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The Beatles arrive in New York City TODAY!!
10 April 2020
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I’ll wait till the full statement, not some papers reporting of it. All that nonsense about him being dead has made me far more sceptical.

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LEAVING??

How can Paul leave his band, they’re his brothers? They’re OUR brothers…sob

Why would Paul want to abandon the most creative, revolutionary quartet of artists the world has known? Was he dissatisfied? Has anyone scanned the “Abbey Road ” lyrics for clues?

What does this mean? If Paul doesn’t  change his mind, will they replace him? HOW can they replace him? What’re they gonna do, get Jack Bruce or someone??

I can’t, can not, WILL not believe this is a final decision by Paul. We just have to hope and hope (and I might have to return to prayer) that Paul will come to his senses and get back to where he still belongs. The Beatles without him (or  George or Ringo or John) are inconceivable. 

Pray with me guys, to Krishna or Jesus or whatever higher power. I can’t write anymore, my nose and eyes won’t stop leaking…I need a Seconal

Love you all, Give Peace A Chance , please “Get Back ,” Paul

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haha actually kinda tearing up here for real just like bebu

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Well, Paul’s released an album, lads… all by his lonesome, unless you count the little baby on the cover (I guess it’s his child?)!!!!

I was walking to the bus station after work, I’d just got my pay, when I saw the cover in the window of the record store…

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and I just dashed in and bought it on impulse without even hearing it. (This is the problem with me having cash money in my pocket and walking past record stores. ahdn_paul_01) I brought it to my cousin’s flat because I was sure she and her boyfriend would be interested in hearing it, threw it (gently) on the turntable, and

~ For anyone who hasn’t bought it yet, take note! If you want to hear it without any preconceptions, do so before reading my thoughts ~

I was profoundly disappointed – the album seemed to be nothing but scraps and demos, with only a couple of ‘real’ songs (‘Every Night ‘, ‘Junk’, and ‘Maybe I’m Amazed ‘)! I spent several minutes lying on the floor on my cousin’s shag carpet being angry at myself for buying the record without hearing it, at Paul for making the record, at Paul for making it without the other Beatles, at the Beatles for breaking up, angry/depressed at everything for the fact that we grow up and grow apart and the heroes of my teenagehood could have let me down like this, and overcome with nostalgia for the days when I would buy a new Beatles record as soon as it came out and never doubted that it would be good – I hoped the Beatles would be just as trustworthy in that sense apart as together, and I felt horribly disillusioned.

Finally I decided I wasn’t going to let the money I’d spent go to waste, and also I know that I take a while to warm up to things sometimes (believe it or not, I didn’t like the Beatles nearly so much at first!) and so I decided to give it another chance while I helped my cousin make dinner. It was surprisingly pleasant playing in the background while we puttered together in her funky little kitchen, and I found myself warming to the atmosphere of the record – kind of homey, laid-back, and a little silly, totally the opposite of Abbey Road (which was very glossy and well-crafted and grand). The songs were still running through my head this morning as I rode the bus home through the fields outside London, and I realised that they suited the landscape much better than the crowded city – it’s a very homey, rural-sounding album. I’m listening to it now and I know that I’ve completely changed my mind about it, and I’m glad I spent the money without listening to it – for I wouldn’t have bought it if I had. a-hard-days-night-george-9

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So I guess this means the Beatles are no more????  What a sad day indeed!  They were my favorite band!!  I’ll have to check out some of this stuff they have been releasing by themselves.  I gotta get my Beatles fix somehow.

At least we still have the Doors.  They don’t look like they’ll be ending anytime soon.  Jim Morrison is so talented.  I have loved their new album they released back in February!  Although, I still like Soft Parade better.  

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There’s so much dramatic irony and foreshadowing going on in this thread it feels kind of like I’m reading The Cask of Amontillado (but, y’know, with a lot less Carnival, Italians, fat drunk guys in a silly hat, sociopaths who can’t take a joke, and dusty wine cellars with places where one can conveniently brick in those who have done them wrong) 

Okay I’m done interjecting and making weird and out-of-place literary references– please do carry on with your usual programming

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I’m at my local library flipping through old issues of Life magazine. Here’s the story about the Beatles coming to America in the 21 February 1964 issue .

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EEEE!!! They’re probably approaching the statue of liberty RIGHT NOW for all I know! Finally we North Americans will be graced by their presence: John, Paul, George (my favourite! heart) and Ringo!

And only TWO DAYS until we get to see them perform on Ed Sullivan. I CAN’T WAIT!!! I only wish I could watch it at my Aunt Sally’s house – she just bought a COLOUR t.v. – with a screen 24″ wide! (She’s rich and retired in Miami, Florida.)

I hope all of you will be watching the Sullivan show – it’s sure to be “fab”! (I don’t know if the people in “merry olde England” will be able to see it unfortunately, but they’ve got the Beatles there full time anyways. They’ll see em again.)

This is probably the happiest I’ve been since that ratfink (a–hole) killed America’s poor President Kennedy (RIP) a few months ago.

Are you guys gonna be watching this? Share your thoughts, I’d love to hear.

Tune in Sunday night! THE BEATLES 4-EVER!! heart heart heart

  

Hahaha, wow, can you guys believe that it’s been TEN WHOLE YEARS since the Beatles arrived on these shores and changed our lives together? We were all so young and innocent…I can’t even believe that I was still a teenager in high school then! How time flies…

…Anyways, we haven’t spoken in so long, I hope you all are living enjoyable lives! I was as devastated as any of you when our beloved boys split apart nearly four years ago, boo-hoo, but I grew to appreciate the fact that there are *many* other great current bands out there…not to mention the several fine albums that John, Paul, George and Ringo have given us as solo performers, in the ensuing time since then! (And on that note, I’m presently most enthralled with Wings – “Jet ” is my favourite thing on the radio right now, and as an album, “Band On The Run ” is possibly the finest music Paul has given us since “Abbey Road “)

Can’t think of much more to say right now, just thought I’d check in with you all, wish you all good thoughts. heart All the best!

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Well, hi there, Von Bontee.

I’m still here, going on with life. Paul had me pondering for a moment when I heard “Down in the jungle living in a tent/You don’t use money you don’t pay rent”

This adulting thing is hard, paying rent and all especially with the gosh awful gas/petrol prices and shortages, but I’ll still take it over living in the jungle. 

I’m really grooving to John’s Out the Blue.

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Hello Von Bontee,

I feel fine and enjoying tonight. I thought the Fab Four’s Ed Sullivan performances were mindblowing when I first saw them. Can you believe it’s been that long from their first visit to America? The years do sure fly by! I have been watching the Maysles brothers documentary with all the Ed Sullivan appearances from their first visit on DVD for me to see whenever I want. 

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What’s DVD? I’ve never heard that term, @Rube.

a-hard-days-night-george-10 They hadn’t been invented in 1974, the time this conversation is taking place.

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It sounds like I’m 30 years ahead of 1974! A DVD is a type of compact disc able to store a huge amount of data, especially high-quality visual material. 

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Sci-Fi.

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Yes, it sure sounds like it!

On a similar note, I’ve seen that the Japanese have invented a kind of souped-up tape player/recorder that connects to a TV, and it can record both the TV’s sound *and* the picture on a big specially designed tape cassette: You insert the cassette, turn the TV on, choose your channel, and hit “record”. Then when the program is over, or the tape is filled (they hold up to one hour of content), you rewind it and hit “play”, and then whatever program you recorded can instantly be re-watched, as many times as you want! And when you have no further need to rewatch the recorded content, you can then simply rewind the tape and record something new overtop, as often as you want, just like with a regular music cassette. Very cool-sounding invention! (Assuming you’ve got a spare $1500 to buy one blue-meanie)

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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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Sounds groovy. I won’t be getting one anytime soon. Hopefully the price will come down in the coming years.

I’d love for my boyfriend to be able to record The Mary Tyler Moore Show for me on the nights I have to work and miss it.

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Ahhh Girl said
 

I love for my boyfriend to be able to record The Mary Tyler Moore Show for me on the nights I have to work and miss it.

Yeah, that’s a super show! I’ve always loved MTM – the “Dick Van Dyke Show” was a family favourite in my teenage-era household (it was practically the only program that all five of us enjoyed.) 

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Man, I can’t believe it’s 1974 already! a-hard-days-night-paul-7

It’s so nice to hear from you all again. I still follow the ex-Beatles, of course, particularly Wings (I got to see them in concert last year and they were BRILLIANT!), but my tastes have branched out a lot. I know I mentioned Pink Floyd several years ago – I’m glad I found them when I did, because crikey they’ve changed so much since then! It’s been terrific watching them evolve, kind of mirroring my own life changes. Their latest album was almost a spiritual experience. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

Speaking of changes, my cousin also turned me on to this guy named David Bowie, and I just think he’s fantastic! I’ve never seen a lad so strange yet charming. I first saw him on Top Of The Pops a couple years ago, playing “Starman” (which is super catchy, almost Beatlesy), and when he pointed at the camera and said “I had to call someone so I picked on YOU…” I knew it was silly but I believed him a-hard-days-night-paul-5 right then and there I decided I needed to hear more of his stuff so my cousin lent me a couple of her LPs of his (she’s a brick). My heart stopped when I saw some of his album covers – he’s just gorgeous! beatlemaniacs_02_gif I tried convincing the lads in my band to get their hair done like his, but they weren’t having it ahdn_paul_01 they do have nice long hair, and our drummer has curly hair that wouldn’t suit the style anyway, so I can’t really blame them. Me, I’ve had a moptop for a few years now, and I just couldn’t be bothered to grow it out. (I still have a moptop… I’m woefully out of fashion, I know. I don’t care, I like it!)

Honestly, it feels like last year we got just a bumper crop of groovy albums in general. The Pink Floyd album I mentioned earlier; Led Zeppelin’s possibly most far-out record to date (golly I played the hell out of that one over the summer! My band tried to play The Ocean, but it was a mighty beast), a new Bowie album with a REALLY cool cover; a beautiful album from dear, dear George; John and Ringo both released good albums (admittedly I was trying to cut back on my record-buying by that point in the year, having bought all the other ones I mentioned, so I haven’t got them yet, but i have heard the singles and they’re very good, especially Ringo’s – they remind me of George somehow but I don’t know why?); and of course the EXCELLENT Wings album, which my dear old dad gave me for Christmas! He used to always tell me to “turn that racket down” when I was a teenager blasting Beatles, but this last Christmas, when my mum wasn’t paying attention, he said to me very low, “You know, I always did have a soft spot for that McCartney fellow.” a-hard-days-night-george-9 I probably was very obnoxious when I was sixteen. I mean, weren’t we all? But, yeah, when it comes to music, I’ll always look back fondly on this past year in particular. It’s fitting, I think, for the ten-year anniversary of the Beatles’ first album.

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Can’t agree with you much more about the amazing Led Zeppelin, Beatlebug –  five stellar records in a row now! “Houses Of The Holy” was easily my favourite album of the year, even though I like it *slightly* less than their previous one, that non-titled one with “Rock And Roll” and “When The Levee Breaks” and “Stairway To Heaven”, so great…That’s still my favourite thing they’ve done (although I wonder why they didn’t just stick with their habit and title it “Led Zeppelin IV”). I’m hoping they can make it back to Toronto the next time they tour; last time I saw them was in ’71, before the fourth album was out, and I couldn’t fully appreciate the majestic “Stairway” since I’d obviously not heard it before then – and also I was distracted by that crazy double-guiitar that Jimmy Page used while playing it! 

As for Pink Floyd, I’ve obviously heard “Money” a lot, but not the full album. And I’ve seen David Bowie in rock magazines, but don’t otherwise really know a lot about him, other than that “Major Tom” song he did awhile back, and that he’s a self-proclaimed homosexual!a-hard-days-night-ringo-6Too bad, he’s kinda cute!ahdn_george_06

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