Saturday, 26 September 2015

The 'Brick' Incident ...continued

I posted a pic on the Fans Snaps page last night and I referred to the 'Brick' incident at Pauls Cavendish home. After a little bit of research came across the following blog conversations.. read it for yourself and make your own mind up... its yet more Beatle mythology.

There is a scene in 1970 that I saw in "Lennon Naked" where John gets out of his limo, hops over the fence of Paul McCartney's house and throws a rock at a window of his home. John is pissed that Paul has left the Beatles. I saw this, also, in the "Linda McCartney Story." In that film, a bearded Lennon pulls up outside of Paul's home, hops the fence, yells out, "McCartney!!!" Then proceeds to pick up a rock and throws it at the front door window of McCartney's home. Since it has been portrayed in two films, now. Did this event really ever take place? And, if it did, was this at Macca's Cavendish Road home?

It was during the (early 1969) "Let it be" sessions: miffed at something John had sai9d to him (or to Linda) the day before, Paul didn't show up at the studio the next day, so John went to his house (Cavendish, if the time-line is correct), presumably to give him an earfull, but Paul refused to let him in, so John jumped a fence, and started yelling at Paul from his backyard.

What I read is that John smashed a portrait/painting (with a brick ?) that he'd made and given Paul some time earlier (I gather the painting was in Paul's doorway or something ?)

As for any of this actually being true, we may never know, I don't think Paul or John ever commented on this themselves, but there are written acounts in more than one place...

The story of the brick at the window is meant to be true and I seem to recall that the extra twist of the knife in the tale was that either George or Ringo were outside Paul's and provided John with a getaway car as he jumped in the car and left.

And here's what the blog says:

I have posted this before and it led to a conversation in the comments section that basically didn't have any exact answers. Well I got the magazine that it originally came from and was able to scan the photos so that they are much larger now. I still am not sure WHY John is seen here jumping the wall of Cavendish. The story that went near the photos tells about the time that it was Paul and Linda's anniversary and Paul didn't show up for a booked recording session. John was really mad and went over to Paul's house to give him a piece of his mind. However... the article does not claim that these photos are from that day. The caption for the photos make you think they are from that day. Unless there was another altercation with John and Paul during the recording of "Abbey Road" They are interesting photographs regardless.

McCartney's recollections of the Abbey Road sessions are beyond doubt to some extent rose-tinted. Even he admits that he was rebuked by Harrison and Starr for being too overbearing (Musician, October 1986). Gill Pritchard, then an Apple Scruff, recalls that, on one evening during the closing dates for Abbey Road, he 'came racing out of the front door of the studio in tears, went home and didn't come back. The next day he didn't turn up at all even though the studio was booked.' (Mojo, October 1996.) McCartney's failure to appear on this - or another? - occassion provoked a furious Lennon to hammer on his door and clamber over the garden wall for a shouting match with him, during which he smashed a picture he had given McCartney (the latter's favourite painting). (Salewicz, pp. 218-19.)

Its a myth some folk like to put out as true.
There is a story that was supposed to happen the day when the Judge ruled on Paul's side in the lawsuit for breaking up the Beatles partnership (so 1971). John, Ringo and George all got into John car's and drove round to Paul's house at Cavendish Avenue as John was livid and wanted to confront him. Paul wasnt at home so John threw a brick thru a window.

If you want to read about it Peter Dogget covers it in 'You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles'.

I also recall the story of Paul not coming to one of the sessions during 'Abbey Road' and John going around to find out why and being met by Linda. John stormed in and smashed a painting before leaving. has a thread on this and notes it being Paul and Linda's anniversary.

I think these stories get messed up and around and merge into each other creating lots of different accounts.

Yeah I think this picture must be from the missed session. From the way John looks I guess it would be around the Get Back sessions or early Abbey Roadsessions later that winter since hes wearing Yokos coat. I guess there has to be some truth to those stories since there are these pictures showing John climbing the fence..His hair looks too long for it to be 1971.

Friday, 25 September 2015

New addition to When Beatles came to York and fans pix

Peter Walker contacted me and gave an interesting tale about seeing the Beatles in York in 1963, see the addition to the webpage....

Also added a new batch of pix to the fans snaps, I have had these a while but just found the time to put them on, its not the pictures that take up the time its the captions!!

Monday, 27 April 2015

New page added

Hi all,

Just added a new page- Beatles Memorabilia Swops. 

Its an idea for those who have duplicates and spares or unwanted items to advertise them on here. I can either pass on any info to interested parties or send an email to for you to arrange direct with the 'swopee'.

This first batch is for a friend who wants to move some extra stuff, its all quality i can vouch for it myself!

The only other way is if there are several interested people in doing it we can organise a 'Swopping' evening in York one night. (When i say 'Swopping' - i mean memorabilia and not wives /girlfriends etc.....)

Anyway lets see how it goes.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Beatles hotel painting

Just thought I would add this post after uploading some new Beatles art images on the Beatles Art 2 page. This is an interesting and certainly a rare Beatle event, although personally to me it's not a particularly attractive piece of work; especially in the light of later Lennon and McCartney artistic pieces. However, the quality of the art is irrespective where the Beatles are involved as just the name association is enough to give it acceptance in the art world.

In 1966 the Beatles travelled to Japan to perform some live shows. They arrived in Tokyo on June 29th, and their concerts were to be performed at the Budokan Hall. The Budokan Hall was used for sumo wrestling, which of course was very popular in Japan, and there were protests outside the stadium by people who felt the Beatles should not be allowed into the home of sumo wrestling. The Nippon Budokan was also considered a national shrine to Japan's war dead, and many saw it as sacrilegious that a rock 'n' roll group were allowed to perform there.

" Everywhere we were going, there was a demonstration about one thing or another. In America the race riots were going on when Beatlemania had come to town. In Japan there were student riots, plus people were demonstrating because the Budokan, where we were playing, was supposed to be a special spiritual hall reserved for martial arts. So in the Budokan only violence and spirituality were approved of, not pop music.

We went on to Tokyo. When we came off the plane, we were put in little 1940s-type cars along with policeman dressed in metal helmets, like Second World War American soldiers' helmets. We were driven in convoy into town and taken to the Tokyo Hilton where we were put in our upstairs suite - and that was it. We were only allowed out of the room when it was time for the concert. We just wanted to go shopping. "

     George Harrison

Because of some death threats that the Beatles had received before the show they were advised to stay in their VIP suite at the Tokyo Hilton. To keep busy and out of sheer boredom whilst locked up in their hotel room, the Beatles were given some paper and paints and over the course of two nights, they collaborated on this painting. The paper they were given was approx. 30" x 40" (paper and paints were provided by the Japanese promoter, Tats Nagashima, who suggested that the completed painting be auctioned for charity) and was placed on a table with a lamp in the center.

Working with the light of the lamp, each member of the Beatles decorated their own corner of the paper with oil paint and watercolor. Paul's corner has a symmetrical, psychedelic feel, John's has a dark center surrounded by thick oils, George's part is large and colorful, and Ringo's has a cartoon like image. When the lamp was removed from the table, it left a white circle in the middle of the painting, which was signed by all four of the Beatles. Once complete, the painting titled 'Images of a Woman' was bought by Mr. Tetsusaburo Shimoyama who was a curator of Shochiku-Kaikan and chairman of the Beatles Fan Club Japan.

John's section:

Ringo's section:
Beatle photographer Robert Whitaker, who was present at the hotel had this to say:
I never saw them calmer, more contented than at this time. They were working on something that let their personalities come out. I think it’s the only work they ever did all together that had nothing to do with music. They were very harmonious and happy, calling their wives and girlfriends, all the time doing this painting."

George's section:

Paul's section:
'Images Of A Woman' is believed to be the only instance of a painting by all four Beatles. It was sold again in Osaka for ¥15 million, and in 2002 appeared on the eBay auction website. In September 2012 it was put up for sale again through Philip Weiss Auctions and sold for $155,250 including the buyer's premium. There are some light cracks and a few tiny areas of paint flakes and crackling. Incredible one of a kind painting by The Beatles.

I wonder who has the lamp that was used for painting the picture by? probably see it on eBay one day and sold for another £100,000!

Beatles Course!

Hi everyone.
Received this email from a chap about a Beatles 2 day course. See the information below. I promised to put the info on the webpage, although it is at quite short notice. I would love to attend but I have unfortunately a little thing called 'work' to do, I am not at the position in life where I can retire unfortunately, well not just yet.. maybe 10 years time.. or if tonight's lottery comes a knocking!

Anyone wanting more info contact the chap direct on his email address which is also below.

I want to arrange another get together for those who want to meet face to face, probably sometime in mid to late march. It has been quite a while since anyone spoke to each other so would be great to meet up. I will post the date in late feb so watch this space.

PS Also added a new set of art works to the Beatles Art 2 page... check them  out!

Dear Chris,
Wondered if any members of your society might be interested in this 2 night residential course, 50 YEARS OF RUBBER SOUL, we are running here at Higham Hall soon in the Lake District:

6:30pm Mon 2 Mar to 1:30pm Wed 4 Mar 2015
M0315DA ) – The 1965 Beatles album Rubber Soul was and continues to be a source of inspiration for both listeners and musicians. Drawing from country & western, cabaret, folk rock and soul, it is both landmark and milestone. 

Join David for a deeper appreciation.
David Ashworth (music educator)
Residential: £212   Non-residential: £148
Request a place on this Course
Course information:

Many thanks
George Cooke, 
Principal's Blog:
+44 (0)17687 76276

Higham Hall College
Bassenthwaite Lake