17 December 2012
Article written by Hunter Davies for The Times about Paul unexpectedly turning up on the doorstep of his holiday home in Portugal in December 1968 with Linda and Heather in tow...
...and how his real first name inspired an unreleased McCartney song that was worked on during the January 1969 sessions, and his hope it might feature in Peter Jackson's film as he's seen some really good footage of it he likes of them working on it at Savile Row.
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The Beatles Bible 2020 non-Canon Poll Part One: 1958-1963 and Part Two: 1964-August 1966
20 August 2013
Ron Nasty said
Sad no one likes James Taylor! Oh well! (Well! Well! Well!)
Let's try June Furlong, life art class model during John's time at the college, and quite a character:
June Furlong died on 20 November 2020. https://www.helenandersondesig.....life-model
As a student, our wonderfully quiet life drawing classes focused pure concentration… unless John Lennon was in the room. As I've recounted in countless biographies, life drawing was endlessly interrupted by John’s total inability to take his work remotely seriously. Perhaps he had ADHD. The entire room would descend into riotous, near- tearful hysteria at John’s antics. These typically involved John leaping all over the room and doing his utmost to distract June, who would be trying to stay poker-faced, despite the urge to giggle.In my video you can see my sketch of John in 1959, where both of us are pretending to draw June.... very post-modern! I am often asked if John ever did any actual painting. It’s fair to say he did his own thing in the Life Drawing class. He would either ignore June completely, drawing instead his own grotesque monsters, or he would narrow his focus, with his artistic attention entirely on June’s wristwatch, or her slippers on the floor. While June would deal with John later on, during break time, our tutor, Teddy Griffiths took the wild behavior in his stride and never uttered a sound, puffing away on his pipe in the corner (as you can see in another of my sketches from the time). I am not sure whether he considered this "performance art” or was simply scared of having his nose punched by John.
Yet it was her chum Lennon who perhaps owed her the greatest debt after she talked him down from taking his own life in the summer of 1958, when he was an unknown art student.
The duo had developed a close friendship at the Liverpool College of Art where she made a living posing for life drawing classes.
It was here that one day she came across a 17-year-old Lennon standing in front of an open lift shaft, having just learned of his beloved mother Julia 's death in a road accident.
She managed to persuade him to walk away, and got one of his tutors to send him home in a taxi with a bottle of whisky.
On another occasion, Furlong helped convince Lennon, ten years her junior, that his band ought to sign a management contract with a businessman called Brian Epstein.
'He came in and he said to me he'd met this fellow called Epstein,' she recalled. 'He said he wants to manage us. I said to him: 'What have you got to lose?' He cracked up laughing . . . and said: 'Yeah, that's right what have we got to lose?' '
The band signed the very next day. 'He didn't realise what was going to happen after that. He thought it was a bit of a laugh. And then of course the rest is history.'
Furlong, who has died at the age of 90, also posed naked for another Beatle and art student at the college. Stuart 'Stu' Sutcliffe, the band's original bassist, played with The Beatles in Hamburg before leaving to pursue his career as an artist. He died from a brain haemorrhage at the age of 21.
June and Lennon had quickly struck up a friendship after he'd walked into one of her life-drawing sessions and asked if it would be 'all right' to draw her, to which June replied: 'Get yourself an easel.' Lennon stayed for several hours, and would return, day after day.
She memorably described her first encounter with him in an interview: he was 'just a Liverpudlian, stinking of fish and chips, before the charisma arrived', she said.
He was, she said, 'a bit of a rebel'.
'If he didn't like history of art, he'd just walk out of that lesson and he'd come into the life room. He'd conduct things as if it was a big cocktail party, and the group who were trying to get their drawings right would say: 'Shut up and sit down and draw.' And he'd say to me: 'I'll be back, I'm going next door to see Paul [McCartney]'.'
Lennon would invite her to listen to his latest songs during lunch breaks. 'I used to look at him and think: where will your talent take you? Where will you go? You'll either hit the bottom or you'll hit the top. There'll be nothing in between for you.'
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