In 1965 John Lennon – George Harrison – Cynthia Lennon and Pattie Boyd were having dinner at a dentist friend’s house.
The dentist put LSD in their coffee without telling them first.
When he revealed what he had done John was pissed off and rightly so.
‘How dare you fucking do this to us?’ he said.
Rolling Stone’s Mikal Gilmore has the story and an animated interview with John about their first trip on LSD and the secret history of Revolver:
‘It was as if we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of a horror film’ Cynthia Lennon said.
‘The room seemed to get bigger and bigger’. –
The Beatles and their wives fled Riley’s home in Harrison’s Mini Cooper.
(According to Bury – John and George had earlier indicated a willingness to take LSD if they didn’t know beforehand that it was being administered.)
The Lennons and Harrisons went to Leicester Square’s Ad Lib club.
In the elevator they succumbed momentarily to panic.
‘We all thought there was a fire in the lift’ Lennon told Rolling Stone in 1971.
‘It was just a little red light and we were all screaming – all hot and hysterical’.
Once inside at a table – something like reverie began to take hold instead.
As Harrison told Rolling Stone ‘I had such an overwhelming feeling of well-being – that there was a God and I could see him in every blade of grass.
It was like gaining hundreds of years of experience in 12 hours’.
John Lennon gave his famous interview to Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone magazine at the end of 1970 – a few days before the release of the most important solo-Beatle record – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
Rolling Stone published the interview early the following year – with the album already in the shops.
Between them the record and the interview seemed to round off the 1960s nicely – or nastily come to that.
Many things seemed to do the same of course – but in this case the dating was pretty precise.
It was ten years since John Paul George and Ringo had recorded their first session together at the Akustik – a small studio in Hamburg (apparently a single 78 rpm copy of ‘Summertime’ still survives) –
– and Lennon’s declaration that ‘the dream is over’ in ‘God’ track ten on John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – felt like a speech from the heart at the last-ever anniversary party.
Everybody’s talking about Revolution – evolution – masturbation Flagellation – regulation – integrations Meditations – United Nations Congratulations Imagine Peace.
Appearance: increasingly miffed.
What have Paul McCartney and John Lennon got to be miffed about? Only one of them is still alive. You mean Lennon and McCartney – that’s the way the songwriting Beatles are always credited.
Alphabetically? Seems fair. True — but Macca is unhappy about taking second billing on songs he wrote.
Oh, let it be. Exactly. That was a song to which Lennon contributed nothing, but which still gets attributed to Lennon/McCartney. Worse – in the digital age – in some online lists you get Lennon … and no McCartney.
This bird has flown. Maybe, but in an interview in this month’s Esquire magazine, he complains not just about coming second on the credit but that the canonisation of Lennon after his murder in 1980 reduced his own creative roles to the margins. ‘I understood that now there was going to be revisionism’ he says. ‘It was going to be: John was the one’.
Nowhere man? That’s the way Paul feels.
Jealous guy. That’s how the Lennonists see it.
We can work it out. I hope so.
All you need is love. Quite.
All things must pass. Actually that one was written by George. Even so – it doesn’t look as if McCartney will be backing down any time soon.
(ed:..sheesh paul..!..maybe you need a good strong joint..eh..?..to chill out..you are sounding like a moaning bitter old man..and yes you banged out some good ditties..but john was the thinking/political one..wasn’t he..?
(nb:..mccartney claims he has given up on the herb..he needs to rethink that stance..)