50 YEARS BEATLES!
The Beatles' Spiritual Lives
by David Bedford
We associate The Beatles' spiritual lives with their journey to Rishikesh to study with the Maharishi. However, that journey can be traced back to their childhood and their families, where circumstances and family life shaped their spiritual thinking and rebellion from an early age.
by Paul Sherlock
9 February 2011 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance at the Cavern Club. On the 9 February 1961, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe were paid the total sum of £5 for what would become the first of nearly 300 appearances that the Beatles made at "the most famous club in the world". The Cavern Club is celebrating of course with a day of music and events which I will tell you about in future articles.
Liddypool: Who put the BEAT in the BEATLES?
WHO PUT THE BEAT IN THE BEATLES? NEW CD HAS THE ANSWERWhen I wrote my book, “Liddypool: Birthplace of The Beatles”, there was an obvious story in the songs that inspired The Beatles: the songs and artists that shaped their teenage years: that ultimately shaped The Beatles.
For the teenagers of the 1950s, it all started with Bill Haley’s 1954 recording of “Rock Around The Clock”. John Lennon once commented that ‘I had no idea about doing music as a way of life until rock and roll hit me.’ When asked what specifically hit him, Lennon replied: ‘It was "Rock Around The Clock."’
JOHN-Previously Unpublished Photos & Stories Revealed
by David Bedford
In my book, “Liddypool: Birthplace of The Beatles”, Liverpudlian I tracked down former school friends of John Lennon, plus one of his primary school teachers, Harry Holmes.
Holmes, who described the young Lennon as a “polite, well-spoken self-confident” boy,
has fond memories of his former pupil, especially in his role as Squire Trelawney in the
school’s adaptation of Treasure Island.
I also tracked down former classmates who have uncovered school photos – like the one
< on the left which shows John at Dovedale School in 1951 is very rare -
and retold stories of their pre-Beatle school friend.
They tell stories like:
John Lennon knocked out my front teeth
The day I entered a boxing ring with John
I slapped John Lennon over a girl
Lennon threw a flick-knife between my legs!