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The Beatles - Interview w/ Sandy Lesberg, 1965 (Part 1)

On May 9th 1965, the Beatles spoke at length with Sandy Lesberg at the Dolphin Restaurant in London, following a full day of shooting for their second feature film, ‘Help!’ The group appears to have an unusually comfortable and fun rapport with Lesberg, as they chat humorously about film producer Walter Shenson, and candidly about American news journalist Walter Winchell. 

In later years, Lesberg would describe his interview with the group as “…more like a rap session. All four Beatles were completely at ease. I tell a joke and Paul McCartney says, ‘I don’t think that’s very funny.’ There’s a lot of banter… They were running roughshod all over me, quite frankly.” (beatlesinterviews.org)



Q: Would you like to do a little bit of that song that you wrote for the picture, Paul?

PAUL: Uhh… I’ll tell you what, though. What we’ll do is we’ll promise to send you a copy just before it’s released. Right? So you’ve got the– That’s an exclusive. Isn’t it? I mean, that’s a favour.

Q: I’m not Hedda Hopper [columnist], I don’t need…

PAUL: (jokingly) Right. You won’t get it then. If you’re gonna be like that.

JOHN: If we thought you were Hedda Hopper we wouldn’t have let you in here… Hedda Hopper was coming in on her bike.

Q: (laughing) Did she ever interview you?

PAUL: She was at a party with a big hat. She’s great. Good. Good girl, yeah. In Hollywood.

GEORGE: She hopped past us.

PAUL: Hopped past, yeah. Who’s that other fella, though, that we don’t like?

JOHN:That other fella!” What do you mean, “that other fella”?

PAUL: (laughing) I mean… I mean, who’s that fella?

Q: Bye, Hedda.

PAUL: Who’s that fella? Walter Winchell!

Q: What about it? Did he interview you?

PAUL: Don’t speak to me about him!

JOHN: He’s stupid.

Q: Why is he stupid, John?

JOHN: He’s stupid ‘cause he just lies and writes a lot of trash.

Q: Have you ever met him, John?

JOHN: No, but he keeps writing things about Paul which are lies, y’know, so he must be off his head.

PAUL: I’ve said many a time that he’s just a bit off his head. I think he’s, um– I don’t know what’s happened to him, y’know. Everyone said he used to be good. But he’s– I tell ya, it’s just lies. He says I’m married, you see. And I’d like to say, Mister Winchell– Walter sir, if you’re listening– I’m not! (jokingly) I told him, didn’t I?

Q: Is that the lie he’s been telling about you?

PAUL: Yeah! I mean you know, that’s pushing it, isn’t it.

JOHN: But he goes on and on writing it, you know, as if he knows. He doesn’t know anything, that old Winch.

Q: Goodbye, Walter. (jokingly) I’m taking inventory of the people I’ve lost as friends on this show. 

PAUL: No, look–

JOHN: I like Hedda Hopper. She’s nice.

PAUL: Hedda’s great, yeah. Everybody else is great! 

Q: (laughs) 

PAUL: It’s not that we’ve got anything against Walter– is it, Walter! No, of course it isn’t.

Q: What, George? What, George says something I want to get– What do you say, George?

GEORGE: Walter Wimpy.

Q: Alright, bye, George.

Favorite John Lennon Songs Conclusion

Hi there everyone. I’m sorry for the lack of activity on my page for the last few weeks. I’ve been busy with school and this thing called life, that apparently exists outside of the Internet (lol). But I feel bad that I left you all hanging without finishing up my list of what are my favorite songs from John. Considering how my schedule from here, till the end of December will be busy, I’ll have less time to be on Tumblr. Every now and then I’ll post a quick pic or vid. But as for my longer stuff, like my lists, or anything of that magnitude, will take time. But, just so I don’t leave this list undone, I’m going to end it by naming the remaining 5 songs, and giving a brief explanation as to why I like them. So here were go:


Number 5: “Girl”

A haunting and simple song, that describes what John believed to be his ideal lady. It reminds me a lot of Billy Joel’s “She’s Always a Woman”, in that it’s describing a woman that the singer seems to love very much, even though what’s being said is less than flattering. It’s fascinating (if not saddening) that John would say years later, that the woman he was describing was in fact Yoko. Because in all honesty, the lyrics of “Girl”, although wonderful, are also negative and melancholy. I mean every time i hear it, I can’t help but think “poor dude…”

But it’s those same elements that make it a great song. It resonates with people because many can relate to it. It’s a song about complicated love, and how many people haven’t experienced that?


Number 4: Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds

I talked a bit about my feelings on John’s parenting skills in the past. It’s great to know he was there for Sean. I wish he could have tried harder with Julian. Although to his credit, he was getting there by the end of his life. And even though he was never too close to his eldest son, that didn’t mean he never wrote songs for him, or never wrote ones that were inspired by him. And that’s exactly what this song is: a fun little number, inspired by a picture Julian drew when he was just a toddler. It’s wonderful to know that John found inspiration from Julian, and used it to write one of his catchiest tunes.

The song is upbeat, and it has the psychedelic feel of the mid and late 60’. I’m not really into the psychedelic sound, but for some reason it works for me here. The lyrics are, as is to be expected by John, abstract and weird. But considering how the picture that the song is based off was adorably unusual, why shouldn’t the lyrics be as well. The imagery being described in the lyrics are descriptive and dreamlike like “Across the Universe”, but less ambiguous. By that I mean, even though it sounds odd, it’s evokes a happy feeling. “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds” is very much it’s own thing, and definitely in a good way.


Number 3: Julia

This song is heartbreaking. Before Yoko Ono, there was Julia: John’s mother and, when all is said and done, greatest muse. Although many of his songs seem to hint or allude to her (”Girl” actually being considered one of them), “Julia” is the first and perhaps only song that is specifically about his mom. And just like the rest of John’s work, the lyrics to this song are vivid, imaginative, and create this ever so saddening picture of a lost man, who still mourns the loss of his mother. But it also expresses his never ending love and admiration for her. And just like “Across the Universe”, the lyrics is what really makes it great. I do love John’s singing here though. I love hearing the more softer and mellower side of his vocals.

Of course I can’t forget to mention that the song hints at Yoko, since the line “ocean child” is the English translation of her name. I would have liked the song more if it had just been specifically about his mom, but it is what it is. And  “Julia” is nothing less than brilliant.

Number 2: In My Life

I originally had this one for number 3. But after some thought, I realized I loved this one slightly more. What can I say, I’m a sucker for sentimentality in music. To be fair though, “In My Life” in sentimentality at its best. True and ever so endearing.

This is perhaps the first, real, personal song John ever wrote (according to him). John wrote a lot of songs, but most of them were love songs. And while they do hint at some aspects of his life or personality, “In My Life” is basically his “Penny Lane”, in that he took his past and made it into a song. This was also a song in which much of the melody was done by him (with a little help from Paul of course).

It’s all about reflecting on the past, and remembering old friends and holding on to good memories. Above all else, it’s a song that reminds us to love and to continue to love those people and places that are important to us. It definitely highlights the softer side of John and for that alone, it makes it one of my favs.

And finally…


Number 1: Help

John really was a one of a kind man. Sometimes I love him, and other times I hate him. Considering how many of his personal choices upset me, it’s crazy that I even see him as my favorite of the dudes. But honestly, whenever I begin to think that I really don’t like John anymore, this song ALWAYS brings me back to loving him. It’s that good.

Like “In My Life”, “Help” is another personal song of John’s. But instead of focusing on the past, he’s focusing on the present. More specifically, he’s calling for help to anyone who might be willing to listen. Why? Because by this point in The Beatles career, the pressure was starting to get to John. On top of that, he was starting to gain a little bit of weight, which made him self-conscious. He would later dub this era as his “Fat Elvis” period. Personally, I thought he looked fine. He looked healthy and very attractive. In fact, I think 1965 was the year that John looked the most attractive, especially in the movie “Help” (John + turtleneck = super hot).

But I digress. “Help” is a very honest song that showcases John being very vulnerable, and openly asking for support from others. What keeps the songs lyrics from appearing to outright strong is the upbeat and fast-paced tempo. On the one hand it kind of keeps the songs message from being as obvious as it should. But at the same time, the quick and fun pace of the music gives the song a sense of urgency, making John’s cry for help all the more intense. And while I know John would continue to right many songs that express so much of who he was, there’s something about “Help” that gets to me.

I guess it has to do with the fact that I’m quite shy, and I often have a hard time dealing with pressure, especially in though situations. This song is all about realizing that you can’t deal with everything that life throws at you by yourself. It’s ok to admit you’re not in control. It’s ok to ask for help. That’s a comforting message. And though I’m not famous and could never really understand how John felt during this point of his, I do know that stress and pressure are horrible…and it’s great when you don’t have to endure it alone.


Thank you to everyone who has been patient, and thank you also for following my page. I really do appreciate it. God bless.

December 31, 1964: Brian Epstein is interviewed by Pathé News commentator Bob Danvers-Walker at a New Year’s Eve party at the Royal Albert Hall.

Danvers-Walker: Well, 1964 was a highly successful year for you, Mr Epstein. What is your prediction for 1965?

Epstein: Well I certainly think that some of the groups that’ve been successful in the past are going to continue to rank very high indeed. I personally expect to see the emergence of one or two solo, balladeering type of artists, I think there’s going to be an injection of folk music, and in general, I think the music scene will be as lively as it has been, I hope so, anyway.

ultrajrm  asked:

Sir, I consider your site a public service. Thanks! Question: looking at the most infamous of declines, that of the Roman Empire (the reasons for which have clear parallels with current West), we know historians differ on the span of the decline process, and arguably the Eastern half of that Empire lasted for centuries after the Western half fell. What do you see as the start point for our own decline (19th Amendment? WWII? 1965 Immigration Act?), and how long do you give our current "Republic"?

First, thank you for your kind remark. I did start this blog out as a public service. So it looks like it’s doing it’s job at that.

Second, thank you for a most interesting question. I think I’ll need to handle this in two parts, one for Europe and one for America. There are important reasons for this, not least of which is simple logistics: where nations are on the map.

Let’s start with Europe. It’s easier. The “starting point” for the current fall of Europe, I believe, was the 2015 migrant crisis: The on purpose flooding of millions of economic migrants into southern Europe via Turkey and then over the Med through Italy. Of course the demise of Europe “started” throughout the 20th century. Two world wars begun there, and after the 2nd most would say they bled themselves out. Call it civilizational exhaustion. Loose and liberal fiscal policies domestically, weakness in foreign policy, giving up of their colonial spaces around the globe post WW2, etc etc. The downfall of Great Britain’s empire post WW2 is a nice example of a long, slow decline in empire. It will be studied for a long time, just as (you rightly say) the Roman Empire decline is studied now. 

Europe has no more than 50 years, and many are applauding its demise. It’s sad.

Onto America.

This one is trickier, for a variety of reasons. One could point to giving women the right to vote, which then led to the “government as nanny state.” See, for examples, these posts in The Catalog: http://catalogingthedeclineofthewest.tumblr.com/women#cul

One could point to the U.S. involvement in WW2, although this is weaker, because the U.S. was (again) protected by oceans and suffered much less than any nation in Europe. Look up civilian and military casualties in WW2 of all nations and you’ll find the U.S. is DWARFED by, say, Russia’s losses. Americans do tend to have a U.S.-centric view on WW2. It’s a real shame.

I also wouldn’t point to any one piece of legislation, like the 1965 Immigration Act. I think America is too complex and too diverse (in the broadest sense of that term) a nation to be “undone” by one piece of legislation.

So, where did America’s decline “start”?

I would argue that the roots of American decline were in its founding. 

America is a nation born in blood and revolution and saved by blood and civil war. Our differences were never resolved, merely glossed over. This is our Achilles heel. Our greatest strength is, indeed, our greatest weakness. (Would I want to be born anywhere else or live anywhere else? Perhaps only Switzerland.) So, we’ve been glossing over the roots of decline since our beginning, and here we find ourselves now, reaping what was sown hundreds of years ago. Accelerated by every progressive idea since, including Marxism, feminism, socialism, communism. All these -isms have crept slowly or quickly into American culture, accelerating its ultimate demise. What did President Obama say he wanted to do? “fundamentally transform the United States of America”. He did a pretty good job. See: http://catalogingthedeclineofthewest.tumblr.com/tagged/obama-fundamentally-changing-america in this blog and in my older blog: http://catalogingthedeclineofamerica.tumblr.com/tagged/obama-fundamentally-changing-america

Is Obama to blame for everything? Of course not. The RINOs? No. Republicans, Democrats? No and no. It’s each of us, because each of us is all of us. 

This is how empire’s fall. Weakness of heart, of will, of passion. As a man goes, so an empire goes.

How long do we (the USA) have? Some are arguing about this and studying this. The three greatest thinkers on civilizational decline – Toynbee, Spengler, and Sorokin – I think determined that societies generally last about 200 years. By their studies we are overdue. (I have read some recent thinkers on the subject but none that I completely agree with. They’re too optimistic. Mostly because I think they’re point of view is too narrow. I think they see single tiles in a larger mosaic and thus are missing the larger picture. I’ll use the analogy of this blog. Go to the Archive page and look at the dozens and dozens of “tiles” (single posts) on decline. Scroll down to see them all; make your browser a smaller percentage to view a larger number of “tiles.” I think my analogy holds.)

I think we’ll limp along and slowly dissolve over the next generation or two (if we’re still here). I’ve written some specifics in response to previous questions.

See: http://catalogingthedeclineofthewest.tumblr.com/post/161618765394/do-you-think-america-and-europe-still-have-a

And see also: http://catalogingthedeclineofthewest.tumblr.com/post/160192969839/when-do-you-think-the-united-states-and-other

I'm The Greatest Star
Barbra Streisand
I'm The Greatest Star

I’m The Greatest Star - Barbara Streisand’s Final Broadway Performance - December 26, 1965 -Soundboard

I think it’s time to finally share this gem. Ladies and gentleman this is the original Fanny and how the song is sung. With Glee’s version released there will soon be love and obsession I’m guessing. Just remember Barbra was long before Glee, the movie, and others. Enjoy this oldie yet brilliant recording and performance. 

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[on feminism] For those of us who were born in the 60s and came of age in the 70s, and remember the women’s movement – I mean, my God, birth control wasn’t legal in the US until 1965, I think. That’s insane! And there are girls today who don’t know that. We can talk about glass ceilings, but we have to remember there was a time when there wasn’t even a door. I don’t take any of it for granted for a minute. - Julianne Moore