Sixty years ago, Liverpool first saw Paul McCartney and John Lennon together in a show

October 18, 1957 marked the first concert of the most famous future composer on the planet at the Conservative Club of New Clubmoor Hall in Liverpool. Then at age 15, teen Paul McCartney made his debut in Quarrymen, band led by John Lennon and that became the embryo of the Beatles.

Paul McCartney had met John Lennon three months before, in July 1957, when he attended The Quarry Men Skiffle show at the annual Woolton Parish Church Garden Fete at an outdoor fair. McCartney was impressed by Lennon’s performance and, in a backstage church room, was introduced to the future Beatles leader as a mutual friend.

John Lennon’s former girlfriend May Pang recently posted a photo showing the Happy Days gang posing in 1974 with John and his (then) young son, Julian. She writes, “This was taken when John and I took Julian to Paramount Studios for a tour on his first trip to LA. We happened to stumble upon the set of HAPPY DAYS. It was their first season of the show and the actors were surprised by our onstage walk on.”

“I was hip in kindergarten. I was different all my life. The second verse [of "Strawberry Fields”] goes, ‘No one I think is in my tree.’ Well, I was too shy and self-doubting. Nobody seems to be as hip as me is what I was saying. Therefore, I must be crazy or a genius- 'I mean it must be high or low,’ the next line. There was something wrong with me, I thought, because I seemed to see things other people couldn’t see.“–John Lennon in 1980, quoted in "The Beatles: 100 Greatest Songs,” Rolling Stone (Special Collectors’ Edition)

fic: absinthe on my lips

absinthe on my lips. civil wars rpf, ~3k. very nearly explicit.

i tried to write a happy pwp. pretty sure i failed on all counts. sometimes i can’t tell where i am, where i leave off and he begins

Joy put a steadying hand on the wall, in danger of being capsized by the wave of gratitude that washed over her at the sight of him. Nate, John Paul, and now Miles: she loved these men so wholeheartedly she could barely breathe for doing it. And there they were, in her life and loving her back, each of them different, all of them beautiful.

John Paul, in particular, was currently looking like every fantasy she’d ever had a teenager, and quite a few she’d had as an adult.

Queen Elizabeth II at the Vatican to meet Pope John Paul II in 1980.

She is in black because protocol “le privilège du blanc” demands only queens of catholic countries, or wives of heads of state of a catholic country can wear white. Britain broke away around 1534.


Autumn at St John’s by St John’s College Cambridge
Via Flickr:
Autumn at St John’s - Chapel from St John’s Street. Photos by Paul Everest.