'Tune In:' A Long and Winding Book About The Beatles

Saturday, October 26, 2013

In a photograph in the new biography of the Beatles, "Tune In" by historian Mark Lewisohn, John Lennon stands in a Hamburg street in his underwear in the middle of the night, reading a copy of the Daily Express dated October 1960.

"One of the things he read in that paper was that when Eddie Fisher stayed with Elizabeth Taylor when she was in the London Clinic, he slept on the floor in the same room," Mr. Lewisohn said in an interview. "And in 1970, John did the exact same thing with Yoko, in the London Clinic. He slept on the floor." Mr. Lewisohn could just make out the headline "Castro Seizes Envoy" in the photo, so he tracked it down, hoping it would help date the picture. Knowing that John Lennon generally read the Daily Express every day cover to cover, Mr. Lewisohn read that issue, too, wanting to know what Mr. Lennon would have seen. He says he loves the coincidence that Mr. Lennon, unwittingly or not, re-enacted a scene he would have read about a decade before. "I like the parallel that he read it, and then 10 years later did the same thing," he says.

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Source: Wall Street Journal

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