July 10, 1964: Arriving at Speke [x]
“You’ll be lucky to find a job on the docks because you’re going nowhere. Here at Quarry Bank generally nowhere.”
Paul and Linda in Liverpool, 1995
Stuart Sutcliffe: June 23, 1940 - April 10, 1962
“Not long before he died, he showed up in Liverpool and he went around and hung out with us - almost as if he’d had a premonition that he wasn’t going to see us again. He came to visit me at my house quite apart from when I saw him with the others and it was a very good feeling I got from him.
I didn’t know Stuart was ill, but he was trying to give up smoking. He’d cut his cigarettes up into little bits and every time he fancied a cigarette he’d smoke a little piece, like a dog-end. All the stories make out that somebody kicked him in the head and he died of a haemorrhage, and I do remember him getting beaten up after a gig once in Liverpool - just because he was in a band - but that was a couple of years before.
There was something really warm about his return, and in retrospect I believe he was finishing something.”
“I was triumphant at having picked her up. We had a drink and went back to Stu’s flat, buying fish and chips on the way.” - John Lennon
“There were definitely two sides to John…his softer side came out in his initial love and tenderness for Cynthia.” - Pete Best
“People say Cynthia was a mundane, hometown girl, ‘mumsy’ - your average Mrs Liverpool. That’s a load of nonsense. Cynthia was a highly talented woman in her own right. She painted, she drew, she sculpted, she designed.” - Julia Baird (John’s sister)
“I was hysterical. That was the trouble. I was jealous of anyone she had anything to do with. I demanded absolute trust from her, because I wasn’t trustworthy myself. I was neurotic, taking all my frustrations out on her. She did leave me once. That was terrible. I couldn’t stand being without her.” - John Lennon
“George and Paul both thought it a great laugh that John was so keen on Cynthia, the lovely girl who used to go to art school with him. Even then, four years before they married, they were crazy over each other. Cyn used to travel thirty miles a night from her home in Hoylake just to sit by the stage of the Casbah, listening to John playing with us.” - Ken Brown (former member of the Quarrymen)
“They were totally opposites but right for each other, and although they came from different backgrounds, they were a perfect match. I think they would have obviously taken longer to get married, but it would have happened. They loved each other very much. There was no separating them” - Phyllis McKenzie (mutual friend)
“She was very pretty-Bardot like. I used to look at her from across the canteen and then I heard she had been caught by that shit Lennon. They looked at each other adoringly, totally fixated.” - Michael Isacson
“It was said I never loved Cyn. That’s far from the truth. We were young, bigheaded, and got into a physical relationship too soon. Perhaps if we took things slow we would have made it. I know we would have made it.” - John Lennon (1974)
Quotes taken from Beatles Girls
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
Those young Liverpool lads
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.