Hornsey Road?

A new stage show produced by Beatle expert Mark Lewisohn sheds some light on a story we thought we knew. From The Guardian

They’ve wrapped up the recording of Abbey Road, which would turn out to be their last studio album, and are awaiting its release in two weeks’ time. Ringo Starr is in hospital, undergoing tests for an intestinal complaint. In his absence, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison convene at Apple’s HQ in Savile Row. John has brought a portable tape recorder. He puts it on the table, switches it on and says: “Ringo – you can’t be here, but this is so you can hear what we’re discussing.”

What they talk about is the plan to make another album – and perhaps a single for release in time for Christmas, a commercial strategy going back to the earliest days of Beatlemania. “It’s a revelation,” Lewisohn says. “The books have always told us that they knew Abbey Road was their last album and they wanted to go out on an artistic high. But no – they’re discussing the next album. And you think that John is the one who wanted to break them up but, when you hear this, he isn’t. Doesn’t that rewrite pretty much everything we thought we knew?”

Full article here, including a link to tour dates for a show I would kill to see.

7 Replies to “Hornsey Road?”

  1. This is a great article. I was waiting for the part where we find out that George and Ringo started the band, and the other two were sort of reluctant hold-outs who only joined so they could get free chips at an obscure Merseyside bar.

    1. Ha ha. I love the part where McCartney shits on George’s songs. Because let’s face it, he only had a handful of good ones in him. The Beatles Channel on SiriusXM confirms that every time I change the station. I do have to wonder how much assistance he got from the real songwriters in the group.

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