Stylish Teddy Boy Ringo
“You’ll be lucky to find a job on the docks because you’re going nowhere. Here at Quarry Bank generally nowhere.”
The Daily Howl | John Lennon
“It was an exercise book filled with his stories, poems, drawings and cartoons. He used to show his work to… Pete Shotton before he let anyone else see it. Pete was his best mate at Quarry Bank and I think John wrote ‘The Daily Howl’ mainly for him.”
- Bill Turner
Scan - “A young George Harrison with his Tony Curtis haircut, bright fluorescent green wasitcoat (under the towel), and skintight jeans. He’s carrying flippers, so he must be off to the swimming pool or the sea. This would be around 1958 or ‘59, when George, Paul, and John were in the Quarrymen skiffle group. I though I’d taken this photograph, but Paul rang up to complain, ‘Hey you bugger lugs! I took that one!’” - Mike McCartney
Photo: Paul McCartney
Aaron Johnson as John Lennon
in Nowhere Boy (2009)
John: “Want a beer?”
Paul: “I’d love a tea.”
I love that they really captured their personalities with those two short lines.
Gah, thats why I thought ey, or:
Aaron: ”You don’t seem like the rock and roll kind of guy.”
Thomas: “Do you mean because I don’t go around smashing things up and acting like a dick?”
Thomas: “No. It’s the music. That’s it. It’s just music. Simple”
So many people don’t realize just how realistic that is, it really struck me.
Dear John, I remember when we first met in Walton, at the Village Fate - it was a beautiful summer day, and I walked in there, and you were on the stage, and you were singing “Come Go With Me” by the Del Vikings. But you didn’t know the words, so you made them up. “Come go with me to the penitentiary,” it’s not in the lyrics.
I remember writing our first songs together. We used to go to my house, my dad’s house, and we used to smoke Taifu tea with this pipe my dad kept in a drawer. It didn’t do much for us, but it got us on the road. We wanted to be famous. I remember the visits to your mum’s house, Julia - she was a very handsome woman, very beautiful woman - she had long red hair, and she played a ukelele. I’d never seen a woman who could do that.
I remember having to tell you the guitar chords, ‘cause you used to play the ukelele chords.
And then on your 21st birthday, you got 100 pounds off of one of your rich relatives up in Edinburough, so we decided we’d go to Spain. So we hitchhiked out of Liverpool, and we got as far as Paris. We decided to stop there for a week, and eventually got our hair cut by a fellow called Jurgen. And that ended up being the Beatle haircut.
I remember introducing you to my mate, George, my schoolmate, and him getting into the group by playing “Raunchy” on the top deck of the bus. You were impressed.
And when we met Ringo, who had been working the whole season at Butlin’s Holiday Camp, he was a seasoned professional.
“When I was about 12. I used to think I must be a genius, but nobody’s noticed. I used to wonder whether I’m a genius or I’m mad, which is it? I used to think, well, I can’t be mad, because nobody’s put me away, therefore, I’m a genius. A genius is a form of madness, and we’re all that way, you know, and I used to be a bit coy about it… If there is such a thing as genius… I am one, and if there isn’t, I don’t care. I used to think it when I was a kid, writing me poetry and doing me paintings. I didn’t become something when the Beatles made it, or when you heard about me, I’ve been like this all my life. Genius is pain, too.”
- John Lennon, 1971
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