01 October, 2020

He Wasn’t A Walrus

The melodramatic world of the quirky Beatle grins back through atrocious typing, creative spelling and original wit

AFP (From Outlook 28 January 2013)
He Wasn’t A Walrus

This book is for those who’ve done their doctorate in Beatlosophy. Those who know the Beatles story backwards, but still keep begging for more.

When I told George and Olivia Harrison that I’d read everything there was to be read about The Beatles, they exclaimed in unison: “I hope not everything!” I assured them that, mercifully, cheap tabloids from Europe and America did not make their way to India those days. And that what I’d therefore read were mostly proper biographies or autobiographies, with a few coffee-table books thrown in. Some good, some not so good, but most of them quite authentic and credible.

Did I sound like I was name-dropping just there? You bet your sweet Beatle CD collection I was. Just couldn’t think of a more reliable source to stress the importance of reading the ‘real thing’ about The Beatles. And the ‘real thing’ about Lennon cannot get any more real than when written by Lennon himself. Hand-written letters, often illustrated with doodles, sometimes hammered on his typewriter....



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