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monkberrymoon-delight · 3 days ago
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my favourite tags on my get back gifs  PART 4 (of many)
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todosphotos · 2 days ago
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Get Back Paul
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stewy · 23 hours ago
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no-reply95 · a day ago
Beatles Tumblr, we made it!
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The @amoralto post they linked to can be found here and the reply was based on John’s account commemorating the first release of John’s interview with Jann Wenner for Rolling Stone in 1971.
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reflectismo · 19 hours ago
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The Beatles in Wigan, October 13, 1964.
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sgt-paul · 2 days ago
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rolloroberson · a day ago
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The Beatles recording at Apple Studios circa January 22, 1969 at Savile Row during the Get Back/Let it Be sessions. This was Billy Preston’s first day in the studio and he brought impeccable musicianship and much needed enthusiasm. The Beatles concentrated on ‘Dig A Pony’, ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ and ‘All I Want is You.’ Photography by © Ethan A. Russell/copyright Apple Corps Ltd.
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rubbersouls · a day ago
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kombination-of-lifes · 2 days ago
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Episode : Don’t Bother Me
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thebeatlesbw · 13 hours ago
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monkberrymoon-delight · 2 days ago
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my favourite tags on my get back gifs  PART 5 (of many)
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harrisonarchive · a day ago
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The Beatles with Billy Preston during the Get Back sessions, January 1969; photo by Ethan Russell.
“I was on tour with Ray Charles, and we were in London. George Harrison was at the concert and thought, ‘Hey, that looks like Billy Preston!’ So he called around and found out that it was me. He called me at the hotel and invited me over to see the guys. When I got there, they were filming Let It Be and recording and all. We started reminiscing and playing old rock n roll songs. They said, ‘Sit in. You want to stay and help us finish the album? Take a solo.’ They just made me a member of the band. I was in the Beatle office every day, had breakfast with them, and lunch. It was exciting, you know? Fabulous!” - Billy Preston, Ticket To Ride: A Celebration Of The Beatles (1989)
“Billy Preston came into our office and I pulled him into the studio and got him on electric piano. And suddenly, everybody started behaving and not fooling around so much.” - George Harrison, 1992; interview published in Guitar World, January 2001
“I put a message out to find out if Billy was in town, and told him to come into Savile Row, which he did. He came in while we were down in the basement, running through Get Back, and I went up to reception and said, ‘Come in and play on this because they’re all acting strange.’ He was all excited. I knew the others loved Billy anyway, and it was like a breath of fresh air. […] Billy came down and I said, ‘Remember Billy? Here he is — he can play the piano.’ He got on the electric piano, and straight away there was 100% improvement in the vibe in the room. Having this fifth person was just enough to cut the ice that we’d created among ourselves.” - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology (2000)
“Mal Evans had told me that they had been going through a lot of depression and that he was glad that I came around, because it gave them a lot of life. It made them happy a little bit.“ - Billy Preston, Ticket To Ride: A Celebration Of The Beatles (1989)
“[Billy Preston]’s a tremendous inspiration to work with.” - George Harrison, Disc & Music Echo, 5 July 1969 (x)
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thebeatlesownmyheart · a day ago
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beatlesincolour · 2 days ago
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paulmcbeardys · a day ago
Visionner « The Beatles - Famous 'Mockers' Interview 1964 » sur YouTube
I love this little interview☺️
Ringo is so serious 😂
Paul looks so shy🤭
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beatlepaul4ever · a day ago
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The Beatles and their fine big hairy asses.
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no-reply95 · 22 hours ago
Allen Klein: How did he win over John, George and Ringo?
I think Allen Klein is one of the people in the Beatles story that most needs to be re-examined. We know how the story unfolds (the Beatles breakup, managerial split with John, George and Ringo in 1973 and the subsequent lawsuit) but none of them, including Paul, knew how things would progress once Klein became Beatles manager. Ultimately, John, George and Ringo would have never argued for Klein to be manager if they knew the division it would cause for the band, so why did they vouch for him?
I've collated some quotes, many from the Beatles themselves, along with my own thoughts to try to explain the main factors behind why Klein was favoured, over the Eastmans, by John, George and Ringo.
"Paul used Klein's success against Epstein. One time in a crowded elevator, surrounded by the other Beatles, Paul said to him, "Yeah, well Klein got the Stones a quarter and a million, didn't he? What about us?"
John McMillian, Beatles vs Stones, 2013
"How much were you making in that period?
I don’t know, I just know it was millions. Brian was a not a good businessman. He had a flair for presenting things, he was more theatrical than business. He was hyped a lot. He was advised by a gang of crooks, really. That’s what went on, and the battle is still going on for the Beatles’ rights. The latest one is the Lew Grade thing. If you read Cashbox you’ll see what’s happening – we’ve put in a claim to Lew Grade for five million pounds [$12,000,000], in unpaid royalties. They have been underpaying us for years. Dick James – the whole lot of them – sold us out."
Jann Wenner Interview with John Lennon, 1970
"Paul, George and Ringo get to meet Klein and he begins to act as if he is half-hired but maybe not. He says he will save Northern Songs from the wicked Lew Grade. He says he will buy NEMS Enterprises. He says he will take EMI to the cleaners. In the end he doesn't save Northern Songs and he doesn't buy NEMS Enterprises, but takes EMI to the cleaners and to hell and back...
Klein tells George he will get him more money and he tells Ringo the same. He tells them all that there are four first-class Beatles, not two and John doesn't mind being told this. Paul doesn't like any of it, none of it."
Derek Taylor, As Time Goes By, 1972
Whatever happens, you know, it's gonna be okay. In fact, it's never looked better from my point of view. It's really -- It's very good now -- in very good shape, the companies are in great shape. Apple Films, Apple Records. My song company is in good shape because I've been more productive over the last year or so. It's really good we got back a lot of money that a lot of people had that was ours; a lot of percents that different people had. And it's really..."
Q: "Did Klein do all of that for you?"
GEORGE: "Mmmm."
Q: "Were you really that broke, or were all of you just crying poor."
GEORGE: "We weren't broke, we'd earned a lot of money but we didn't actually have the money that we'd earned, you know. It was floating around, because the contracts... The structure of everything, you know, right back -- that's really the history -- Since 1962 the way everything was structured was just freaky, you know. None of us knew anything about it. We just spent money when we wanted to spend money, but we didn't know where we were spending it from, or if we payed taxes on it, you know. We were really in bad shape as far as that was concerned,
Howard Smith Interview with George Harrison, 1970
"Back in the car, George brushes his long hair out of his face, pinning it behind his ears. He talks about how much Allen Klein has done for Apple Records. "I wish he was our manager nine years ago," George says. For its first year of Apple's existence, he says, Paul ran the company almost single-handedly and Apple lost more than $1,000,000."
Al Aronowitz Interview with George Harrison, 1970
"We got screwed for millions, but in the end it wasn’t worth suing everybody. We’d never get it all back and it would take such time. We knew most of them would in the end get away with it. It was all Brian’s fault. He was green. I always said that about Brian. Green."
Paul McCartney, Private Call with Hunter Davies, 1981
The reality was that, even before Brian's death, the Beatles were resentful of the fact that several people were making money off their hard work and they didn't believe they were getting their due. Despite their status as the biggest band in the world, the Beatles' EMI royalties paled in comparison to the Rolling Stones' rates from Decca, as negotiated by Allen Klein. The band's mounting frustration at being short-changed and Brian's seeming inability to bully extra money out of EMI and Dick James, made Allen Klein an alluring prospect, years before he was ever formally introduced to the group.
There's also the simple fact of the wealth inequality within the band. John and Paul, as the principal songwriters, were the most wealthy, while George and Ringo, with significantly less songwriting credits and lower stakes in Northern Songs, were significantly less wealthy. Having a manager come in and promise them all "fuck you money" would have been attractive to all the band, but especially George and Ringo, Klein zeroing in on their diminished financial security and promising that their financial future would be prioritised would have been a significant factor in George and Ringo's decision to side with John in choosing Klein.
After Brian's death, the setting up of Apple was finalised and it begun its mission to be a beacon of "Western Communism" and a harbour for the Beatles' fortune. However, the Beatles were not businessmen, neither were the entourage that they hired to help with the running of the company, so it wasn't long before Apples finances started spiralling out of control and money was haemorrhaged funding Magic Alex's inventions, the Apple clothing store and other similar ventures. As we saw in Get Back, by January 1969 all the Beatles were well aware that they did need someone in charge to help organise their Empire for them. Allen Klein, as an accountant by trade and someone with experience of managing the affairs of big musical acts, was primed to come into Apple. Having started Apple, a business, based on idealism, once the reality of the financial aspect of running a company came into focus, all the Beatles were desperate to offload the financial responsibility of the company to a third party, Allen Klein seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
"And one of the early things that impressed me about Allen -- and obviously it was a kind of flattery as well -- was that he really knew which stuff I'd written. Not many people knew which was my song and which was Paul's, but he'd say, 'Well, McCartney didn't write that line, did he?' I thought, anybody who knows me this well, just by listening to records, is pretty perceptive. I'm not the easiest guy to read, although I'm fairly naive and open in some ways, and I can be conned easily. But in other ways I'm quite complicated, and it's not easy to get through all the defenses and see what I'm like. Allen knew to come to me and not to go to Paul, whereas somebody like Lew Grade or Eastman would have gone to Paul."
Peter McCabe Interview with John Lennon, 1971
"Klein never knew his mother, who died when he was young. Lennon's mother Julia had died in a road traffic accident when he was seventeen. Klein's father, a Jewish-Hungarian immigrant, worked in a butcher's shop, and since he couldn't afford to raise four children on his own, had placed the infant Allen in an orphanage, where he remained until he was at least nine (some sources say older). Eventually he was placed in the custody of an aunt (just like Lennon had been)."
Ken McNab, And In The End, 2019
"I think I'll go with Klein because John's with him and he seemed to talk pretty straight... it was much easier if we went with him too"
George Harrison, Beatles Anthology, 2000
"Allen is the first to really take a personal interest in me," George says."
Al Aronowitz Interview with George Harrison, 1970
Q: "There seems like there's so much animosity between Paul and..."
GEORGE: Yeah."
Q: "You know, you three... I mean, it sounds like he is saying it's all over."
GEORGE: "But it's more of a personal thing, you know. That's down to the management situation, you know, with Apple. Because Paul, really -- It was his idea to do Apple, and once it started going Paul was very active in there. And then it got really chaotic and we had to do something about it. When we started doing something about it, obviously Paul didn't have as much say in the matter, and then he decided... you know, because he wanted Lee Eastman his in-laws to run it and we didn't. Then that's the only reason, you know. That's the whole basis. But that's only a personal problem that he'll have to get over because that's... The reality is that he's out-voted and we're a partnership. We've got these companies which we all own 25 percent of each, and if there's a decision to be made then, like in any other business or group you have a vote, you know. And he was out-voted 3 to 1 and if he doesn't like it, it's really a pity. You know, because we're trying to do what's best for the Beatles as a group, or best for Apple as a company. We're not trying to do what's best for Paul and his in-laws, you know."
Howard Smith Interview with George Harrison, 1970
“I was very upset when they said I was just trying to bring in Lee Eastman, because he’s my in-law. As if I’d just bring in a member of the family, for no reason. They’d known me twenty years, yet they thought that. I couldn’t believe it.
Paul McCartney, Private Call with Hunter Davies, 1981
"I liked Allen. He was a lot of fun, and he knew the record business"
Ringo Starr, Beatles Anthology, 2000
Klein had been public about his wish to sign the Beatles, well before Brian's death so it's likely that he would have spent years researching the band: reading articles, reading contracts and, most likely of all, reading the Beatles' Authorised Biography to get a sense of the personalities of the band and how to get an in with them. As telegraphed in the Authorised Biography, Klein was able to exploit John's inherent need to be recognised as the leader. Klein's flattery of John by, not only having an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Lennon-McCartney catalogue but by also being able to accurately (according to John) distinguish John's contributions from Paul's was exactly the confidence boost John needed after years of LSD use destroying his ego and seeing his dominance of the band's output diminish. Given John's tendency to be more personal in his lyrics, it's not surprising that John took Klein's deep understanding of his songs as confirmation of Klein's deep understanding of him as a person, which would have given John a level of personal investment in Klein, similar to the one he shared with Brian, making it hard for him to see past him as manager.
As well as Klein boasting a deep understanding of John's artistry, he also shared a similar tragic background. Like John, Klein hadn't been raised by his parents and had been left in the care of an aunt. John's childhood abandonment affected him for the rest of his life and the fact that both he and Paul shared the experience of losing a mother, at a young age, played a part in why they were able to form such a strong bond. Similarly for John, meeting Klein, a man who knew the same pain of abandonment but had risen to a prominent position in the music business, must have fostered a trust and given strength to John's conviction that Klein was the right person for the job.
For the rest of the band, there was also a sense that once John was convinced by Klein, it was worth following his lead and also adopting him into the inner circle. Mal had initially become friendly with Paul before being embraced by the rest of the band; Magic Alex had initially made a personal connection with John before the others became aware of him and George had been the first Beatle to start following the teachings of the Maharishi, before convincing the rest of the band. There wasn't a reason why Paul, George and Ringo should treat John's fascination with Klein any differently.
For George and Ringo, there was also the fact that, due to their position as "second class Beatles" they'd been overlooked, by people like George Martin and Dick James. Klein made sure to rectify this and ensure his attentions were divided equally amongst the band. George and Ringo felt seen under Klein's management and that he, unlike many others before him, paid a personal interest in them - he understood what they both wanted out of their careers (promoting George's music, getting Ringo movie parts) and was bullish in his promises to make their dreams a reality. With the personal attentions of Klein behind them, now George and Ringo, like John, had a personal stake in seeing Klein installed as the new manager.
Whilst Klein was building personal connections to John, George and Ringo, he wasn't the only person suggested for the role of Beatles manager. The Eastmans (Lee and John) were experienced entertainment lawyers from New York, like Klein, but, unlike Klein, they were Paul's in-laws which immediately nixed any appearance of impartiality in the eyes of the other Beatles. In the face of Klein's obvious attributes, it seemed like the only real reason why Paul would prefer the Eastmans would be due to their position as his in-laws. Given Paul's dominance in the studio and in the direction of the band, it's not surprising that John, George and Ringo were wary of Paul having even more leverage via the appointment of the Eastmans. Logically, it's possible that there would also be concerns due to the fact that Paul and Linda had not even been together for a year before her father and brother were suggested as the new managers of Apple. Given the shock that accompanied the end of Paul's relationship with Jane Asher, there was no guarantee that Paul's relationship with Linda would last. If the Beatles signed with the Eastmans and Paul and Linda broke up, where would that leave the band? Was it wise to tie the future of the biggest band in the world to the likelihood that Paul could finally commit and settle down with one woman? Ultimately, John, George and Ringo didn't see the benefit of going with the Eastmans, given their personal ties to Paul and were much more comfortable signing Klein, who, unlike the Eastmans, was an uncomplicated and independent choice.
"The cleverest man in show business. And he's not a gangster" Donovan, Melody Maker, 1966
Ringo: "a conman who's on our side for a change"
Get Back Sessions, January 1969
"Decades later in Anthology Harrison argued that he chose Klein over Eastman because Klein, the self-made man, presented himself as a less class conscious, elitist option."
Erin Torkelson Weber, The Beatles and the Historians, 2016
"There was a whole lot of action going on at the time. Besides Allen Klein, there was John Eastman, Paul’s brother-in-law, who was also looking to be the manager.
Anyway, we met with Allen Klein and we were convinced by him. Well, I was convinced by him, and John too. My impression of him when I first met him was: brash – ‘I’ll get it done, lads.’ Lots of enthusiasm. A good guy, with a pleasant attitude about himself in a really gross New York way. So the decision was him or him – and I picked him. That was two of us – and George did the same."
Ringo Starr, Beatles Anthology, 2000
Q: "Let's talk about Allen Klein. He has a reputation as a tough wheeler-dealer in the music business. What made you decide to have him as your manager?"
JOHN: "Well, Allen's human, whereas Eastman and all them other people are automatons.
Peter McCabe Interview with John Lennon, 1971
By the point the debate over whether Klein or the Eastmans should be manager of the band had started, the political landscape of the Establishment (the "straights") versus the Anti-Establishment (the counterculture) had already become entrenched. Even before Klein was signed by the Beatles he had a reputation as a "gangster", he was famous for getting the best royalty rates out of record companies for his clients. Klein may not have been loved by the Establishment press for his practices but he was happy to market himself as a countercultural hero and that was a strong appeal to John, George and Ringo.
The Beatles had experience of being taken advantage of by the Establishment figures who had claimed to be on their side, EMI wouldn't pay them the royalties they deserved, Dick James had betrayed the band by selling his shares in Northern Songs to Lew Grade, without first consulting John and Paul, several companies had sprung up to take advantage of Beatlemania by selling Beatles merchandise and a significant portion of those profits were never seen by the band. It's not a surprise that the band were left jaded by the handling of their business affairs, since working and trusting Establishment figures had seen them taken advantage of, acquiriing the services of a "conman", on their side for a change, would have been a tough opportunity to pass up. Klein was able to negotiate higher royalty rates from EMI, even Paul had to admit that he had done well on this deal, so in the face of Klein's proven ability to get the Beatles the bigger slice of the pie they had always craved from the Establishment, it's clear why John. George and Ringo were happy to make Klein their champion.
In terms of a comparison to the Eastmans, Klein's proven Anti-Establishment credentials seemed to contrast with the Eastman's wealth and good reputation. There wasn't a perception of the Eastmans being gangsters or necessarily being tough-talking. While Klein had already connected with John on their similar shared familial and working-class background, the Eastmans, instead, gave off the air of the middle class and of upward class mobility - once Neil Aspinall discovered the fact that the Eastmans had originally been called Epstein but, unlike Brian, had seemingly rejected their Jewish roots in a bid to fit in more with the Establishment, it was impossible for John, George and Ringo to trust them. Klein had been open about his rags to riches background, the Eastmans had changed their names to keep up the pretence of their middle-class status - how could they be trusted if they couldn't even be honest about who they were?
There's also indications that, prior to Klein or the Eastmans involvement with the Beatles, they had crossed paths and there was bad blood between them. Given John, George and Ringo's personal connection with Klein and them being convinced of his Anti-Establishment credibility, the obvious pre-existing conflict with the Eastmans would have only served to further paint them as the enemy. Klein was John, George and Ringo's Anti-Establishment hero, who would go to battle for them against the Establishment. The Eastmans had sold their soul to ensure their place as part of the Establishment and the animus between them and Klein, would have looked to John, George and Ringo as the natural result of their polarised positions against Klein and, by extension, the rest of the band.
Ultimately, if we disregard the hindsight that we bring to our understanding of Klein and the decision to go with him over the Eastmans, it becomes clearer why John, George and Ringo chose him as manager, over the Eastmans, and why, even after the band split, they continued to trust him to manage their affairs. Given the benefit of hindsight, John, George and Ringo would come to acknowledge that Paul was right in his assessment that Klein was not the correct choice as manager. Although the Eastmans did, and continue to this day, to manage Paul successfully, they position as his in-laws also makes them an unsuitable choice as managers of the band. It seems the best option wasn't Klein or the Eastmans but an independent third party with the experience to credibly manage the band. Who knows how things might have been different if the ideal candidate was found in 1969.
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rubbersouls · 22 hours ago
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nicgreen214 · 2 days ago
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John and Ringo with Cynthia at the party in NYC after the first appearance of The Beatles at The Ed Sullivan Show, February 9th 1964
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