cost a fortune. But then again, if it's a brilliant question…

Let me know if this makes sense.

Find out more here.

19 May 2014
8.56am
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@wshaw Makes perfect sense, and I thank you for putting this in the right place.

Were I to suggest a question about The Beatles in 1968, I think it would have to be:

What Lennon song, written in India, demoed for the White Album, would be rewritten as Jealous Guy?

To which the answer would be Child Of Nature:

Of course, it could always be asked the other way around -
The unreleased composition Child Of Nature became the basis of which solo Lennon classic?

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19 May 2014
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Name the person who was the inspiration for the song Sexy Sadie and the title of another song on The Beatles (aka The White Album) that is based in part on one of their sayings?

 

Answer. The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
19 May 2014
11.23am
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Excellent questions, thanks. The first I wouldn't have guessed; the second I could have got.

19 May 2014
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Which of the four new Beatles songs for Yellow Submarine were recorded in 1968?

 

Hey Bulldog

 

Edit: woops I need to read before I post

Never say never, cause it's never 'never'

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19 May 2014
12.25pm
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@Wannadog40 You did see the bit where he said "I want the questions to be only about 1968"?

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19 May 2014
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I suppose he was still third oldest in 1968 ;-)

But yes, @Ron Nasty… 1968 is the year. Ta. (Rutle reference, I take it.)

19 May 2014
1.03pm
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@Wannadog40 Just so others know that I wasn't being silly in my response to your "now" 1968 question, and I can see why Joe looked at stopping us editing after a response had been made, since you replacing your whole post makes my response – and me – look stupid, post 5 originally read:

who was the third oldest Beatle?

Paul

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19 May 2014
1.04pm
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Ron Nasty said
Annadog40 Just so others know that I wasn't being silly in my response to your "now" 1968 question, and I can see why Joe looked at stopping us editing after a response had been made, since you replacing your whole post makes my response – and me – look stupid, post 5 originally read:

who was the third youngest Beatle?

Paul

sorry bout that

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19 May 2014
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Which Beatle's solo album was recorded in India in 1968?

George's 'Wonderwall Music'

And subsequently: Which Beatles' song's backing track was recorded in India?

The Inner Light

 

Which Beatle visited The Cavern again in October 1968?

It was Paul with his then-new girlfriend Linda Eastman. He played drums for a bit.

What was the name of the band that he played with?

The Curiosity Shop, a local band

 

Which Beatle temporarily quit the band during The White Album sessions? (an easy one)

Ringo

 

How many copies did The White Album sell in the US in its first week?

2 million

 

Best of luck with the book :)

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21 May 2014
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Very many thanks for everybody's participation. @AppleScruffJunior, @Ron Nasty, @meanmistermustard, I owe you copies of a book. Can you message me your postal address?

A last favour. The quiz is here.

Before I start promoting it, I'd love a few people to check it, because I'm bound to have made a few cock ups.

 

Again, many thanks.

21 May 2014
8.19am
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@wshaw Just tried the quiz. 19 out of 20. Only I double-checked every answer I gave as it was a test of the quiz. Unfortunately, it didn't tell me which question I got wrong, so I don't know which of us got it wrong.

PM me the answers you have and I'll tell you.

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21 May 2014
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@wshaw Do you have to have a facebook account to do the quiz as i don't? I just get an intro page saying take the quiz and possibly win a book.

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21 May 2014
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meanmistermustard said
@wshaw Do you have to have a facebook account to do the quiz as i don't? I just get an intro page saying take the quiz and possibly win a book.

Yes… the idea is to get people involved via Facebook. But I've also put it on my website for those that haven't got FB.

Take a look here.

 

Thanks again… I realise I'm treading among people who know A LOT. 

21 May 2014
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Didnt know a few, like the title of the 1956 collage by Richard Hamilton or the name of the village where Paul and some friends went in June 1968.

Cool quiz. Good job. apple01

I see you have another book steeped in the surroundings of Beatleness, 'She's Leaving Home'. I do like a good murder mystery and with the lure of the Beatles i might just pick this up. I have so many books to read tho already.a-hard-days-night-paul-7

A question. What keeps you coming back to 1968 for your novels as 'A House Of Knives' is also set during that year? The social and political upheaval or something else?

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21 May 2014
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Thanks @meanmistermustard  .She's Leaving Home is the US title of A Song From Dead Lips. They didn't like mine :-/

A Song from Dead Lips & A House of Knives are part of a trilogy set in 68-9.

I do think that year is bloody fascinating, I have to say. For me, the Beatles and a few others channelled a huge sense of possibility. A lot of the values we now hold without thinking twice come from that time. But in 1968 there was still a real oppositional sense of us and them. The older generation – my dad's – didn't really get it. They felt excluded by it. They'd played the post war game and along came all these new people with ideas.

At the same time, the new culture was still tiny. Beatlemania had been huge, but the real numbers of people who hung out around The Beatles, the people who "were" Swinging London, who went to restaurants like Seed or Robert Fraser's gallery, were tiny. Most of London – and the whole of the UK – was still somewhere in the 1950s.

22 May 2014
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Just did the quiz now, you really know your stuff. A couple of the questions left me stumped!

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