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The really strange thing was that I went to work that morning somehow knowing Paul would ultimately show up — despite what had happened. Of course, from the point of view of his Liverpool upbringing, the best way to deal with something like that is to keep right on doing what you’d normally do. It helps to take your mind off it — being with friends, I suppose, even though it did occur to me that he might have just as easily rung up and cancelled the session. I remember the first thing he said to me was, “I just don’t know what to think.” He was obviously physically shaken, and even at the best of times wasn’t really too articulate when it came to expressing how he felt about things.

After one of the takes Paul and I were just hanging out, leaning up against AIR [Studio]’s huge floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Oxford Circus, when I happened to notice this dark green truck going by that said LENNON FURNISHINGS or something like that. “Oh God, look at that,” I said, and he just sort of broke down, you know? “I’ll tell you one thing, man,” he said, “I’ll never fall out with anyone again in my life for that amount of time and face the possibility of them dying before I get a chance to square it with them.”

After that I never consciously mentioned anything about it. If he wanted to talk about it he did, and if he didn’t, well, he didn’t. Everybody in the world was very hurt by John’s death, but especially Paul McCartney.

—  Denny Laine, interview w/ Geoffrey Giuliano, c/o Geoffrey Giuliano, Blackbird: The Life and Times of Paul McCartney. (1991)
JIM: […] Anyway, in the long run they eventually all wore me down and I told him he could go. I remember one of my main concerns, funnily enough, was that he might not get enough to eat. From the time they first arrived I started getting these silly little postcards and letters from him reciting their menu on any given evening. I suppose that satisfied me in a way. At least he wasn’t starving I thought to myself.
—  blackbird: the life and times of paul mccartney, geoffrey giuliano 

anonymous asked:

Hi! I was wondering if you know if the claim of the first Ronald McDonald clown (don't know his name) becoming vegan after supporting McDonalds for many years is really true? It sounds too good to be true to me

The story refers to Geoffrey Giuliano , he went vegetarian but not vegan as far as I know. He wrote this public apology:

“For almost two years I went against everything I ever believed in by selling out to the McDonald’s corporate juggernaut by playing RONALD McDONALD to thousands of innocent, trusting children.

Prior to that, I am sorry to say, I also portrayed THE MARVELLOUS MAGICAL BURGER KING in the Northeastern United States doing a children’s magic show promoting the glories of meat eating for the Burger King Corporation.

Ten years later, I now realize I have a debt to parents and children everywhere to try and present the truth about the wonderful vegetarian lifestyle to which I owe so much. Toward that end I have developed a brand new show to gently educate kids about their true relationship to the environment, their animal friends, and each other, as neighbours on a dreadfully victimized over-burdened planet.

This show (complete with music, magic and fun) is my way of saying sorry for selling out so blatantly to concerns who make their millions off the murder of countless animals and the exploitation of children for their own ends. Although moderate expenses are expected from sponsors, this is a not-for-profit scheme centered on showing young people the peaceful alternatives of the natural, healthful, vegetarian way of life.”

paulmccharmling  asked:

I have quite a few Beatles books, probably more than I need. But I value your opinion, what's the most informative Beatles book out there? Like the best book that digs into the Beatles and the collaboration between John and Paul?

There are quite a few books about John & Paul. They are all different though, and they all discuss their partnership in a different way, I’ll explain you how so that you can choose the one that fits your needs:

- Lennon-McCartney: The Story of Music’s Greatest Songwriting Duo: This book is really nice, it describes John and Paul’s childhood in almost a parallel way, and then goes on with the whole Hamburg and the Beatles era.

Pros: I liked the first part mostly, because it shows how their childhood was connected and how they got together.

Cons: The book is almost a Beatles book, and not a Lennon and McCartney story. In my opinion, sometimes the writer focuses too much in stories that are Beatles stories and not John & Paul accounts. A book titled ‘Lennon and McCartney’ should be centered on their partnership and should tell the story from their point of view, instead I found it too dispersive in some parts and a simple tale of a Beatles story.

Powers of Two: How Relationships Drive Creativity: This book describes, almost scientifically, the power of creativity partnership. There are different duos in the book: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Marie and Paul Curie…and there’s John and Paul too, and they are the main focus and study of the book.

Pros: I loved it because this book does what other books don’t: it explains in a psychologic and scientific way how two geniuses get together and how they always need each other with creativity competition. There are lot of interesting discussions about it: how their characters work, how creativity works, and how they wrote the greatest songs in music history. You won’t find out anything about their childhood or their personal lives, but you’ll understand how they worked together and why they needed each other so bad.

Cons: The book is not only about John and Paul.There are lot of stories involved, and different partnerships discussed, so you have to avoid some large parts you probably won’t be interested about.

Lennon Versus Mccartney the Beatles, Inter Band Relationships and the Hidden Messages to Each Other In Their Song Lyrics: This book is literally what I do on Tumblr when people aske me to explain the meaning of a Mclennon song. No personal stories, no childhood, just a short, simple book about the songs they wrote.

Pros: The songs are explained by John and Paul, cause the writer/journalist explain the meaning of the songs by giving extracts of John and Paul’s interviews. Most of them are connected, and it opens your eyes about their relationship, which is almost explained through the songs they wrote for each other.

Cons: Less Beatles songs, more solo songs. The author focuses less on the Beatles era, and I can deduce why: because the meaning and metaphors in their songs from 1962 to 1966 were less obvious. They had to hide it. After the Beatles era, mostly after the break up, they wanted to shout their resentment and anger to each other so the lyrics and the meaning of the songs became clearer. It starts almost from 1968, with Hey Jude, to 1980.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney: Their Magic and Their Music (Partners II): Another John and Paul story, similar to “Lennon and McCartney, the story of the greatest music songwriting duo”. It starts from their childhood, how they grew up together until the late years with Yoko and the whole break up issue.

Pros: I loved the childhood part, there are lot of useful informations, and inside stories about them I didn’t find in other books. It’s all focused on their relationship and how it developed from July 1957 and how they got closer after Julia’s death. There are lot of nice photos that none of the books mentioned above have. It also explains how they wrote their songs and the backstory of some of them.

Cons: Sometimes I found it a bit futile, some stories are told with a bit of no information behind it, but just put in the book to fill some gaps, specially in the Yoko and last era, when they were breaking up.

Other books not John & Paul related but relevant and worth mentioning:

- John Lennon: The Life by Philip Norman: An intense book about the whole life of John. It also focuses on his relationship with Paul with juicy stuff none has ever told before: the whole bisexuality subject and John’s attraction to Paul told by Yoko.

- Paul MCartney: Many Years from now by Barry Miles: This is almost an authorised, official book on Paul, based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews over a period of five years, and with complete access to Paul’s own archives. It focuses on Paul years during the Beatles era, and Paul tries to shut the whole ‘john vs paul’ cliché the media love so much and focuses on his real relationship with John. 

NOT TO BUY: Two of Us: The Passionate Partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney by Geoffrey Giuliano: This man is the worst Beatles author ever, please do not buy his books, unless you plan to light the fire.

Julia Baird remembers her mother ironically saying how sorry she felt for Paul having lost his mum at such a tender age. “Can you imagine how that must hurt?” she would comment to John occasionally over tea and toast. “And he’s such a lovely, talented boy. What a pity.”
—  Geoffrey Giuliano, Blackbird: The Life and Times of Paul McCartney. (1991) [Note: Giuliano is at best an disreputable source and worst… well, but as Julia Baird includes this exchange in her own memoirs and has previously criticised Philip Norman and Albert Goldman for erroneous information and fabricated quotes (respectively), I think in this case the veracity of Giuliano’s source (i.e. from interviewing Julia herself) can be vouched for.]

“And although they had found other partners, partners for life, and each would work with new collaborators, neither would come close to re-creating the indelible magic that was LENNON AND MCCARTNEY. This, after all, was a partnership for the ages.”

I was re-reading Two of Us by Geoffrey Giuliano and skimmed through this *still* heartbreaking chapter: Burning Bush - The Fall of Lennon and McCartney. But I love how the writer ended the chapter.


“‘John was always generous to a fault,’ Mimi often said when repeating the story of her move to Bournemouth. 'Even as a child, if he happened to have only one small bar of chocolate but two friends with him, then right into thirds it would go without so much as a blink.’ I know how true that was. John’s generosity became legendary. He was too warm-hearted to say No. He was always thinking up ways he could help out once he had the money to do it with.”

John Lennon My Brother by Julia Baird with Geoffrey Giuliano