John Lennon’s first book, In His Own Write, was published on this day by Jonathan Cape.
The 78-page hardback book sold for nine shillings and sixpence, and contained 31 stories, numerous pen drawings by Lennon, and an introduction by Paul McCartney.
About the Awful
I was bored on the 9th of Octover 1940 when, I believe, the Nasties were still booming us led by Madalf Heatlump (Who had only one). Anyway, they didn’t get me. I attended to varicous schools in Liddypol. And still didn’t pass-much to my Aunties supplies. As a memebr of the most publified Beatles me and (P, G, and R’s) records might seem funnier to some of you than this book, but as far as I’m conceived this correction of short writty is the most wonderfoul larf I’ve ever ready.
God help and breed you all.
To promote the book, Lennon appeared on the live BBC TV programme Tonight between 7pm and 7.35pm. Filming took place at the BBC’s Lime Grove Studios in London, which were used by the corporation from 1949 to 1991.
Lennon was interviewed by Kenneth Allsop for four minutes, and extracts from the book were read by Allsop, fellow regular guest Derek Hart and host Cliff Michelmore.
Also on this day...
- 1973: UK single release: My Love by Paul McCartney and Wings
- 1970: Tape copying: McCartney by Paul McCartney
- 1970: Mixing, editing: I’ve Got A Feeling, Dig A Pony, One After 909, I Me Mine, Across The Universe – Phil Spector’s first Let It Be session
- 1967: Recording, mixing: Getting Better
- 1964: Filming: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1964: US EP release: The Beatles
- 1964: US single release: Do You Want To Know A Secret
- 1963: Live: City Hall, Newcastle
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club. Liverpool (evening)
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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