Cover-up?…

Featured below (as you’ll most probably already be aware) is the front-cover of The Beatles’ second album, ‘With The Beatles,’ released in 1963…

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As you can see at the very top of this site – ‘The Occult Beatles’ – there’s a different version of this photo, of my own making, recreated specifically to serve as the header banner because, to my mind’s eye, it conveys a neat enough representation of what the ‘occult’ in ‘Beatles’ may be. We have John, Paul, George and Ringo photographed in black and white, two shades so prevalent in esoteric iconography (such as in Freemasonry of course), considered to be, symbolically, dual opposites (i.e. white is said to be the symbol for good and black for evil). Additionally, all four band-members are partly hidden from us, obscured by a shadow presence and, of course, each of them is looking at us with one eye, a hugely prevalent occurrence in images of modern-day music-stars, constantly flagged up by researchers, reporters and commentators looking into the occultic and dark elements of the entertainment industry. The photo-session that spawned the picture for the album-cover was conducted by British photographer, Robert Freeman, in, it’s said, August of ’63 with the LP being unleashed to the public in November of that year. Now, here’s a thing. Over a year earlier, in February ’62 apparently, came the release of the French short-movie, ‘La Jetée.’ And here’s a screengrab from it… Look familiar?….la jetee beatles

Directed by French film-maker, Chris Marker, ‘La Jetée’ (translated into English: ‘The Jetty’) tells the story of a man in a post-nuclear war world who’s forced to undergo time-travel and, as a result, reaches back into the past and also communicates with the future which is where he sees the four faces in the screengrab above. Now, I don’t know about you, but I can’t help feeling a little spooked by this picture, that’s when I look at it within the context of the ‘With The Beatles’ album-cover. Did Robert Freeman, or indeed The Beatles, purposely aim towards recreating this scene from La Jetée, perhaps for some esoteric purpose – especially for those with ‘the eyes to see’ as it were? Well, based on what I’ve been able to gather thus far, no one who was closely involved with the making of the LP has ever mentioned it being a nod or a wink to this movie. Also, as far as I can tell, having watched it, I myself haven’t spotted any clues towards this direction. Nevertheless, further on down this page, there’s a synopsis of it and I’ll leave you to determine whether or not anything of an intentionally occult nature connecting it to the band is there or not… Or, are we looking at what some might no doubt describe as ‘coincidence’? 81dw02lpj6l._ri_sx300_For now though, here’s a little of what we know (or, let’s say, what we’ve been told); According to McCartney, the photo-session for the cover took place in a hotel in the UK town of Bournemouth. In his authorised 1997 biography ‘Many Years from Now,’ authored by his old friend Barry Miles, Paul claims that Robert, to the band as a whole, was considered “much more one of us than the other photographers we’d had. Apparently, a lot of photographers are still trying to work out how he did the famous one on the With the Beatles sleeve with the half-light on the faces. It was in a hotel and we had an hour in which he could take our picture. He pulled out four chairs and arranged us in a hotel corridor; it was very un-studio-like. The corridor was rather dark and there was a window at the end, and by using this heavy source of natural light coming from the right, he got that photo. He got this very moody picture which people think he must have worked at for ever and ever in great technical detail. But it was an hour. He sat down, took a couple of rolls and he had it.” Freeman has a slightly different recollection although he too has said the session took place in the hotel, but in the dining-room, not a corridor. “The ‘With The Beatles’ album-cover was taken soon after I met them for the first time in Bournemouth. Since the photograph was needed urgently, I had to improvise a studio situation in the hotel. The dining-room was the most suitable location. There was a broadside light from the windows and a deep maroon curtain that could be pulled behind them to create a dark background. They came down at midday wearing their black polo-necked sweaters. It seemed natural to photograph them in black and white wearing their customary dark clothes. It gave unity to the image. There was no makeup, hairdresser or stylist – just myself, The Beatles and a camera… They had to fit into the square format of the cover, so rather than have them all in a line, I put Ringo in the bottom right corner. He was the last to join the group, he was the shortest and he was the drummer! Even so, he still had to bend his knees to get to the right level – and look natural!” Apparently, so happy were The Beatles with the LP’s cover-photo that, prior to the album’s release, they became engaged in, Barry Miles’s words, “a full-scale battle” with ‘EMI,’ their record-company because it was “strongly opposed” to the picture describing it “as ‘shockingly humourless’ and one marketing executive said, ‘where is the fun? Why are they looking so grim? We want to project happy Beatles for happy fans.’” Also, “Freeman says that… EMI objected to using a black and white photograph for the cover.” So, whatever the intention behind the photo chosen for the album-cover (whether occult or not), if we’re to believe Barry Miles in his McCartney-sanctioned biography, the band – and their management too – felt so strongly and passionately about this that they took on the might and influence of a record-company as huge as EMI until they got what they wanted. Others might indeed have given up long before, thinking, ‘hey, it’s only an album-cover!’ For whatever reason though, Freeman’s black ‘n’ white shadow photograph is the image the band wanted to convey to the public, to the point of a ‘full-scale battle.’ Just a couple of years later, Robert also photographed and designed the front of The Beatles’ ‘Help!’ album, a cover that conjures up very potent comparisons with the doctrines of infamous occultist, Aleister Crowley… But that’s for another article perhaps. So, looking back at ‘With The Beatles,’ judging by McCartney’s comments regarding how the front-photo for that LP came to be, I’m left with the impression that it was quite accidental, certainly unplanned. However, according to a couple of sites I’ve come across on the ‘net, and Freeman’s own recollections too, this might not exactly be the case. For a start, Robert, who, I’m led to understand, was famed back in the 1960s for his black and white photographs of famous Jazz musicians including John Coltrane, was tracked down specifically because of this by The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein when he was looking for someone to come up with a cover for the ‘With The Beatles’ album, and Freeman has recalled, “this cover shot was an extension of my black and white Jazz photography.” Secondly – and here’s where my search for any notable/significant links between the LP cover-photo and the image from La Jetée has resulted in some info of a possibly tangible nature – it’s been claimed that all or some of the members of the band wanted Robert to recreate the look of photographs that had been taken of them during their pre-fame days in Hamburg, Germany by their German artist friend, Astrid Kircherr – such as these ones perhaps, shot in 1962 (bear with me here, I do explain why this might matter, why it might be tangible)…

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Astrid herself has said, “I met Bob Freeman once, and I like his work. His other pictures are great but I’ve got this idea, and I don’t know if it’s true, that The Beatles told him to take a picture like Astrid used to do because that half-lit idea was not his style at all.” This might matter, it might be tangible due to the fact that a German friend of hers and The Beatles, by the name of Jurgen Vollmer, went on to work during the 1960s for famed photographer, William Klein, who, would you believe, is also one of La Jetée’s faces from the future as depicted in the earlier screengrab here. In fact, this is him (so I’m led to understand)…

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Jurgen, same as Astrid, pursued photography and first came to know The Beatles in 1960 when the as-yet-famous band were labouring away honing their musical skills in the clubs and bars of Hamburg. From what I can gather from a number of sources available online, by 1961, just a year or so before the release of La Jetée, he became an assistant to William in Paris. Is it possible that Vollmer recommended Kircherr’s black and white ideas to the movie’s director Chris Marker – perhaps via Klein – prior to or even during the making of the film-short, and also, were John, Paul, George or Ringo privy to that? I’ve yet to find any information to confirm all or some of this, but it is possible I suppose. Certainly, if any of this can be corroborated, it takes the similarities displayed in the earlier screengrab and the front-cover of ‘With The Beatles’ out of the realms of ‘coincidence.’

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Paul visits Jurgen in Paris in 1961

Unfortunately, any more info connecting The Beatles personally to La Jetée and/or its makers hasn’t materialised during my research. In a bid to remedy this, I considered sending maybe an e-mail or private ‘FaceBook’ message to either Jurgen or his former boss, William Klein and asking them outright (why not?), but I was unable to do so in the end as it appears both guys don’t have websites. I’m also at a loss in seeing any occult clues linking the band to the narrative of the film or its imagery (with the exception of the screengrab earlier in this article). But, of course, that might be just me failing to spot the signs, so, please, do take a look yourself and share any information or ideas you might come up with here at ‘The Occult Beatles’ via the ‘comments’ box (or, alternatively, you can e-mail me – Matt – at: conspiromail@gmail.com).

So, as promised, here’s a brief synopsis of the 26-minute film, which was constructed almost entirely from still photos – and that you can watch in its entirety below… (Incidentally, the entire plot of the film including its ending isn’t revealed in the synopsis in case you’d like to watch the movie and don’t want your viewing of it spoilt)…

As mentioned earlier, La Jetée is set in a post-nuclear war world and the film’s story is told through narration by William Klein.

We see Paris in ruins, destroyed by the Third World War. Many have died. Some believe themselves to be victors. Others have been taken prisoner. The survivors have gone underground, settling beneath the French city which has become riddled with radioactivity as has the rest of the planet. The prisoners down below are subjected to experiments by the victors who stand guard over them:jet1

The story of La Jetée centres on one of the guinea pigs up for experimentation…jet2

He’s frightened. He’s heard about the ‘Head Experimenter’ – The mad scientist, but what he gets instead is a reasonable, calm man who explains to him that the human race is doomed. The only hope of saving it is by travelling through a loophole in time, where it might be possible to reach food, medicine and sources of energy. This is the aim of the experiments; to send people into the past and future for the benefit of the present. So far there’s been little to no success, but this particular guinea pig – the protagonist of this story – is different to the others because he’s obsessed with an image from his past, an image the victors have identified from reading his mind. And so, the experiment goes ahead as planned…jet3

On the tenth day of this, images begin to appear, images in peacetime; children, countryside, birds, a girl on a jetty… She smiles at our protagonist from a car…jet4

As the experiment continues and he drifts in a trance back to his present and to the past again, he sees more of the girl from the jetty. They meet, befriend each other and form a relationship, its exact nature not explained fully…jet5

This is the starting point of a whole series of experiments for our protagonist who meets the girl in them again and again.jet6

When she sees him, she calls him her ghost. She accepts as a natural phenomenon the ways of this visitor – our protagonist – who comes and goes, who exists, talks, laughs with her, listens to her, then disappears.

Then, back in the experiment-room, in the present, back deep below the radiation-infested city of Paris, his masters plan to transport him to the future. He then realises he’ll never see the girl again…jet7

And so, he is transported to the future: Paris rebuilt. Others are waiting for him. It’s a brief encounter…la jetee beatles

Back in the present our protagonist awaits a dark, doomed fate from his masters who have no more use of him. But then, the figures from the future, who can also travel through time, visit him and invite him to join them, to be one of them. But he has a different request; He wants to return to the girl from the past. And so, he is taken back to her, on the jetty, from his memories…

Watch La Jetée, the movie, here:

 

 

 

REFERENCE LINKS

http://www.masonicworld.com/education/files/apr02/include/colour_symbolism_in_freemasonry.htm

http://freemasoninformation.com/2009/03/the-checkered-flooring/

https://www.hamiltondistrictcmasons.org/upload/lecture_file87.pdf

http://secularfreemason.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-masonic-chequeredcheckerboard-floor.html

https://www.myfreemasonry.com/threads/what-does-the-checkered-pavement-symbolize.12461/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/With_the_Beatles

https://www.beatlesbible.com/albums/with-the-beatles/2/

http://www.wingspan.ru/bookseng/myfn/bmiles04.html

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056119/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_ov_inf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Jet%C3%A9e

https://www.amazon.com/Beatles-Private-View-Robert-Freeman/dp/1592261760

McCartney.com: Robert Freeman – All You Need Is News!

https://www.elsewhere.co.nz/absoluteelsewhere/505/astrid-kirchherr-beatles-photographer-interviewed-1994-young-free-and-wild/

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https://books.google.de/books?id=KbY5AQAAQBAJ&pg=PT223&lpg=PT223&dq=jurgen+vollmer+beatles+william+klein&source=bl&ots=oGhY-t7CuD&sig=8Jk4XWI3mDyYOfHohWMmC0p_Tl0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiiyenXzOrfAhW0hqYKHfVUA0IQ6AEwDXoECAQQAQ#v=onepage&q=jurgen%20vollmer%20beatles%20william%20klein&f=false

https://books.google.de/books?id=1BMCBQAAQBAJ&pg=PT86&lpg=PT86&dq=the+beatles+William+Klein&source=bl&ots=edNMK_Faan&sig=h62dunYI-EpqM5sBB_FrlrwSAc4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjZzfC6yerfAhVFhqQKHVBsD1o4ChDoATAIegQIAxAB#v=onepage&q=the%20beatles%20William%20Klein&f=false

http://citizenuniverse.blogspot.com/2007/05/real-wild-child-by-wendy-cavenett-in.html

 

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The Number 9, and, a Date with Destiny? The Lennon Assassination 38 Years On…

John Lennon – born in Liverpool, England, October 9th 1940, assassinated in New York, United States, 1980 December 8th – or, in accordance with the UK time-zone/difference, the 9th

The ninth. Nine. By Lennon’s estimations, a deeply significant number in his eventful life. Of course, if you’re an avid Beatles fan and/or aficionado, then you’ll most probably be aware of this. The reason I raise it here in this particular post, within the month of the 38th anniversary of John’s death, is that it ties into a recently re-released podcast hosted by broadcaster Richard Syrett of ‘The Conspiracy Show’ website. In an interview first published some years back with the late R. Gary Patterson, who was author of the books ‘Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Rock and Roll Myths, Legends and Curses’ and ‘The Walrus Was Paul,’ the subject weaves between the suspicious circumstances surrounding Lennon’s death, his seemingly deep connection to the aforementioned ‘number nine,’ and, of specific interest to me personally at this point in in my research of John and The Beatles, this increasing knowledge I’m gaining that, either, he had some decades-old premonition of his untimely death, or, had come into contact with esoteric indicators/signs/symbols that, at least on face-value perhaps, alluded to this.

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“Laurel and Hardy, that’s John and Yoko. And we stand a better chance under that guise ‘cuz the serious people like Martin Luther King and Kennedy and Ghandi got shot.”

The words of John Lennon during a UK radio-interview back in May 1969, just a couple or so months following his and his then new-wife Yoko’s famous ‘Bed-in’ for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton hotel in the Netherlands, Europe. Forty-nine years later, this quote from Lennon comes with a certain sting, given how he ended up in December ‘80. Now, were these the words of a man just talking off the top of his head, as it were? The sweeping, unconsidered ramblings of an attention-seeking, egotistical famous Rock-star maybe in search of a catchy, snappy – and provocative – little buzz-phrase that’ll hopefully guarantee him some top headline space in the newspapers and on radio and TV, and also, gain more publicity for his on-going media-fuelled campaign pitted against the machinations of the so-called ‘powers that be’? Or maybe he was speaking with some genuine fear for his safety? I mean, there he was, back in the late 1960s, making public his voice of criticism of the Vietnam War and coming out with statements like, “our society is run by insane people for insane objectives… I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends.” Here was one of the most famous men in the world, and at the peak of his influential powers, using that unique position to speak down the ‘Establishment,’ the very system, perhaps, that socially-engineered him into a top billing on the international stage (in effect, he was betraying his ‘masters’?). Can he really be blamed for comparing his possible fate to those of the slain Kennedy, King and Ghandi? Lennon is reported to have said in 1972, and this was during the period when he was being surveilled by the FBI let’s take into account, “listen, if anything happens to Yoko and me, it was not an accident.” It’s perhaps easy to envision then why Lennon talked about the prospect of becoming the target of somebody’s gun, especially when you consider it within the context of his life between 1969 and ’72, a time when not only was he was criticising the US’s involvement in Vietnam and those in the corridors of power but was engaged in numerous other causes and campaigns of an anti ‘Establishment’ flavour. Moving it back now, to 1966, a few short years before he became so involved with such activities, and it would appear perhaps that this fear of his, of being gunned down, was there too, well, if we’re to believe what his first, former wife, Cynthia, has recalled, for one. In her book, ‘John,’ she transports us to ‘66, in the midst of the ‘Beatles bigger than Jesus’ episode, when the band, during their US tour of that year, we’re told, were subjected to intense outrage bordering on the almost chillingly violent, particularly in the Christian-heavy Deep South of the country, all as a result of a magazine-interview that year in which The Beatles were described as being more popular than Christ in a comment by John.  Just prior to his American visit, according to Cynthia, who was married to him at that time, “he’d received a letter from a psychic, warning that he would be shot while he was in the States. We were both upset by that: The Beatles were about to do their… tour of the States… He had just made his infamous remark about The Beatles being more popular than Christ and the world was in uproar about it – cranky letters and warnings arrived by every post. But that one had stuck in his mind. Afraid as he was, he went on the tour, and apologised reluctantly for the remark.” When he returned from the American visit “in one piece, we were both relieved.” They both assumed that “the warning referred to that trip” in ’66 in amidst all the outrage that was going on. But what if it wasn’t as specific as that? Having not read this said mail from the psychic myself, I can only try and guess what exactly the content of it was, in particular, the precise nature of this warning that John was to be gunned down in the States, I mean, he might have remained “in one piece” in ’66 but 14 years later, he was indeed shot there. Furthermore, Cynthia recalled that “the psychic’s warning remained” in her then-husband’s “mind and from then on it seemed that he was looking over his shoulder, waiting for the gunman to appear. He often used to say, ‘I’ll be shot one day.’” R. Gary Patterson, in ‘The Conspiracy Show’ interview, highlights a number of what are, quite possibly, ominous signs of an occult nature pertaining to how exactly Lennon was to meet his death, such as one particular photo featured in the accompanying booklet included in the soundtrack release of The Beatles’ 1967 TV-movie ‘Magical Mystery Tour.’ As you might indeed already be aware, below, is that very photograph of a mustachioed John standing beside a sign that reads out: ‘(T)he Best Way to Go’ followed by ‘M&D’ and then ‘COA,’  presumably a cut from the word, ‘coaches,’ as in bus, such as the one that was to take Lennon and his band-mates, in the film, on their mystery tour. Basically, it’s advertising the (presumably) fictious, ‘M&D Coach’ business. Numerous researchers and observers from an alternative-looking angle (such as yourself?) however see it different; The M, D and the C stand for ‘Mark David Chapman.’ Connect that with the words above them – ‘(T)he Best Way to Go is by’ – and you have, ‘The Best Way to Go is by Mark David Chapman.’  Also, and as Patterson notes in his interview, the Magical Mystery Tour soundtrack was first released towards the very end of 1967 on – December 8th.MagSome seven months later, in July 1968, The Beatles went on what has since been dubbed the ‘Mad Day Out’ around London. It was for a publicity photo-session and largely made up of scenes of the band visiting, briefly, various outside locations in the city, sitting on a park-bench, standing by a church-yard with a crowd of people, posing on a sidewalk… one of the photos taken had John lying down apparently playing dead with Paul, George and Ringo gathered around him…Mad… I’ll point out, for what it’s worth to you, that the words, ‘Mad Day Out’ totals up to nine letters. Anyway, Tom Murray, one of the photographers of the session, has said that, following John’s death in December ’80, the magazine, ‘Time,’ had considered using that photo but then “thought that too much.” A few months after that photograph was taken came the release of The Beatles’ self-titled double-LP, and nicknamed of course, the ‘White Album,’ and that included the Lennon-written track, ‘Happiness is a Warm Gun.’ Recorded at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, London in September that year, less than eight weeks after the Mad Day Out, he said the song was inspired by “the cover of a magazine that said: ‘Happiness is a warm gun.’ I thought it was a fantastic, insane thing to say. A warm gun means you’ve just shot something. ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun’ was banned on the radio – they said it was about shooting up drugs. But they were advertising guns and I thought it was so crazy that I made a song out of it.” The magazine, he claimed, was first shown to him by Beatles producer, George Martin – and this is it, so I’m led to understand, said to be from the May ‘68 publication of ‘American Rifleman’…

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Just three days before Lennon’s assassination outside the Dakota Building, his home for most of his years in the US since moving there in the early 1970s, he said to journalist David Sheff, “sometimes you wonder, I mean, really wonder. I know we make our own reality, and we always have a choice, but how much is preordained?”  Well, I don’t know, but, below, there’s the front main photo from John’s album of Fifties/early Sixties-era cover-versions, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ released in 1975 and his last before withdrawing from music-recording and the wider public eye, until his dubbed ‘comeback’ in 1980. Co-produced by Phil Spector and partly recorded at the ‘Record Plant’ studios in New York, the photograph was taken of Lennon during his pre-fame days with The Beatles in Hamburg, Germany and, from what he could gather, its reappearance years later on this ‘farewell’ LP of his was akin to a “premonition.” He said, “at the end of making that record, I was finishing up a track that Phil Spector had made me sing called Just Because, which I didn’t really know – all the rest of the songs I’d done as a teenager, so I knew them backward – but I couldn’t really get the hang of it. At the end of that record – I was mixing it just next door – I started spieling and saying, ‘and so we say farewell from the Record Plant,’ and a little thing in the back of my mind said, ‘are you really saying farewell?’ I hadn’t thought of it then… but somewhere in the back was a voice that was saying, ‘are you saying farewell to the whole game?’ It just flashed by like that – like a premonition. I didn’t think of it until a few years later, when I realised that I had actually stopped recording. I came across the cover photo – the original picture of me in my leather jacket, leaning against the wall in Hamburg in 1961 – and I thought, ‘is this it? Do I stop where I came in, with Be-Bop-A-Lula?’ The day I first met Paul, I was singing that song for the first time onstage. There’s a photo in all the Beatles books – a picture of me with a checked shirt on; holding a little acoustic guitar – and I’m singing Be-Bop-A-Lula, just as I did on that album. It was like this little thing, and there was no consciousness in it. It was only much later, when I started thinking about it . . . you know, like sometimes you dream – it’s like a premonition, but this was an awake premonition. I had no plans, no intention, but I thought, ‘what is this, this cover photo from Hamburg, this Be-Bop-A-Lula, this saying goodbye from the Record Plant?’ And I was actually really saying goodbye since it was the last track of the Rock ‘n’ Roll album – and I was so glad to get it over with – and it was also the end of the album.”

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The ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ album

John continued, “it’s like when a guy in England, an astrologer, once told me that I was going to not live in England. I didn’t plan to live here, it just happened. There was no packing the bags – we left everything at our house in England, we were just coming for a short visit… but we never went back. The story was that I left for tax reasons, but I didn’t. I got no benefit, nothing, I screwed up completely, I lost money when I left. So I had no reason to leave England.” Reflecting on those years, back in the early Seventies and also the late Sixties, a time when he was lending his support both vocally and financially to a number of what’s termed ‘politically radical’ endeavours, causes and movements including the Black Panthers, the ‘Yippies’ (‘Youth International Party’), the British Marxist magazine ‘Red Mole,’ as well as the paramilitary ‘IRA’ (‘Irish Republican Army’), he said to David Sheff in their conversation just three days before he was shot dead, “I dabbled in so-called ‘politics’ in the late Sixties and Seventies… thinking that maybe love and peace isn’t enough, that you have to go and get shot or something… to prove I’m one of the people. I was doing it against my instincts.” Had he trusted those instincts of his, what direction would he otherwise have taken, and would it have, ultimately, saved him from the bullets? Aside from Cynthia’s aforementioned recollection of the psychic’s warning in 1966, there’s the correspondence he received later that decade, and documented on film (as can be seen below), from someone claiming to have received a message via Ouija board from dead Beatles manager, Brian Epstein that there would be “an attempt to assassinate” him…

During his conversation with David Sheff, John asked, “is there always a fork in the road, and are there two preordained paths that are equally preordained? There could be hundreds of paths where one could go this way or that way… it’s very strange sometimes.” And if not strange, then, for me, intriguing. I’m not going to attempt to answer what Lennon’s asking there, not in this article anyway. My knowledge and/or understanding of such matters is nowhere near substantial enough to include here, and so, I’ll best leave it. As for how seriously (or not) he either considered the idea of living a “preordained” life and the possibility of changing its course, well, R. Gary Patterson points out, the former Beatle and Yoko Ono were practioners of numerology and would consult the numbers and the stars before making life decisions. Also, and as mentioned briefly already here, John sensed that ‘9’ was of major significance. He told David Sheff, “I lived in 9 Newcastle Road (Liverpool). I was born on the ninth of October… It’s just a number that follows me around, but, numerologically, apparently I’m a number six or three or something, but it’s all part of nine.” In his book ‘Take a Walk on the Dark Side,’ R. Gary Patterson cites the work of music-author, Ray Coleman, from his biography ‘Lennon,’ to highlight the prevalence of ‘nine’ in the musician’s life:

In the great Ray Coleman’s definitive biography, ‘Lennon,’ the author lists a number of unusual coincidences involving John Lennon and the number 9. He was born at 6:30 PM, (six plus three makes nine) on October 9th 1940. His mother’s address was 9 Newcastle (nine letters) Road, Wavertree (nine letters), Liverpool. Sadly, his mother was killed when she was struck by a car driven by an off-duty policeman. The car’s registration-number was LKF 630 (nine) and the police-constable’s badge-number was 126 (nine).

Patterson goes on to note that “John’s musical career was rife with the number 9.” For starters, there was his songwriter and friend, McCartney (nine letters), and “John’s first group was the Quarrymen (nine). ”

Patterson continues:

Brian Epstein first introduced himself to the Beatles at the ‘Cavern’ on November 9th 1961, and nine years later in 1970 The Beatles officially broke up. Epstein died on August 27th (nine) 1967. The Beatles received their recording contract with ‘EMI Records’ on May 9th 1962 and produced many of their greatest recordings at Abbey Road (nine) studios. The Beatles made their first appearance in America on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ on February 9th 1964.

When John first met his future wife Cynthia Powell she was living at 18 (nine) Trinity Road, Hoylake. John and Cynthia’s son, Julian, was born at Sefton General Hospital, 126 (nine) Smithdown (nine) Road, Liverpool.

After meeting Yoko Ono, Patterson notes that John “changed his name to John Ono Lennon so that the combination with Yoko Ono Lennon would feature the letter ‘O’ nine times.” Then, there’s also the music of course, The Beatles’ ‘One After 909,’ and, from the White Album, ‘Revolution 9,’ an avant-garde collage made up of tape-looped samples of various sounds, effects and noises, including the voice of a man repeating the words, “number nine” throughout the track. John said of it, “Revolution 9 was an unconscious picture… All the thing was made with loops. I had about 30 loops going, fed them onto one basic track. I was getting classical tapes, going upstairs and chopping them up, making it backwards and things like that, to get the sound effects. One thing was an engineer’s testing voice saying, ‘this is EMI test series number nine.’ I just cut up whatever he said and I’d number nine it. Nine turned out to be my birthday and my lucky number and everything. I didn’t realise it, it was just so funny the voice saying, ‘number nine’; it was like a joke, bringing number nine into it all the time…  There are many symbolic things about it but it just happened you know.” Patterson also notes that Lennon had told Ray Coleman that “one of his most important songs contained nine key words: ‘All we are saying is give peace a chance.’” Also, there’s John’s 1974 track, ‘# 9 Dream’ featuring the voice of his then extra-marital girlfriend, May Pang whispering out his name – Patterson goes into a little bit of detail about this song in his Conspiracy Show interview. As an add-on here with regards to Lennon’s recording-career, I will note that, during his post-Beatles years, he released a total of eight albums (one of which was a compilation), and at the time of his death, was in the process of recording the ninth. It was eventually issued in 1984 as ‘Milk and Honey.’

In his book ‘Take a Walk on the Dark Side,’ Gary R. Patterson goes on to note…

In 1971, John and Yoko moved to New York City, and nine years later John Lennon would be murdered. The Lennons lived in an apartment at the Dakota, located at 72nd Street. Their original apartment number was also number 72. John had once received a death threat while performing with The Beatles in Paris in 1964, and became very nervous when the written threat mentioned that “I am going to shoot you at nine tonight.”

There are other references to the number nine in John Lennon’s life. In ‘The Last Days of John Lennon,’ by Frederick Seaman (Seaman was hired as John Lennon’s personal assistant), the author describes the front gate of the Dakota: “Over the front gate is an Indian head carved in stone and surrounded by the digits 1-8-8-1. (1+8=9; 8+1=9; 9+9=18; 1+8=9). To a casual observer, those numbers indicate the year in which the Dakota was built, but after I spent a couple of years working for the Lennons, I would begin to contemplate then in a very different light: Eight plus one is nine, the highest number, denoting change and spirituality; if you add 99 to 1881, you get 1980 – the year in which John Lennon was struck down in a hail of bullets in this very spot; when your good luck runs out, eight-minus-one minus eight-minus-one equals zero.”

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The Dakota

The presence of ‘9’ has continued years after John’s death, quite deliberately I’d suggest. There’s the music video-game ‘The Beatles: Rock Band’ released in 2009 on September 9th (09/09/09). And, on the very same day in the very same year also came the issue of all the band’s albums in re-mastered form, and trailed with this promo pic…custom_1236266339808_beatles

You can hear R. Gary Patterson’s interview on The Conspiracy Show, below:

Conspiracy Show ep 155

http://conspiracyunlimitedpodcast.com/ep-155-the-murder-of-john-lennon-and-nightmare-number-nine

Also, as you can see here, there’s a couple more Lennon-themed interviews included from The Conspiracy Show website… First up, from December 2017, a conversation with John L. Potash, author of ‘The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders,’ and ‘Drugs As Weapons Against Us. The CIA’s Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac and other Activists.’ Hear him talk about some of the tell-tale signs indicating that Chapman was a mind-controlled instrument of the intel-services, including his involvement with the ‘YMCA’ in war-torn Beirut in the 1970s. He also goes into a little detail about the MK ULTRA program’s alleged involvement in neutralising the anti-Vietnam War and civil rights movements in the US in the 1960s through the promotion of LSD, as well as The Beatles’ role in this too. He notes the Canadian professor and so-called ‘father of communications, media studies and the information age’ – and ‘Central Intelligence Agency asset’ – Marshall McLuhan who interviewed John Lennon during a visit the musician made to Canada in 1969, and he cites the research of the late Fenton Bresler, author of the ground-breaking book ‘The Murder of John Lennon,’ and he also talks a little about the infamous, mysterious Jose Perdomo, the supposed ‘doorman’ of the Dakota on the day of Lennon’s assassination. Some of these aspects in John’s suspicious death are also mentioned in the third (and final) Conspiracy Show interview included here, and that’s with guest, Pepper Chomsky, author of, ‘The One: Who Killed John Lennon.’ Both he and Potash also discuss the likelihood (or not) of Mark Chapman being released from jail, for at the time these interviews were recorded, he was set to make his tenth parole board appearance since being sentenced to 25-years-to-life imprisonment in 1981. As it happens, it never came to pass (of course). It was announced that he won’t be let out of prison as he requested and will have to wait until 2020 to try again. As reported on the UK’s news-website, ‘The Guardian,’ “the panel found his release ‘would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law.’ It said: ‘Your criminal history report reflects that this is your only crime of record. However, that does not mitigate your actions.’ (Yoko) Ono, 85, had said she feared for her safety and that of Lennon’s two sons, Julian and Sean, should Chapman be released. Chapman was deemed by the board to be a low risk for offending again and has had a clean prison record since 1994, but the panel found that none of this ‘outweighs the gravity of your actions or the serious and senseless loss of life you have caused. And while no one person’s life is any more valuable than another’s life, the fact that you chose someone who was not only a world-renowned person and beloved by millions regardless of the pain and suffering you would cause to his family, friends and so many others, you demonstrated a callous disregard for the sanctity of human life and the suffering of others. This fact remains a concern to this panel.’” The panel also said Chapman had “carefully planned and executed the murder of a world-famous person for no reason other than to gain notoriety,” a motive there that’s contested by a number of researchers of an alternative nature who of course believe that, actually, Chapman was an intel-agency mind-controlled puppet sent to the Dakota in December 1980 to bring down an influential voice, a threat to those ‘powers that be.’ Chomsky mentions this during his Conspiracy Show chat, referencing Steven R. Gaines, a journalist who interviewed Mark in 1987 for an article in which he pronounced that “he did not kill John Lennon in order to become famous” as argued by the prosecutors. First though, here’s John L. Potash:

Conspiracy Show ep 003

http://conspiracyunlimitedpodcast.com/003-john-lennons-murder-mark-david-chapman-mk-ultra-and-the-cias-ongoing-war-against-rock

And, Chomsky can be heard here in his Conspiracy Show interview, released in August this year (2018), just a couple of days before the parole board’s decision regarding Chapman:

Conspiracy Show ep 108

http://conspiracyunlimitedpodcast.com/108-mark-david-chapman

Check out more from Richard Syrett and The Conspiracy Show here:

https://conspiracyshow.strangeplanet.ca/

 

 

REFERENCE LINKS:

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=HL7X-YyrINUC&pg=PA204&lpg=PA204&dq=I+lived+in+9+Newcastle+Road.+I+was+born+on+the+ninth+of+October,+the+ninth+month+%5Bsic%5D.+It%27s+just+a+number+that+follows+me+around,+but,+numerologically,+apparently+I%27m+a+number+six+or+three+or+something,+but+it%27s+all+part+of+nine.&source=bl&ots=GDUQY1XEIs&sig=9FuqGltz_gAoFEfpg81wkckC71U&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiNg4Tj7pvfAhWyunEKHQsGAEgQ6AEwAXoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=I%20lived%20in%209%20Newcastle%20Road.%20I%20was%20born%20on%20the%20ninth%20of%20October%2C%20the%20ninth%20month%20%5Bsic%5D.%20It’s%20just%20a%20number%20that%20follows%20me%20around%2C%20but%2C%20numerologically%2C%20apparently%20I’m%20a%20number%20six%20or%20three%20or%20something%2C%20but%20it’s%20all%20part%20of%20nine.&f=false

http://www.beatlesinterviews.org/db1969.0508.beatles.html

YouTube: ‘John Lennon-“Our Leaders are Insane!!”‘

‘Come Together. John Lennon In His Time’ – Jon Wiener

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130401193

http://www.lennonfbifiles.com/fbi_release06.html

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=HL7X-YyrINUC&pg=PA96&lpg=PA96&dq=sheff+guilt+for+being+rich,+and+guilt+thinking+that+perhaps+love+and+peace+isn%27t+enough+and+you+have+to+go+and+get+shot+or+something&source=bl&ots=GDURSX-ACr&sig=N3pBZW21CozxGcJIf06J57Evl7k&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjnl5jH7qXfAhWqQxUIHWGQDDYQ6AEwAnoECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=sheff%20guilt%20for%20being%20rich%2C%20and%20guilt%20thinking%20that%20perhaps%20love%20and%20peace%20isn’t%20enough%20and%20you%20have%20to%20go%20and%20get%20shot%20or%20something&f=false

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_popular_than_Jesus

http://1966myfavoriteyear.blogspot.com/2016/08/revolver-jesus-and-beatles-august-of-66.html

‘John’ – Julia Lennon (pg. 9)

http://thebeatles-collection.com/wordpress/2012/12/01/magical-mystery-tour-parlophone-pctc-255/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magical_Mystery_Tour

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/suffolk/hi/people_and_places/arts_and_culture/newsid_9271000/9271865.stm

https://recordcollectormag.com/articles/the-beatles-mad-day-out

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happiness_Is_a_Warm_Gun

http://www.wingspan.ru/bookseng/ant/11.html

https://www.beatlesbible.com/songs/happiness-is-a-warm-gun/

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/john-lennon-the-last-interview-179443/

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/john-lennon-the-rolling-stone-interview-part-two-160932/

‘Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Rock and Roll Myths, Legends and Curses’ – R. Gary Patterson (pgs. 200 – 203)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles:_Rock_Band

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles_(The_Original_Studio_Recordings)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lennon_discography

marshallmcluhan.com

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/aug/24/john-lennon-killer-mark-chapman-denied-parole-for-tenth-time

https://people.com/archive/cover-story-mark-chapman-the-man-who-shot-lennon-vol-27-no-8/

 

 

Doubles, Decoys and Disguises – Part 1 of 2 (… or maybe 3!)

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I’d originally intended to publish this in June last year to mark the close of a theatre-play in New York reportedly about the hiring of a double to impersonate Beatles-era Paul McCartney after he’s involved in a car-crash. Titled ‘Nowhere Man,’ it took its cue from the P.i.D. (‘Paul is Dead’) conspiracy-rumours/theories which, in whatever form they’ve come, I’ve never bought. The end of the ten-day run of the stage-production felt to me like a timely point to share a few of my reasons for this, to present a perspective, a point of view that I sense is rarely if ever highlighted or discussed when information is shared or discussed and debated on ‘Paul is Dead.’ And so I began to conduct some preliminary research in preparation for this, to add some meat (as it were) to what I already knew and what I wanted to convey here. However, as I dug and dug deeper, it slowly but surely dawned on me that this wasn’t going to be the short summary-article that I’d originally expected it to be. I was pulling out more and more branches of info, and a lot of which I wasn’t aware of and that – most time-consumingly of all – was very muddy and very contradictory. All those contradictions had to be cross-checked and back-referenced I felt, so that’s what I did to the best of my abilities. In the middle of the checking and digging I’d stop for a bit and go off researching elsewhere for unrelated articles that had to be written and published on this site, because, I felt they needed to be posted as soon as possible so as not to lose their topical flavour, and then I’d return and pick up tools again. But now at last, seventeen(!) months on, here it is.

Being based in the UK and having never been to New York let alone America, I personally never saw ‘Nowhere Man’ when it ran in 2017 from June 8th – 18th (Paul’s birthday). As a result, I thought it best to leave it to others with a better understanding of it to describe its plot for you. So, here’s what ‘Theatre for the City,’ the organisation that helped stage it, had at the time in terms of general plotline on its website:

After The Beatles stopped performing at the height of their success, some fans became convinced the singer had died in a car accident.

Rumours circulated that McCartney had crashed and the band concealed the fact, even hiring a double to keep going.

In fact, the band stopped performing and did studio work after the sounds of shouting fans began to drown out their music at concerts.

In Nowhere Man, the Beatles’ handlers, such as George Martin, the band’s arranger, and Neil Aspinall, their road-manager and assistant, orchestrate the hiring.

Intriguing that the word “handlers” is used to describe the roles of The Beatles’ music-producer George Martin and the group’s long-standing aide Neil Aspinall.18951310_10155415611237094_3093331991052238017_n

More of the plot is detailed by an individual by the name of James Wilson in a review published on the website ‘TalkinBroadway.com.’ He states:

The play begins… with a heated conversation between famed Beatles producer George Martin and the group’s high-strung road-manager Neil Aspinall. The future of the band is at stake: Paul McCartney has been in a car accident and is in critical condition. The accident, it seems, was caused by a young woman, who had been offered a lift by Paul and who subsequently went into a frenzy when she recognised the driver. Paul will need time and space to recover, of course, and in order to keep the Press and obsessed fans away, Martin and Aspinall hatch a plan to hire someone to appear as Paul coming and going from the recording-studio and for other public sightings. They decide upon Billy Campbell, a prize-winning Paul McCartney lookalike, to impersonate the singer, but he must be sworn to absolute secrecy.

Billy, a struggling musician and full-time bartender, is enticed by the money, but his acceptance means he will have to go into seclusion (in one of Paul McCartney’s palatial London residencies) and give up his own identity for at least three months. He accepts the ticket to ride, so to speak, but most difficult for the young man is cutting off regular contact with his increasingly suspicious fiancé. The plot becomes more complicated with the appearance of Michelle who has her own secret connection to the real Paul, and her boyfriend Tommy. The elaborate charade forces Billy to confront his own moral dilemma about the price of fame and the cost of not being true to oneself.

As you’ll most probably be aware, a couple or so of the ingredients in the plotlines outlined above, such as the presence of the McCartney look-a-like contest winner Billy Campbell, are pulled from the theories that first began to permeate into mainstream consciousness back in 1969 – although, in those versions of events of course, Paul is killed after he argues one night in November 1966 with his fellow Beatles at a recording-session at London’s ‘Abbey Road’ studios, storms out of the building as a result and gets into his car and crashes. In the years following the band’s split in 1970, countless other hypotheses have materialised, and especially after the internet became a widely-used part of our lives from the late ‘90s/early 2000s onwards, paving the way for the extensive variety of websites, pod-casts and blogs on the P.i.D. conspiracy that we have today. I’m not going to recount all of those in this article. Instead, I’ll note the words of Mark Devlin the UK’s leading speaker on the occult/conspiratorial elements within the music-industry. In a ‘FaceBook’ posting last year and that I was contributing to, he nicely summarised the position that he thought we’d reached with regards to the sprawling, complex web of theories, counter-theories, opinions and observations in the ‘Paul is Dead’ mystery. He said the term ‘P.i.D.’ should perhaps be changed to ‘P.A.P.’ (‘Paul Ain’t Paul’) because whilst there are a huge amount of folk who do believe McCartney died and was replaced, there are others (including myself) who are of the view, or at least suspect, that this isn’t the case, but, that he has nonetheless undergone a transformation of some esoteric nature. I veer towards the possibility that his so-called ‘death’ may, in part, be allegorical and not literal – perhaps suggesting some form of possession by a dark entity, or, with the aid of LSD, the loss of his ego (dying through Acid). I won’t expand on that idea here in this article, but some other time perhaps. So, leaving that aside for now, another school-of-thought within the P.A.P. camp is those who hold or at least sympathise with the view that Paul is indeed still alive but has employed a double (or doubles) to fill in for him at times including, perhaps, in a not too dissimilar way from the scenario that was set out in Nowhere Man. Actually, on the entertainment-casting site, ‘Backstage’ there was a page advertising for actors to come audition for the play stating that it “is designed to be a believable variation on a famous Beatles myth.” Interesting choice of words there, “myth” and “believable variation.” I’m thinking the makers of it might be PAPers. I mean, note that one of the above reviews of the stage-production mentions that McCartney has been injured in a car crash – not killed – and that the replacement has been hired to be a temporary not permanent stand-in.

In particular, to all P.i.D.ers reading this, I’m proposing that Paul McCartney is still of this mortal coil but has, perhaps, employed over the years, a temporary double or two or more in order to divert the attention of the general-public away from an unwelcome truth (such as a car accident for example) or to enable him to live a peaceful, private existence free from the attention of fans and the media. We know from the mainstream version of history (even) that well-known figures are indeed said to have used replacements for one reason or another during their lifetime, including Saddam Hussein and senior British World War II army commander Field Marshal Bernard ‘Monty’ Montgomery… And, there’s also information to show that McCartney – as well as the rest of his fellow-Beatles – used decoys years before Paul’s ‘death’ in late 1966 in order to escape the hordes of stampeding fans who were out to grab them at public appearances during the ‘mania’ phase of their early career. And how well known is that? Perhaps not enough? I do feel that, after years of having read countless blogs, articles and forum/social-media postings about P.i.D., that – and, of course, I might be wrong – a lot of people who lean towards this theory are largely or completely unaware that the band had actually been tricking the general public with stand-ins prior to the ‘death’ in 1966. Please. I apologise for any offence in that presumption. I don’t mean to offend, or to patronise, but, a lot of the info that you’ll see if you continue to read this article, I’ve never seen mentioned or presented in amongst the theorising, pontificating or commenting within the world of ’Paul is Dead.’ As a result, to me, that suggests there are a significant number sympathising with P.i.D. who haven’t done their homework on the history of The Beatles. Surely then, when all the facts and data aren’t taken into account when a theory is being formulated or discussed or presented, what does that do to its credibility? I’m not stating unequivocally that what I’ve got to offer in this two (or three)-parter is going to debunk ‘Paul is Dead.’ Oh no… far, far, far from it. No, what you’ll see, I think, is a lengthy presentation of information rarely-if-ever acknowledged within the arena of P.i.D. but that, I feel, should be perhaps even if none of it turns any amount of folk away from believing or strongly suspecting that Paul did indeed shift off this mortal coil many years ago, and, indeed, I must add here, if that’s what you think happened to him, and the info I’m presenting doesn’t inevitably result in you changing your view on that, well, that’s cool with me because what I’ve collected together for this article in all its instalments, however long and large that’ll be, will, if not encourage anyone reading it to alter/reverse what may have been a supportive or responsive attitude towards the ‘Paul is Dead’ hypotheses, or to re-asses/reconsider that position, then at least, it’ll, I hope, be an informative, enjoyable if not useful read for everyone concerned including those supportive or warm to P.i.D., who might actually, for whatever reason, find some of the info I’ve laid out to be valuable in their own line of enquiry or research, as contrary as it is to my own personal take. What this two (three?)-parter does for sure is present a compilation of rumours, reports, allegations and first-hand accounts from pre-1966, and after too, on look-a-likes, “doubles,” disguises and, as I mentioned earlier, decoys, who are said to have been used during that ‘mania’ live-touring phase of The Beatles’ career between 1963 to ‘66 in order to divert the fans’ attentions, to make them look the other way as the band made haste into or from a concert-venue or a TV or recording-studio or film-set where hundreds if not thousands of their admirers would be waiting, ready to chase after them given half the chance. Not all the methods of distraction used by the group required the need for fake versions of them as the bait though. Motor-vehicles proved to be an effective ruse according to some who were in close proximity to the band back then. In the summer of 1964 for example, Ivor Davis, then a young reporter for the UK’s ‘Daily Express’ newspaper, travelled with The Beatles to cover their tour of the US and Canada and was also the only British writer to accompany them throughout. In his book, ‘The Beatles and Me On Tour,’ he states that “decoy limos were used with great effect. Several times I was trapped in our follow-up limo, with its tinted windows, as fans swarmed all over us, threatening to overturn it because they thought they had cornered The Beatles.” Having not lived through the 1960s myself, all I have to go on are the accounts of others who did, such as Ivor, and if I’m to believe what they’ve claimed, the sheer scale of the mania and the frenzy was gigantic and sometimes terrifying and did require The Beatles to use such tactics. “I understood why they went to such extremes,” declares Davis. Remembering one particular decoy-vehicle incident, when he was being driven away from an arena in the American city of Milwaukee following a performance there by the band, Ivor writes, “scores of fans descended upon us like a swarm of locusts, rained blows on the roof of the car and almost upended us. Terrified, I waved and screamed, ‘we’re not The Beatles’ at the batterers as we rocked and rolled, but it was like shouting in the wind.” In his book ‘The Beatles Diary Volume 1: The Beatles Years’ meanwhile, Barry Miles, a close friend of McCartney’s in the 1960s, informs us about a chain of scenes that veered into the chaotic during the band’s tour of Australia in 1964 and that initially greeted them once they flew in to the city of Melbourne. He writes, “they arrived at Essendon Airport to a frenzied welcome from a crowd of 5,000. The crowd outside the hotel was so large that army and navy units had been called in as reinforcements when shed-barriers were knocked down and the casualties began to mount up. Their route into the city was lined by 20,000 fans, most of whom moved on to the hotel which was under a state of siege. Protected by 12 motorcycle outriders, the group neared their hotel… and were driven into a garage entrance while a dummy police-car with siren blaring pulled up at the hotel’s front-door as a diversion.” He goes on, “in front of the hotel, 300 police and 100 military battled with the crowd, cars were crushed, people broke bones, fell from trees and more than 150 girls fainted. Fifty people, many of them adults, were taken to hospital with injuries sustained in the crush.” beatlemania-1038x576Not all the decoy attempts using motor-vehicles were a success it seems. Tony Barrow, The Beatles’ Press-officer between 1962 and ‘68 – and the man credited with coining the phrase, ‘the fab four’ – is quoted as saying of the band’s concert appearance at LA’s Dodger baseball-stadium during their third tour of the US in August ’66, “we were driven to the stadium in an armoured car that was parked immediately behind the stage. At this late point in the tour I suspect that the fans’ grapevine had circulated full detail of the boys’ act, giving everyone prior warning of the songs that would end the set… By the time The Beatles left the stage and we were ready to pull away, many hundreds if not thousands had positioned themselves across our path. For two hours we were imprisoned in a team dressing-room for our own safety while extra cops came in to start clearing the hysterically boisterous crowd. The getaway-car we hoped to use was severely damaged and put out of action. Two girls even ran off with the ignition-key as a souvenir! Two further unsuccessful attempts were made to get us out using decoy limousines and the third try was equally disastrous. We were put into an ambulance that managed to crash into a heap of broken fencing, after which it couldn’t be driven any further. Extra squads of police from the sheriff’s department eventually escorted us away to safety in an armoured car.” As Barrow is quoted as saying there, it wasn’t just limos that were used as tools of distraction to ferry The Beatles away right under the fans’ noses, other forms of motor-vehicles were employed. There’s an account of the band escaping from their hotel in Miami in the back of a butchers truck during their first tour of the US in ‘64 whilst police brought decoy guitar-cases out through the front-lobby. John Lennon’s then-wife, Cynthia, who went along on that American trip, shared a similar memory of sorts in her 2005 book, ‘John.’ In it, she recalls a plot that was hatched during that visit to smuggle her and The Beatles away from the constant mania so that they could all grab some private quality leisure-time. “Our cars were followed by Press and fans every time we left the hotel, so the police came up with an original if bizarre plan: we would leave through the hotel’s kitchen entrance and travel in an enclosed meat-wagon,” claimed Cynthia. “The break-out was worth it. We were taken to a gorgeous villa next to the sea, with its own pool, where George Martin and his wife, Judy, were waiting for us. Free of the fans and the restrictions of the hotel, we partied all day, swimming in the pool and enjoying an enormous barbecue.”
By August 1966 the phenomenon that was Beatlemania and that had followed the band around for almost three years non-stop had soured. The fan adulation had been poisoned with hate and vitriol and, if accounts are to be believed, decoys and distractions were required not necessarily to deflect the attentions of an intensely adoring crowd, but in order to save the group-members from the anger and the potential violence of baying mobs. After all, this was the month that John Lennon’s ‘Beatles bigger than Jesus’ remarks were causing a furore in America and when the band were in the country on a concert-tour. Not a good combination if you value your personal safety. Most of the uproar is said to have come from the traditionally Christian-heavy deep-south of the US. Radio-DJs there were reportedly organising public bonfire burn-ins of Beatles records and the Ku Klux Klan are said to have been picketing their concerts. But perhaps the scariest moment occurred when the group were performing at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee. We’re told death threats had been made already, so when someone let off a firecracker on the stage at that gig, there was a split-second moment when it was thought it was an assassin’s gun. Lennon recalled, “somebody let off a firecracker while we were on stage… There had been threats to shoot us… Someone let off a firecracker and everyone of us – I think it’s on film – look at each other, because each thought it was the other that had been shot. It was that bad.” The tried and tested decoy ploy failed to save them from the protestors who were waiting for them at that concert appearance apparently. In ‘The Beatles Diary Volume 1,’ Barry Miles states that “decoy cars were used to fool the protestors, but The Beatles’ coach was still surrounded by hordes of Christian demonstrators screaming abuse.” Paul McCartney says in the official biography/documentary, ‘The Beatles Anthology’ that the ‘Jesus’ controversy helped convince him and his fellow band-mates that it was time to stop playing to the mania. “It made us wonder about touring,” he recalls. “It was a case of how much of a good thing can you have? How long can you sustain things? Every tour had gone great, marvellous, but we were becoming a bit fed-up anyway because we’d been at it so long – and it gets gruelling.” The Beatles quit concert-touring for good after their performance at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on August 29th 1966, the last date on their controversial and sometimes frightening North American jaunt. However, given the hairy moments that the band are said to have experienced during their fan-dodging days on tour, all in all, Ringo Starr is one member of the group at least who’s looked back on it with much fondness. In the Anthology, he says, “I found the tour madness exciting. I loved it. I loved the decoy cars and all the intricate ways of getting us to the gigs.” And those ‘intricate ways’ didn’t only call on the use of cars, trucks and also vehicles belonging to the emergency-services of course…

According to a 2014 article on ‘History.com,’ when the band were in the Washington Coliseum venue in February ‘64 for their first-ever US concert appearance, their management-team, in a bid to distract fans’ eyes for enough time to allow the group to make it to the stage, donned Beatles ‘mop-top’ wigs (a novel item of head-dress being sold across America back then as a fast cash-in on the mania). I haven’t come across any information to back this website’s claim up but I have found a relevant article on the blog ‘Mixed Metaphors, Oh My!’ which is run by US-based writer and editor Linda Lenzke. In a piece titled ‘Beach Boys, Beatles, Bob Dylan & The Byrds,’ she recalls a similar incident as described by History.com and that she herself claims to have witnessed after she and her friend went to see The Beatles’ performance at the Milwaukee Arena in September ’64. She states, “following the concert, throngs of fans raced to the entrance of the Milwaukee Arena where it was rumoured The Beatles were leaving in a limousine.” Because Linda had been situated near the back of the venue for the concert, she recounts that she “was able to quickly get in front of the mob and able to reach the limo.” However, she was in for a disappointment. “We leaned in to look in the windows and saw four ugly boys in cheap black Beatle wigs and a driver in a tuxedo. They were decoys. We were tricked. We learned later that The Beatles escaped through the back entrance in a milk-truck.” In an interview for the newspaper and website the ‘Express’ last year, none other than Michael Caine’s former long-standing movie-double, a guy by the name of Johnny Morris, explained how he’d served as a fan-diverting decoy at public appearances The Beatles made during the filming of ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ the band’s 1964 debut big-screen debut and that he’d worked on as John Lennon’s stand-in, which, the Express informs us, “usually involves taking up the star’s positions on the set or stage so that the crew can make sure the lighting and camera angles are right before they arrive.” He recalled, “whenever we were shooting on location, especially at theatres, we used to be decoys. There was always such a lot of people standing outside that The Beatles could not go through so they used to go out the back entrance and we went out the front entrance disguised as them.” Pictured below is Johnny with three of The Beatles, but, from what I can make out from the scenery and the clothes that John, George and Ringo are wearing, this was taken during location-shoots for the band’s 1965 movie, ‘Help!’…

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And on the subject of Help!, here’s The Beatles, with their stunt-doubles, during location-shoots for the movie in snowy Austria… According to info on the website ‘BeatlesBible.com,’ the hired “doubles were Cliff Diggins, Mick Dillon, Peter Cheevers and Joe Dunne,” although I can only make out three in the picture…

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And now I’ll turn your attention briefly to a Scottish music-group who, after playing on the bill together with John, Paul, George and Ringo back in 1964 at a theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland, acted as decoys for them too. “They were just back from their famous American tour… and were working on the film A Hard Day’s Night,” recalled one of the members of that band in an interview in 2010. “At the end of the night, the management asked if we would be decoys to allow The Beatles to slip out the back door. We were told to pull our suit-jackets over our heads and rush to the waiting car. When we got outside, it was bedlam, with about 5,000 screaming lassies. Never again.”
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Take note of the guy situated bottom left-hand corner in the above pic… Personally, I think he bears a slight resemblance to Ringo. Yeah, okay… not hugely, sure, but certainly enough I think for him to have been a convincing decoy for The Beatles in a scenario such as he found himself back in ’64, when all that was required of him was to run out of a theatre and into a waiting car, to fool the band’s expectant fans in an exercise of distraction that, dare I suppose, wouldn’t have been designed to have him getting into too much close, sustained facial contact with any of the thousands of “screaming lassies” in case he ended up being identified by them as not being who he was passing himself off to be. Resemble Ringo he might, but he ain’t no Beatle doppelganger for sure.

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And, would you believe, the moniker of this band from Scotland who decoyed for The Beatles was… Johnny and The Copycats (!)… Well, I should imagine the group chose to call themselves this as a nod to their front-man John Stewart, and it’s most certainly, certainly not a reference to stuntman and fellow decoy Beatle – a copycat-Beatle, if you like – Johnny Morris, or, as far as I’m aware, John Lennon. Yet, I can’t help but entertain the thought that, on the contrary and as unlikely as it might be, this little collection of what many would describe as ‘a set of coincidences,’ is actually part of some deliberately-designed form of occult message, whatever that might be, I don’t know. I’m just throwing this to you as a suggestion, off the top of my head, as it were. Also, the name of the previously-mentioned Ringo ‘resemble-a-like’ is Billy. The alleged replacement for Paul McCartney following his ‘death’ in 1966 was a ‘Billy’ of course – Billy (William) Campbell – a Scot. The Billy in The Copycats is Billy Cameron – I thought I’d give it a mention out of interest. Actually, the guy standing behind him in the group-photo above looks a little like The Beatles’ drummer too. Below, a better representation perhaps… His name’s Iain Lyon, by the way…

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You’ll find as you read on through the rest of this article in its two (or three) parts that there’s going to be a few more ‘coincidences.’ And, in case you’re interested, here’s some more links and commonalities between the two Johns’ bands… Johnny and The Copycats formed in 1962, the year The Beatles released their first record following a long apprenticeship playing the clubs in Liverpool and, of course, Hamburg, Germany where they performed a residency at the ‘Top Ten,’ this was back in the days before Ringo was with them, when the line-up of the group consisted of John, Paul and George plus Lennon’s then-fellow art-college friend Stuart Sutcliffe, and Starr’s predecessor on the drums, Pete Best. In the late Sixties, Johnny and The Copycats played at the venue too and it was whilst they were there that they were offered the chance to record and, as a result, ended up signing to EMI’s ‘Parlophone,’ the label that had been home to The Beatles from that first record of theirs in ‘62 and through to ‘68 when they moved to their own ‘Apple Records.’
Billy, Iain and their fellow band-mates split in September ‘72 after having released a number of singles that didn’t go quite far enough to make any real significant, widespread impression. However, they’ve since reformed and have resumed performing and recording.

And so… delving more now into doubles, and by that I don’t mean stunt-men stand-ins or four dodgy-looking blokes in mop-top wigs sitting in limos, or indeed members of Johnny and The Copycats, but actual people who to some degree or another bore a striking likeness up-close to one or more of The Beatles. Were they ever used during the years John, Paul, George and Ringo were touring together, when they were, in Starr’s words, using “intricate ways” of dodging the fans? I won’t have been the first to ask if such a thing occurred of course, many of you guys reading this will have speculated along similar lines. But as for answers to the speculation? Well. Myself? I don’t know, although, I now turn your attention to an intriguingly-worded question that was put to the band during a Press-conference in America on August 24th 1966, just a few days before playing San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, the final date on their last ever live concert-tour. They were asked, “have you ever used or trained Beatle doubles as decoys on a…” at which point both Ringo and John jumped in quickly but quietly with the reply, “no.” Forgive me if I’m about to state the painfully obvious here, but, then again, on the other hand, maybe I’m reading it wrong but, to me, what the wording of that question is not asking is whether the band had ever escaped from fans with the help of anything that comes close to ‘four dodgy-looking blokes in mop-top wigs.’ Maybe what it’s enquiring, is whether they’d ever recruited actual people who were almost identical look-a-likes (and who, I’d like to add, could provide the potential for better, more elaborate forms of deception upon the fans of course). It really looks that way to me, you see, I think it’s fair to assume that most if not nearly all the media-journalists who were to some degree following The Beatles’ career back then would’ve been familiar by 1966 with the fact that the band had used decoys. That is, they would’ve been aware of – to put it rather loosely – the ‘four dodgy-looking blokes in mop-top wigs’/‘stuntman stand-in’-type methods of deception, the kind of fan-deflecting distraction-tricks as referenced here earlier through the recollections of those who claim to have either witnessed or experienced instances of it, whether that be according to stuntman Johnny Morris, or blogger Linda Lenzke, or former Daily Express reporter Ivor Davis and his decoy limo accounts, or members of Johnny and The Copycats. It would’ve been a fairly open secret in media-journalists’ circles. Indeed, it was actually made public knowledge prior to ‘66 in at least one mainstream newspaper report, a report that included input from one of The Beatles themselves and that you can read later in this article. So, with that in mind, why would John and Ringo be so quick to jump in with their denials at the Press-conference in August ‘66 if they were denying something that, I’ll assume, they knew was already out in the open, and that had been put there with a bit of a contribution from their band? And, any way, why would there have even been the need to ask them about this given that it was this, as I described it earlier, ‘open secret’? What’s the point in that? Well, okay, one explanation could quite possibly be because the person who’d asked the question was new on the scene and unfamiliar with all of this? But… no, I‘m not so sure. Remember how it was worded: “Have you ever used or trained Beatle doubles as decoys.” It’s not enquiring whether The Beatles had used decoys, but whether actual look-a-likes had ever been recruited and/or taught to carry out that task. And getting a bit more specific now… by the word “doubles,” was the person who asked the question referring to what we might describe a ‘doppelganger’ which, according to dictionary description is: someone who looks exactly like someone else but who is not related to that person… Double? This is a bit of a difference from getting the members of Johnny and The Copycats to pull their jackets over their heads as they run from the theatre to a waiting car. This is something that takes us into the realms of what the play ‘Nowhere Man’ was reportedly about, Billy Campbell, a man who relinquishes his home and his loved one to take on someone else’s identity and to give up his own. If, let’s say for argument’s sake, The Beatles did have access to doubles that could pull off a deception of that size for them, they wouldn’t risk jeopardising it by blabbing openly to reporters would they? Well, perhaps that’s why John and Ringo cut off that question at the Press-conference, stopped it dead before it could get into full flow. But, what prompted it to come in the first place? Where did it originate from? I don’t know, but from what I’m being led to understand, the talk amongst the mainstream media of Beatles doubles in 1966 wasn’t only confined to that one instance in August of that year. There’s a post I came across from a contributor by the handle of ‘Valis’ on the web-forum, ‘Nothing is Real: Paul Was Replaced’ and that includes what – we’re informed – is an English translation of a magazine-article printed in Dutch and dating back to “either September or October 1966.” Further on down the site’s page, there’s what I assume to be a scan of that very piece – I’ve added it below. Not speaking that lingo myself, I can’t make head nor tail of it and so I can’t tell one way or another what it’s about. Point is, according to what Valis has translated, there was a “society” in America that deployed actual look-a-like doubles of John, Paul, George and Ringo, to act as their diversions within situations where hordes of over-excited fans were expected to be present. This “society” was new to me up until researching for this two-maybe-three parter. I’d never come across any mention of it before then, and of course it is most interesting, open to any number of possible theories of an occult/conspiratorial nature. Okay, but there do appear to be just a few discrepancies here. First off, the translation refers to a Beatles concert where these decoys were present and that happened “a month ago at the Baltimore Theatre.” I did a bit of digging into this and failed to find any reference to the band ever playing any place called ‘the Baltimore Theatre,’ and no venue with such a name appears to have even existed. Yes, they did perform in Baltimore, the US city that is, on two occasions, but both times were at the ‘Civic Center’ (now renamed ‘Royal Farms Arena’). Well okay, perhaps there’s been a bit of a mis-translation on the part of Valis? Maybe the quote, “the Baltimore Theatre” should actually be read as, ‘a (and not ‘the’) Baltimore theatre,’ in other words, it’s not referring to the actual name of a specific theatre only that the band had played at a music/performance-venue somewhere in Baltimore? Yeah, but, as I mentioned earlier, there’s a few apparent discrepancies, of which this is only one. I have a question regarding the look-a-like decoys actually being present at a Beatles concert in that city “a month ago” as according to what Valis has translated from the Dutch magazine-article published in “either September or October 1966.” By my casual reckoning, all of that doesn’t add up together, because, if I’m not mistaken, the band only ever played live there in September ‘64, not ‘66. That was it. They never performed in Baltimore again after those couple of shows, both of which took place on the same day. Perhaps this piece that’s been translated has been dated wrong – it’s, lost in translation, as it were? It might have been published in October 1964? That would correlate with the part of it where, according to what Valis informs us, it mentions the look-a-likes’ attendance at the Beatles’ concert having occurred a month earlier to its publication? Well yes, when looked at like that it makes sense. Problem is though, there’s another discrepancy and, again, it‘s to do with dates. I won’t bog you down with that yet. First, take a look at the translation… It starts…

The Real and the Fake Beatles

America has its own Beatles. They look like the real ones 100%, are just as tall and behave in the same way as John, Paul, George and Ringo.

The translated piece goes on to list-out the members of this “fake” band; There’s Ron, Keith, Tim and… wait for it… Bill. Together, they are “The Beatle Decoys.”

What is going on here?

In America exists The Beatles Protection Society, also called The Beatle Bobbies, whose job it is to protect The Beatles against the hysteria and idolatry of the fans on their American tours.

Recently the society realised an amazing plan; to form fake Beatles who have to camouflage the arrival and departure of the real Beatles at their concerts.
Like a month ago at the Baltimore Theatre: thousands of fans blocked the artist-exit, waiting for The Beatles.
Suddenly Ringo Starr (a.k.a Ron Rictor) and Paul McCartney (a.k.a. Bill Davis) came outside and while they were under attack the real Beatles left through another exit.

The Beatle Decoy’s are happy with their (double) life.
Ron, the leader, told us: “We even play the same instruments as The Beatles. Paul, I mean Keith is even left-handed just like McCartney. We even wear the same clothes.”

The fake Beatle that looks the most like the original is Keith Allison, who plays Paul.
He looks so alike that they even started a fan-club for him, the Keith Allison Fanclub.; he receives- as being Keith -1000 fan-letters a day (!).
Keith Allison used to be bass-player for The Crickets and was “discovered” by The Beatle Protection Society when he was a guest, sitting at a table, in the ‘Whiskey A Go Go (TV) Show.’
After the broadcast hundreds of people called in to the show to ask: “Was that Paul McCartney?”
The producer, Dick Clark, was also struck by the resemblance and contracted the imitation Paul for 12 episodes of ‘Where the Action Is.’

Intriguing information… Very intriguing – but, how reliable is it, if at all? Assuming that it has been translated right enough, how truthful are its contents? Did this “society” actually exist or was it a made-up story, some bizarre PR stunt to push the hopeful Pop careers of the musicians in ‘The Beatle Bobbies’ (as, I‘ll point out, Valis kinda suspects)? There’s a discrepancy with dates as well, as I mentioned earlier. This translation of what’s said to be a Dutch-language magazine-article from “either September or October 1966” can’t be because The Beatles didn’t perform in Baltimore that year as we’re being led to understand it reports. But neither can it be from September of ‘64, the only time the group appeared there. That’s due to, from what I can gather, the fact that the ‘Where the Action Is’ TV-show and the “Whisky A Go Go (TV Show)” that – Valis informs us – the piece claims the ‘fake Beatle Paul’ (Keith Allison) was said to have been recruited from by The Beatles Protection Society, didn’t begin screening until 1965. The ‘Whisky A Go Go’ reference is, actually, slightly misleading. This was a club where one of the episodes was shot that year, not the name of a television-programme. Well, that’s according to veteran song-writer Bobby Hart in his book ‘Psychedelic Bubblegum: Boyce & Hart, The Monkees, and Turning Mayhem Into Miracles.’ He went along to the venue on the day of that shoot to see Tommy Boyce, his musical partner, perform his latest record for it. Also there visiting was Keith Allison, unknowingly on his way to becoming a ‘Where the Action Is’ regular. He’d turned up with his pay-cheque in hand, specifically looking for either one of those two guys to sign it for some guitar work he’d done on a recording-session for them. “As Tommy performed for the ‘Where the Action Is’ cameras,” recalls Bobby, “Keith and I stood in the crowd along the wall, watching from the sidelines. Well, it turns out that when the camera panned by to capture the crowd and the dancers, we were included in some of the shots. This ‘cameo’ appearance would have absolutely no impact on my own career. But Keith Allison? Well now, that’s another story. In the next few days,” he goes on, the producers of the show were “flooded with thousands of letters from all over the country. The viewers wanted to know ‘was that really Paul McCartney in the audience?’” Hart claims he then put Allison in touch with the programme’s makers who “told him… his appearance sparked the biggest fan response they ever received. When they learned that he sang and played guitar, they signed him to appear as a regular guest-member…” He was “an overnight sensation.” He “began dominating the pages of the fan-magazines and soon signed with ‘Columbia Records.’” In a 2014 interview, Allison gave a similar recollection. He claims he was desperate to get paid for that session work (“I needed to pay my damn rent, or I was gonna get evicted.”), so he needed to get that pay-cheque signed by either Hart or Boyce as soon as possible, so he went looking for them and was told they were both at “a television taping. A new show… down at the Whisky a Go Go. So I went down to the Whisky… And a stage-manager said, ‘we need butts in seats!’ So I sat down. The camera did several shots of me, about four or five seconds each.” Then later “what had happened was, they got bags of mail after that show aired…” This impromptu appearance on the TV-show, he claims, occurred in “April or May 1965.” And, below, Keith in photo-form accompanied by a similar telling of events in a magazine-article. It dates from October 1965, and it informs us that, a few months before its publication, he’d “happened one day to wander” into the Whisky “in search of a friend who was then appearing at the club.” It doesn’t reveal who the “friend” was that he was looking for, but it could well have been either Boyce or Hart. Almost matching what Allison said in his 2014 interview of being roped-in whilst at the club to appear in the shooting of Where the Action Is because “butts in seats” were needed, the article claims that the production-executive of the show “asked him to sit down” as she was “desperately in need of people to fill the club’s chairs and act as an audience for the show.”

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So, taking into account Hart’s and Allison’s personal recollections of that day at the Whisky and what came about because of it, and the fact that Where the Action Is began screening in 1965, what gives with the translation of the article Valis posted on the ‘Nothing is Real’ forum? The information in it doesn’t add up whichever way I’ve tried. Has it been translated wrong perhaps? I don’t know personally but I can’t see how, the discrepancies are perhaps too complex to have been solely caused due to that. The errors are factual, not grammatical. I’ll leave my supposing there because, as I mentioned earlier, I don’t speak or read Dutch. Now, apparently, and as promised earlier, here’s the article itself in its original, non-English worded form…

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A search on the internet for more information about this so-called ‘Beatles Protection Society’ brings up nothing except for the post on the Paul Was Replaced forum. Furthermore, with regards to Keith Allison, of the interviews I’ve read of his that are available online, he talks quite extensively about his career in the 1960s, which included session work for The Monkees, live tours with Buddy Holly’s Crickets, a regular almost weekly performance stint on Where the Action Is until it came to an end in 1967, and time as a member of the band Paul Revere and The Raiders, but makes no reference within any of them to this ‘society’ or having acted in any other shape or form as a look-a-like decoy for The Beatles – and you would’ve thought he’d talk about that, right? Well, maybe so – unless it’s not to be mentioned perhaps? Here’s a photo of him – or, is that Paul?, we’re asked – next to a photograph of John, on the front-cover of a US teenagers’ magazine dated March 1966, six months before McCartney ‘died’ in the ‘car-crash.’ Incidentally, I can’t help spare a thought for the caption on the cover that reads ‘THE REAL JOHN LENNON.’ I suppose by “REAL,” the writers of the mag are letting us know that, if we look inside the pages, we’ll get a lowdown on what makes Lennon tick, some of his private, innermost thoughts, his personality and his life away from the glare of publicity – right? But, given that this ‘REAL’ tagline features alongside the headshot of Allison, an alleged ‘fake Beatle,’ you might be tempted to conclude that this was, also, a deliberately placed subliminal suggestion about something we mustn’t really know about. (Doubles? Decoys?… Just a thought).

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If I’d have gone ahead and read what’s been written about Keith Allison over the years without knowing what he actually looked like, I’d believe that he was an uncanny, breath-taking ringer for Paul McCartney. But, of course, I do know and, well, I don’t see it myself. Yeah sure, there’s a likeness, certainly enough for him to serve as a decoy of the ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ type for The Beatles if required, but not much else. He couldn’t act as a long-term stand-in such as portrayed in the Nowhere Man play let’s say. Reports and headlines of the two men’s striking resemblance of one another are overstated in my opinion. Maybe those stories of phone-calls flooding into the offices of the Where the Action Is television-show is a myth or was a PR stunt at the time dreamt up to boost audience-ratings? Or maybe the camera that was panning that day in ‘65 at The Whisky didn’t stay long enough on Allison for the viewers to realise that, actually, who they were looking at wasn’t Beatle Paul? As Keith himself has said, “the camera… shots of me” were “about four or five seconds each.” That’s all.

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I don’t know what the real deal is with regards to this ‘Beatles Protection Society,’ but just because information regarding the existence of something is scant, such as it is with this, and just because whatever info there is, and as rare as it might be, is somewhat shaky, like with what Valis has put forward, doesn’t mean it never existed. It’s worth a closer look, and if it did exist then what was The Beatles’ own personal involvement in it? I’m wondering, would the so-called ‘Beatle Bobbies’ have been – as it were – a team of outside contractors who put up their services for hire to the band’s manager, Brian Epstein, or, actually, created by him and/or his inner circle of trusted fixers and helpers, an in-house production? Either way, John, Paul, George and Ringo would very most likely have been aware of what was happening back then in some shape or form. Keith Allison is as good a place to start as any for clues or answers to the possible existence of this ‘society,’ even if he wasn’t McCartney’s – pardon the pun – dead ringer. From looking around on the internet very briefly at some of the folk who follow and comment on P.i.D., I see there’s at least one who’s suggested that, whilst the Where the Action Is star’s facial resemblance to the ‘authentic Paul’ who ‘died’ isn’t passable enough for doppelganger status, he might have been used at least as a sometime stand-in for Beatles photo-shoots. It’s also been proposed that he might have undergone plastic surgery, a fairly minor touch-up, to attain a convincing likeness for the real, but ‘deceased’ one, but that’s a possibility that I don’t personally subscribe to. However, I think it’s worth noting that on one occasion whilst looking for background info on Allison via ‘Google’ for this article, when I typed-in the name, ‘Keith Allison,’ the search-engine’s ‘predictive’/‘autocompletion’ feature suggested, ‘Keith Allison plastic surgeon’… How intriguing!, I thought. So I clicked it, and this came up… Well (!)…

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No, well of course it’s not the actual Keith Allison of Paul Revere and The Raiders fame, it’s a younger – much younger – Keith Allison, a British-based ‘NHS’ (’National Health Service’) plastic-surgeon …

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Make of that what you will, and ‘Beatles Protection Society’ or not, there’s certainly some very interesting connections, both personal and professional, to The Beatles and Keith Allison (the musician – not plastic surgeon!). According to the website ‘Internet Movie Database’ (‘IMDb’), the Where the Action Is star “won a ‘Paul look-a-like’ contest” in 1965, a contest sponsored by Dick Clark as well as “the American teen magazine ‘Tiger Beat,’” and “The Beatles.” However, I’ve been unable to locate any info about this other than on IMDb in order to back it up. I will note however that Tiger Beat was a magazine that The Beatles’ long-time and trusted Press-officer, Derek Taylor, regularly contributed articles to sometime around the mid/late 1960s, this would’ve been from about 1964 when he’d stopped working for the band following an argument with Brian Epstein, but not after 1968 which is when he went to work for the group at their then new company, ‘Apple.’ During that period, when he wasn’t in the employ of John, Paul, George and Ringo, he was a PR-man for a number of other music-acts including The Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Captain Beefheart, and, Paul Revere and The Raiders, who Allison joined in 1968 and who he’d been on personal terms with long before. He and the band had been friends and fellow recurring/permanent cast-members on Where the Action Is (Allison reportedly clocked in 90 episodes of the 459 of the show that were screened, and Paul Revere and The Raiders, 173). Another returning attraction on the show, although nowhere near as frequently as Keith, was (on 12 episodes) Peter and Gordon, the British duo who enjoyed a number of hits during the 1960s and, of course, included in its line-up, Peter Asher, whose sister, Jane Asher, was Paul McCartney’s girlfriend between 1963 and ’68. Here’s a photo of her brother (on the right) with Allison (middle) in 2015…

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And from Allison’s FaceBook page, here’s a photo of Keith with ex-Beatle Paul – or, alternatively, depending on your point of view – it’s Faul with Keith, or Paul with ’fake’ decoy Beatle Bobbie Paul, or Faul with Faul, or whatever (take your pick)… And, incidentally, should I be suspicious that, in the image of the two, one of them has his face largely obscured from the shot, and so we don’t get a side-by-side comparison of their facial features?…

Keith and Paul

As I mentioned earlier, Keith has regularly played on stage with The Crickets. One of the founder-members of the group is none other than his cousin, the drummer, Jerry Allison – he co-wrote the classics ‘That’ll Be the Day’ and ‘Peggy Sue’ with the band’s famed front-man Buddy Holly who died in 1959, and the publishing rights of these two compositions, years after his death, were bought by, and currently in the ownership of, ‘MPL,’ the company owned by Paul McCartney, who’s often talked about the influence the bespectacled singer/song-writer had on him during his pre-fame formative period in Liverpool – indeed, as noted elsewhere on this site, the word, ‘Beatles’ (‘Beetles’) has been attributed, partly, as having been inspired by the band-name ‘The Crickets.’ In the 1980s the former Beatle produced the track ‘T-Shirt’ on The Crickets’ album of the same title. It was released as a single, and the B-side was the cut, ‘Holly Would,’ co-written by Jerry Allison (and featured on the album also).

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From his FaceBook page, here’s Keith with The Crickets sometime during the mid-Sixties. The moustachioed guy is his cousin, Jerry…

Keith with The Crickets mid sixties

According to IMDb, Keith has appeared in a number of movies over the years, and here too we see varying connections worthy of note between him and The Beatles. For one, there’s his appearance, as miniscule as it is, in the big-screen musical version of the band’s album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’ Released in 1978 with – as far as I can gather – no personal input from either John, Paul, George or Ringo although their one-time regular producer, George Martin arranged and directed the music, it’s a star-studded feature partly centred around the fortunes of a small town that’s called Heartland, a wholesome, happy, peaceful place that’s then thrown into turmoil after the malevolent Mr. Mustard (played by British comedian, Frankie Howerd) breaks into the City Hall and steals a tuba, saxophone, cornet and drum, all of which have the power to make dreams come true and that were bequeathed to the local community by the now-deceased owner of them, Sergeant Pepper who, with his Lonely Hearts Club Band, had, in the past, generated so much happiness in the music they played that it even caused troops in World War I to stop fighting. As long as the instruments remain in the town’s care, humanity will live happily forever after. But following the theft, Heartland is transformed into a depraved, deprived environment, paving the way for a takeover by Mr. Mustard’s bosses, the evil music-group, ‘FVB’ – the ‘Future Villain Band’ (played by Aerosmith) – who want to poison young minds and herald in a dictatorship. Their plans however are thwarted by a young band of musicians led by the English Pop/Rock-star Peter Frampton, who stars in the film as Sgt. Pepper’s grandson who goes by the name of – here we go again – Billy. That’s Billy as in Billy Shears (‘Billy Shears,’ name-checked on the opening track of the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album and, according to P.i.D.ers of course, is otherwise known as William Shepherd, Paul’s ‘replacement’ after his ‘death’). Keith’s appearance in this movie is so small that I’m not absolutely certain where he actually is in it, and I have watched it too, from beginning to end. From what I can gather (thanks to IMDb and ‘Wikipedia’), he’s one of the dozens upon dozens of ‘special guests’ singing along at the end of the film to the reprise of the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album theme and is joined by a huge host of well-known names including Tina Turner, Donovan, Robert Palmer, and Curtis Mayfield. Below is a screen-cap from those closing scenes. Now – okay, I might be wrong – but I’ve placed a red circle around the guy I think is most likely Keith Allison. He has been known to sport a beard at times over the years (as the photo I’ve imposed into the cap shows), so – I’m thinking – that might be him. It’s the closest that I could find to a likeness to the guy from all the assorted ‘special guests.’

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In the movie, joining Billy Shears in his band are his friends, Mark, David and Bob Henderson – played by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb AKA The Bee Gees who, at the time, were being managed by Robert Stigwood who, back in the 1960s, was approached by Brian Epstein and made a partner of his ‘NEMS Enterprises,’ the company that handled the careers of his stable of stars that included singer-entertainer Cilla Black, the group Gerry and The Pacemakers and, of course, The Beatles. It’s said that when news of the partnership began to filter out somewhere from about the autumn of 1966, it sent shockwaves and bewilderment throughout music-business/industry circles. No one was expecting this merger but, we’re told, the day-to-day running of the organisation had become too much of a pressure and a grinding chore for Epstein who wanted to relinquish responsibility and hand most of it over to someone else. According to his friend and a director of NEMS, Peter Brown, Brian offered to sell a controlling share of the company – 51% – to Robert for £500,000 and gave him a deadline of May 1967 – and later extended to September of that year – to raise the necessary funds to buy. Following Brian’s death in August however, the deal faltered and failed, largely thanks to The Beatles’ refusal to have Stigwood as their new manager. As a result, he went on his way, and took a very valuable asset with him because it was during his time at the company that he met the then largely unknown Bee Gees and started representing them, and it was at NEMS that the group’s rise to international stardom actually began (and much to Epstein’s chagrin, it’s said). When he left, they went with him. From there, Robert diversified into theatre and movies as a producer being the man behind the big-screen smashes ‘Saturday Night Fever’ (with its Bee Gees conceived soundtrack), ‘Grease,’ as well as the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ film in 1978. That same year saw the release in cinemas of his comedy-musical ‘Sextette’ starring a substantial amount of well-known names, including Ringo. Veteran Hollywood icon Mae West heads the cast playing the lead-role of Marlo Manners, a six-times-married screen-siren, sex symbol and occasional secret honey-trap for the US Government, and who, during a visit to London, inadvertently becomes embroiled in a geo-political crisis involving a world leaders‘ conference taking place at the hotel where she’s staying. Starr is Laslo Karonly, one of her numerous ex-husbands. Also appearing, to note just a few, there’s Alice Cooper (who also appears in the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ film, as the mind-controlling, brainwashing Father Sun), The Who’s Keith Moon, and – yep – the other Keith (Allison). As in the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ movie, Allison’s role in Sextette is brief – very brief – lasting around, by my estimations, eight seconds. Just below here, a scan of him in it. He’s playing a hotel waiter delivering a cake to the room of a Russian diplomat by the name of Alexei Andreyev Karansky, as played by Tony Curtis, whose back is facing us in the pic below, and who of course, is also one of the illustrious array of faces included on the front-cover of the ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album, and Mae West is featured on that too, as you probably know, and, back in the 1960s, her publicist, for a short time, was none other than Derek Taylor. Incidentally, one of the songs performed in Sextette is The Beatles’ ‘Honey Pie’ from 1968’s ‘White Album.’

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Allison in Sextette

 

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Tony Curtis and Mae West, as seen on the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album

While Allison has never – to my knowledge, anyway – spoken about his alleged role in the so-called ‘Protection Society’ as a decoy/‘fake Beatle,’ he’s certainly chatted in some detail about his close friendship with Ringo. Keith says he was the musical director for Starr’s backing-band, and has recalled, “he and I were like real good friends. We shared a house together for several years, off and on in the ‘70s.” Also, he claims he got to meet Lennon, McCartney and Harrison during this time through his relationship with the ex-Beatles drummer.
Here’s Ringo and Keith, sometime in the 1970s I’d guess…

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And here they are many years later (a pic posted on Allison‘s FaceBook page in July 2018):

July 8th 2018

Also, Allison is said to have been closely involved in the making of the 1978 one-off US TV-special ‘Ringo.’ He even appears in it, or so I’m led to understand anyway, I mean, I don’t know about you, but, having watched it myself more than a couple of times over the decades, I’m not sure where in it he shows up, but it must be brief by the looks of it… very brief. According to IMDb, he plays the part of, and I quote, “Ringo’s roadside attraction recording-engineer.” One blogger I’ve come across on the ‘net – and who’s as puzzled as me it seems as to Allison’s whereabouts in the TV-special – has scanned a shot of a person in it that might be him… Here it is…

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For whatever reason it came to pass, it’s interesting (I think) that ‘fake Beatle’/‘decoy’ Allison had some personal involvement with the ‘Ringo’ television-show. After all, in this small-screen mini-musical in which Starr appears as, essentially, his real Rock-star/celebrity self – Ringo – he also plays the role of a character who’s his doppelganger and who replaces him. Featuring guest appearances from Carrie Fisher, Vincent Price, Angie Dickinson and John Ritter, the TV-special begins with a scene at a Press-conference where George Harrison provides us with the story’s premise. He tells us that Ringo and the double, a downtrodden loser by the name of Ognir Rrats (yes… that’s ‘Ringo Starr’ backwards), were apparently born at the “very same moment, the very same second, in the very same country – England, remarkably both children though born of different parents look exactly alike.” Said to have been based on the idea behind the 19th century novel ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ by Mark Twain and that tells the story of a young prince and a pauper who look exactly alike and who swap places as a result, ‘Ringo’ sees Rrats and Starr take on each other’s identities and, as a consequence, their respective lives also.

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George in the Press-conference scene with the identical baby versions of Ringo and Ognir

Here’s one if you’re into your occult symbols, another scan from the TV-special, it’s from towards the end of it when Ringo (not Ognir) performs on stage, under a pyramid. Joining him are his band, the one that Allison says he was musical-director for…

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Perhaps in reference to his life during the Beatlemania years, in the TV-special, Ringo tells Ognir that he wants to swap places with him so that he can taste a carefree life away from the relentless, tiring treadmill of television appearances, concerts, recording-sessions and autograph signings. He wants to be like the regular, “average” folk who can “come and go as they please.” As George tells us at the beginning, the “fame and fortune did very little to make him happy.” Whilst I doubt that the real-life Ringo a.k.a. Richard Starkey would be willing to let go of the fortune that Harrison mentions, have there been times, especially during the Beatle years, when Starr felt as hemmed in by the fame as his fictionalised self does? Did it ever become, as he says in the TV-special, a “prison”? I have no idea who came up with the concept of the ‘Ringo’ show. It could well have been Ringo himself and based on his own life. To me, he always seemed to be the one who was most comfortable with his celebrity status within the band, but, of course, there could’ve been times when he may indeed have felt like swapping places for a bit with an Ognir. Maybe that’s what Paul – that’s the live, real, genuine – Paul McCartney has done in some way shape or form over the years when he’s seen fit? Just suppose that the 1978 TV-special was trying to tell us that in a subliminal/fantasy-fiction-type way? Is that a bit too far-out?… According to Peter Brown, who, following Brian Epstein’s death in 1967, eventually went on to work for The Beatles as Executive Director at their company, Apple, the reason the band nearly bought themselves a Greek island in the latter half of that year was in order to escape the prying eyes and the ever pervading attention brought by their fame. That’s a huge, and unusual extreme to take for some privacy. “I was in my office one day… when the Beatles’ private phone rang. It was John calling to say that The Beatles were moving out of England! The Beatles were talking about how sick and tired they were of notoriety,” states Brown in his book ‘The Love You Make.’ “John suggested they escape it all by creating their own little kingdom, like an island. On the island they would build beautiful houses and the best studio money could buy…” Following the phone-call, according to Peter, he and his team went about making the necessary enquiries to bag The Beatles an island, and soon John, Paul, George and Ringo were in Greece shopping for one. Eventually, however, they had a change of heart and gave up the idea altogether. In Barry Miles’ book ‘Many Years from Now,’ McCartney says it was “a good job” that they didn’t buy one in the end, “because anyone who tried those ideas realised eventually there would always be arguments, there would always be who has to do the washing-up and whose turn it is to clean out the latrines. I don’t think any of us were thinking of that.” One way – of many – in which all of the Beatles dodged the attentions of fans in their years together was by wearing disguises… As I mentioned earlier, there was a member of the band that had spoken publicly in the mainstream Press during the ‘mania’ period about having taken part in decoy tricks. That was George Harrison, who said he and John, Paul and Ringo had dressed up as policemen so that they could avoid any danger of getting noticed and mobbed by fans on their way to a concert that they were scheduled to appear at in Birmingham, the English city. In the newspaper report below, which I’m guessing is from 1963 (and that’s taken from the book ‘Early Beatles. In the News – Volume Four,’ a compilation of original newspaper and magazine clippings of the band from the Sixties and collected together by Colin Barratt), George says he and his fellow band-mates donned police-helmets as disguises after the van that The Beatles were travelling in on their way to the performance-venue broke down on the M1 motorway. Under the headline, ‘P-c (Police-constable) Beatles’ Dodge Those Fans, Harrison recalls that the vehicle was towed-off for repair by the British automotive recovery company, ‘RAC’ (’Royal Automobile Club’) and from there “we drove to the police headquarters in Birmingham, where they told us to put the helmets on. It was great fun.” According to the newspaper report, the band, “disguised as policemen,” were then “smuggled into a theatre past hundreds of their fans” by “wearing police-helmets and dark coats” and “taken for a ride in a Black Maria (a.k.a. police-van)… this ‘beat-the-Beatlemania’ operation was a complete success. A decoy police-van was driven down the street. Then a Black Maria arrived at the gates of the stage-door. A secret knock… and the Black Maria nipped through before fans realised what had happened”…

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Furthermore, in 1963, according to the book, ‘Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation’ by Rock/music biographer, Philip Norman, Ringo dressed himself in disguise before checking-in to an English hospital with ear-ache. He was “rushed to the hospital disguised in an overcoat, hat and spectacles that, as one reporter noted, ‘made him look like’” the German playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht “‘being smuggled out of Germany’” during the Nazis’ reign of the country prior to and during the Second World War.

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Bertolt Brecht

In the book ‘History with The Beatles,’ its author, Bradford E. Loker, reports that, one evening in October 1963, George Harrison “snuck out, in disguise, and attended a Rolling Stones / Everly Brothers / Bo Diddley concert” in London. What exactly he wore to evade attention and whether his disguise succeeded or not isn‘t mentioned, but what’s striking to me nevertheless is that he’s described as having ‘snuck out’ – of his apartment I guess. He couldn’t just walk out, open and close his front-door and make his way. Whether dressed incognito or not, he had to ‘sneak.’ Such was the Beatles’ stratospheric level of fame back then, especially during those ‘mania’ years it seems, that it must have been, at times, quite claustrophobic for them, to be stifled of free movement as they might well have been. In her book, ‘John,’ Cynthia Lennon, who first met John when they were art-students together in Liverpool long before he became a world-famous Pop-star, has included such a description of the band’s celebrity that, according to her, began to enter into the realms of the manic in October 1963, sometime around the release of their fifth UK single, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and their appearance on the hugely popular British TV-show ‘Sunday Night at the London Palladium.’ She recalled, “suddenly they couldn’t go anywhere without protection. Things they had taken for granted all their lives, like going to the pub, walking down the street or visiting a friend, were no longer possible. Just getting from a car to a door a couple of yards away was a major operation.” In January ‘64, she and John, and their baby son, Julian, moved into their first, real family home, a flat in an apartment-building in London, but it wasn’t long before the fans discovered their address and made their way there. “We woke one morning to find teenage girls camped on the pavement outside. After that they were always there, day and night. If any of the residents in the flats accidentally left the front-door open they would grab their chance and slip in. We’d find them camped… in the hallway, with sleeping-bags and Thermos-flasks. When I took Julian out in his pram fans would surround us, begging for a glimpse of him, and the pram would virtually disappear as they swarmed round it, clamouring, ‘oh, Cyn, isn’t he sweet? Can I touch him? Can I cuddle him?’ Or, ‘oh, Cyn where do you get your hair done? You’re so lucky to have John. Where do you buy your clothes?’ On and on it went. Most were well-meaning, and many were very young. The problem was that there were so many of them… It could be overwhelming and sometimes frightening. Inside the flat,” she recalled, she and John “were fine. With the fans down in the street below we felt safe and peaceful several floors up. But once the fans discovered us it was clear that we couldn’t stay there for long and we wondered where we could go to escape the attention.” Is it any wonder then, perhaps, that The Beatles should mask themselves in fake spectacles or whatever else just so they might get some form of, in Cynthia’s words, “escape” from the ever present crowds of fans? In the second instalment of this two (or three?)-part article, the emphasis on disguises will be expanded upon and will also, on the way, take us into the realms of what many would undoubtedly describe as ‘the weird,’ the unexplained, the slightly surreal, the uncanny (a bit) and the downright puzzling. And so, if you thought this here instalment you’ve just read had some intriguing little twists, turns and ‘coincidences’ in it, well, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Get ready for more of that and, as I mentioned right at the beginning of this in the opening paragraph, some head-scratchingly inducing info, muddy and covered in contradictions.

 

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http://ultimateclassicrock.com/35-years-ago-ringo-tv-special-airs/

YouTube: “Ringo”, a Ringo Starr US-TV special, aired April 26, 1978

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‘Our Interesting Times’ pod-cast chat about ‘The Occult Beatles,’ 1960s ‘swinging’ London, the counter-culture, and the Profumo scandal.

Earlier this year – in February 2018 to be exact – I, Matt Sergiou, had the pleasure of guesting on ‘Our Interesting Times,’ the regularly updated series of pod-casts about all that is conspiratorial in this messed-up old world of ours, and as hosted by Tim Kelly. He’d invited me on to chat about an article I posted here on ‘The Occult Beatles’ back in that same month… You might remember it? Titled ’Scandal in a Small World,’ it’s a lengthy piece centring largely around the so-called ‘Profumo affair’ of 1963, that headline-hitting Cold War-flavoured scandal involving the-then British Secretary of State for War John Profumo, a Russian military man (and spy) Yevgeny Ivanov, a high society osteopath and “pimp,” Stephen Ward, and his “prostitute,” Christine Keeler. Her death in 2017 at the age of 75 got me reflecting on the huge impact that historians tell us she and this affair had, not only in the bringing down of the UK Conservative Party Government of that time, but also the birth of the sexually permissive ‘swinging Sixties,’ an era that was also helped into being with Beatlemania, which broke into mass consciousness in Britain at precisely around the same time as the Profumo scandal… Accident, or design? Given that we’re told British culture was turned upside down by these events and heralded in the decade that apparently saw a major disintegration of traditional family and societal values and mores and, more to the point, is believed or at least suspected to have deliberately been designed to do so as part of some grand social engineering plot, well, that’s why I ask. Following Christine’s death last year, I went about looking to see if there were any more significant connections between her and The Beatles. You can check out what I discovered (if you haven’t already) in the link below, it’ll take you to the aforementioned article…

https://theoccultbeatles.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/christine-keeler-scandal-from-a-small-world/

As well as chatting about the Profumo affair and its connections in one way shape or form to The Beatles, during my guest-spot on Our Interesting Times, Tim and I also discuss, in his words, “the peculiar milieu of popular musicians, entertainers, politicians, spooks and gangsters that came to be known as ‘swinging London.’” The ‘swinging’ era of Sixties London eventually morphed into the so-called ‘counter-culture’ bringing with it LSD, hippies and psychedelia. Now, most reading this, I’m quite sure, are familiar with the work of David McGowan and his research into the US/Laurel Canyon scene of the 1960s and his contention that most of the bands and music-artists from that were part of a social engineering plot backed by the intelligence services, military, Government, and the supposed ‘elite’ bloodline families. In recent times, and initially inspired by his findings, I’ve dedicated most of my time into looking deeply into the UK counter-culture (predominantly, London) to see if it has any parallels with that. I mean, surely, if such a plot existed in America then it would have been the same in Britain which was, after all, a massively major cultural influence in the so-called ‘western world’ during the Sixties? As I mention in my pod-cast chat, this is an area of research that I first began to look in to not that long ago and at a time when I was considering a revamp of ‘Conspiro Media,’ the parent-site of The Occult Beatles and that I first went online with in 2011 with the aim of looking into the dark, occult world of music, movies and TV. By 2016, I’d grown disillusioned with the direction it was taking and wanted to focus more of my time on 1960s counter-cultural London, to the point that I began to seriously consider putting it out to pasture, and indeed, that was my mindset back in February this year when I appeared on Our Interesting Times, and I say as much to Tim during our pod-cast chat. However… since then, I’ve had a bit of a rethink. My delving in to the history and the events surrounding Sixties Britain is a major project for me, there’s years of work ahead, but I now intend to use both Conspiro Media the site and its accompanying ‘FaceBook’ page predominantly as a platform for what I have to share. Any way!…
If you like, you can listen to my chat with Tim below, either via ‘YouTube’ or ‘Podomatic’…

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/tkelly6785757/episodes/2018-02-19T09_42_10-08_00

Check out Tim’s site, Our Interesting Times, in full, here:

https://tkelly6785757.podomatic.com/

 

The Egypt Connections, and, I Spy the All-Seeing Eye…

Ever seen this photograph before? I hadn’t until I stumbled across it on the ‘net not that long ago and, upon seeing it, just felt that I had to share it here for your interest and perusal. Significant to most due to it being the last said photo to have been taken of Ringo Starr and John Lennon together before his assassination, it is, of course, notable also for the T-shirt he’s wearing…

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According to the websites I’ve seen it posted on, the photo originates from sometime circa late 1970s. 1979 according to some, 1978 to at least one other. Presumably, it would have been snapped in New York where Lennon had been residing for the majority of that decade. Anyway, there it is, emblazoned across his T-shirt, that notorious old pyramid and eye pic. Okay, I’m assuming that most folk who come reading here, perhaps you yourself, will need no mention from me about the darkly-occult/conspiratorial elements this symbol is said to represent, so, do forgive me. Please don’t think me as patronising if you’re familiar with that, but for the sake of any newbies reading this, I’ll just summarise very quickly through the words of David Icke – from one of his numerous books on the alternative history of the world, ‘The David Icke Guide to the Global Conspiracy (and how to end it)’ – what, essentially, it’s about.
So, as seen on the American one dollar bill, the pyramid with the detached capstone with eye dubbed the ‘Eye of Providence’ and/or the ‘All-Seeing Eye,’ a prominent symbol within Freemasonry…

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“The pyramid and the All-Seeing Eye, or pyramid with the capstone missing,” Icke states, is a “major Illuminati symbol… The pyramid is the pyramid of control and the eye represents ‘the watchers,’ or at least that’s the symbolism on one level.” He doesn’t elaborate too much into any other levels of this symbolism but I’ll hazard a guess and presume what he means in part by that is that not any one symbol is necessarily an emblem exclusive to a negative/dark-side such as ‘the watchers,’ but can be seen and/or used for/by the positive too. A very good case in point, the eye, within certain cultures, far from it being deemed wholly a motif of and for the ‘Illuminati’ and suchlike, is thought to ward off the ‘evil eye’ of envy. I know this from my own background, British-born to Greek-Cypriot parents, both Greece and the nearby island of Cyprus are hugely influenced by Christianity and the church in one way shape or form, deeply ingrained as they are in the fabric of everyday regular life, but, juxtaposed with, what at least one priest I know personally who hails from that part of the world would, I’m sure if I were to put it to him, declare is ‘Satanic,’ and that is, the popular, daily presence of and high regard for eye symbolism. Walk into a shop or someone’s house, or step into a taxi-cab and there, amongst one or two icons of Jesus and/or the disciples and a ‘Holy Saint of someone or other,’ you might see a round, mostly blue-coloured gemstone-like ‘evil eye’ hanging from a wall, or a rear-view mirror. They’re not there to signify or celebrate darkness, but to deflect it. Within Greek-Cypriot homes and communities they’re used to keep at bay the negative, damaging, ill-wishing vibes of jealousy be that from a work-colleague, or indeed a friend or relative. Available in many sizes and forms, you can wear the eye too, as a necklace or a bracelet or wristband for example. I have one, small it is, like a shined-up pebble and that sits on my desk next to my computer where I type these articles up. This is it…

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Not wanting to put words into Icke’s mouth, but, a symbol, such as the pyramid and the eye, is, on one level, dark, negative, malevolent, and on another, light. Positive. The direction it can ultimately take between the two is for the person armed with the emblems to determine. A knife in one man’s hand might be used to murder another, whilst in the possession of someone else it’s slicing loaves to feed and provide sustenance. It’s not the knife at blame but the person holding it. It’s about the intent. With regards to Lennon and that T-shirt, the question is (as far as I’m concerned anyway) what was his intention? Again, for any newbies, from David Icke, “the All-Seeing Eye is… in the symbol of the MI5 wing of British Intelligence. The All-Seeing Eye is the symbol of the American television network, ‘Columbia Broadcasting System,’ better known as ‘CBS’… In 2002, the deeply sinister ‘US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’ (‘DAARPA’), the research and development arm of the Department of Defense, launched the ‘Information Awareness Office,’ a propaganda operation with the potential for mass-surveillance. It chose a familiar symbol – the pyramid and All-Seeing Eye. There are so many I could point out, but if you are new to this you’ll be able to see them all over the place now…”IAO-logo It’s a symbol of course that, in one shape or form, has been massively prevalent, a mainstay even, within the music-world whether it be in album-cover artwork, or the logos of record companies and labels or in the videos that their bands and solo artists appear in. If we’re to believe what some of Lennon’s detractors have claimed, such as author, researcher and self-proclaimed ‘former intelligence-agent-turned-whistleblower,’ John Coleman, that The Beatles were controlled and steered by the All-Seeing ‘watchers’ in order to corrupt the Sixties youth generation of the western world, then maybe, yeah, John chose to wear the symbol as a subliminal badge of honour, allegiance and obedience to his masters, as so many famous musicians have done both past and present. On the other hand, this is a guy who during the late 1960s and early ’70s used his powerful, influential profile to speak out and protest in criticism of what ‘the Establishment’ – or as it was known back then amongst the young, ‘the man’ – had inflicted upon the world and he was seemingly such an outspoken and proactive campaigner against the Vietnam War that US President Nixon actively conspired to have him deported from the United States whilst the FBI collected a file on him, monitored his live shows and the content of his music-recordings and even tried to set him up in a drug-bust. Britain’s MI5, it’s claimed, was monitoring him too. As far as I’m aware, in all the years that Lennon spoke out against ‘the man’ in countless newspaper/magazine/radio/TV interviews he never mentioned ‘Illuminati’ or ‘pyramids of control’ or the ‘New World Order,’ however, when he did speak out against the forces who conspire against us, he often (IMO) got it pretty bang on point. There are countless quotes I could add here to illustrate this, but here’s just a couple. In 1966, he’s said to have opined, “the trouble with government as is it is that it doesn’t represent the people. It controls them. All they seem to want to do – the people who run the country – is keep themselves in power and stop us knowing what’s going on… I’m not saying politicians are all terrible men. It’s just the system of government that I don’t like. It’ll be hard to change.” In 1968, he declared, “I think all our society is run by insane people for insane objectives… I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends… I think they’re all insane…” These are quotes that resonate deeply today, decades after his death, and that were uttered years before the mass-internet,  long before the emergence of the ‘alternative’/conspiracy-site media and the digital-age ‘Truthers,’ who, in one way shape or form, echo his words. Lennon, in some respects, was a prototype of all of them. In his book ‘Come Together. John Lennon in His Time,’ Jon Wiener, the historian and journalist who staged a successful decades-long legal battle to have the FBI release its secret documents on John, features a quote by Robin Blackwell. He’s a former editor of ‘Red Mole,’ a short-lived British ‘revolutionary’ newspaper of the early ‘70s, and he recalls that, at that time, the-then former Beatle “was setting up a project with a not-very-well-assorted group of people who were into alternative technology, alternative media, alternative politics and lifestyles.” However, it never came to pass. Lennon was also a fan, financial supporter of and personally acquainted with Mae Brussell one of the early conspiracy researchers, she’d been at it since the days of the JFK assassination, when today’s veterans such as David Icke would barely have been out of wearing short-pants. Also, Paul Krassner, a major mover and shaker in the Sixties counter-culture in the US is said to have spoken to John back in the early ‘70s about the possibility that many of the leading singers and musicians who’d died up to that point in time had been taken out, murdered by ‘the man.’ He told Lennon about his “theory that, with all the political assassinations, there were also cultural assassinations. I was wondering what he thought about the possibility that the deaths of Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix… may have been made to look like suicides, because they were rebels and role-models on the crest of the wave. John said, ‘no, no, they were just going in a self-destructive direction.’ A few months after that, when things must have gotten really heavy with him, he reminded me of that conversation and said, ‘listen, if anything happens to Yoko and me, it was not an accident.’” John is said to have made that warning to Krassner some time in 1972 when the FBI / US Government was hot on his tail. Lennon, by many accounts, was a voracious reader and seeker of knowledge in a wide range of topics from world affairs and politics to philosophy, religion and the occult. He might not have spoken openly about ‘the Illuminati’ or the ‘pyramid of control’ whilst in the glare of the media’s attention, but, of course, that doesn’t prove he was ignorant of such things. His associations with the likes of Krassner and Mae Brussell might add credence to this possibility, and John’s T-shirt, by my estimations, may very well suggest this too. He was comfortable enough to wear it again a year or two later. Below, a scan of a page from the website ‘Wornfree.com’ and that features a photo of John from, it’s claimed, 1980. From what I can see, it was most probably taken by now-veteran photographer to the Rock-stars, Bob Gruen. The blurb next to it and that gives us some background on the contents of the tee concludes that Lennon probably bought it “for a laugh” as if (I assume) he thought the whole Illuminati connotations of it ridiculous. Whatever, some might find it sadly ironic, if not inevitable given his biting outspokenness against governments, the military and so-called world-leaders, that it wouldn’t have been too long after this photo was taken with him wearing it that he met his end at the behest of ‘the watchers.’ (CLICK TO ENLARGE)…

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Far from Lennon buying the T-shirt “for a laugh,” he may have been drawn to it because it appealed to his apparent interest in ancient knowledge and history. Here’s a photo of John and Yoko Ono in Egypt by the pyramids in, I’m guessing, the late ‘70s some time (?)…

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Below, an excerpt from ‘Lennon in America: 1971-1980, Based in Part on the Lost Lennon Diaries’ by author Geoffrey Giuliano. In it, he details what’s said to have went on when John and Yoko visited Egypt in 1977 and became involved in “a clandestine archaeological dig.” The trip came at a time when the Lennons had begun to “seriously” invest their finances in art, and “while the centrepiece of several valuable paintings was a Renoir, the bulk of their investment was poured into Egyptian artefacts. Relics included a skull, an infant’s breastplate, and a seven-foot lion statue.” Indeed, Ono herself has spoken of her interest for collecting Egyptian antiquities, and which she does, not only because they make a sound financial investment, but also for their “magic power.” In 1980, she said, “to make money, you have to spend money. But if you are going to make money, you have to make it with love. I love Egyptian art. I make sure to get all the Egyptian things, not for their value but for their magic power. Each piece has a certain magic power.” In the excerpt below, Giuliano also mentions a man by the name of Sam Green, an old friend of Yoko’s and “a flamboyant globe-trotting art-dealer… the black sheep from a privileged family… The son of illustrious professors, Green was an ingratiating personality who sought out the company of celebrity millionaires” including Greta Garbo and, it might interest you to know, a member of one of the ‘Illuminati bloodline families,’ Cécile de Rothschild. According to the family’s own website, she was a woman who “inherited many Rothschild passions: motoring, haute-cuisine, yachting, wine, gardening, golfing and painting. Aged 13, she was given by her father Cézanne’s ‘Les Baigneuses,’ and this item formed the basis of her considerable collection which included a number of works by Picasso.”

According to Giuliano’s book:

Sam Green learned from one of his colleagues about a clandestine archaeological dig being conducted in Egypt to unearth an ancient temple. The project, however, needed funding to complete the excavation. When Green relayed this news to Yoko, she could barely wire the money to Cairo fast enough, and began planning a visit to the site. Lennon, too, excited by the prospect of an intercontinental hunt for artefacts, couldn’t wait to get on the plane… John plunged enthusiastically into his sketchbook, drawing romantic Egyptian deserts dotted with camels and Bedouins. He purchased the proper wardrobe, got himself a new passport photo… At the same time, Yoko and Sam Green were finalising the details of a complicated plan to sidestep the Egyptian authorities. Because Egypt’s ancient national treasures were under assault by international art poachers, its governmental authorities instituted safeguards to protect these sacred gravesites, and even resorted to aerial searches to catch would-be raiders. John, eavesdropping from the next room on Yoko and Sam’s conversation, was thrilled to hear that accompanying them would be a cache of potent marijuana…

Arriving in Cairo, the Lennons checked into the ‘Nile Hilton.’ John took a nap before venturing into the city to purchase a wardrobe for the excavation. He ran into Thomas Hoving, former director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, who was in Cairo on his own expedition for art. An enraptured John spent his first night exploring one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the great Cheops Pyramid, built by Pharaoh Khufu, founder of the Fourth Dynasty, around 2680 B.C. Afterwards, he took in the nightly Giza light-show extravaganza, a gaudy commercial tourist attraction he enjoyed thoroughly.

The next day Lennon awoke energised and refreshed. An ardent history buff, he enthusiastically toured the pyramid at Saqqara, which he found even more fascinating than the Cheops site. As he explored the underground chambers, he ran his hands across the hieroglyphics and marvelled at the intricacy of the ancient artwork on the stone walls. Coming upon an open sarcophagus, Lennon was unable to resist the temptation and recklessly tore off a scrap of material as a souvenir. Only later did he wonder if his blasphemous action had incurred the mummy’s curse; he was worried enough to call an emergency meeting with one of Yoko’s mystics.

While Lennon was exploring various sites, Ono was finalising details for the proposed visit to the illicit excavation. The more intent she became, the more Green feared her presence might cause problems. An internationally known celebrity couple wasn’t likely to go unnoticed by the Cairo authorities. Green used Thomas Hoving as a means to discourage Yoko’s plans. He concocted a story that the renowned art director had gotten word of their scheme for obtaining artefacts and stood prepared to alert the authorities himself unless all parties left Egypt immediately. Marlene Weiner, Yoko’s psychic du jour, confirmed the imagined threat, telling her that a certain assertive six-footer they’d meet in Cairo should be avoided. It wasn’t clear if Green encouraged her to make this statement… She (Yoko) was concerned enough to abandon the plan. Surprisingly, John wasn’t all that disappointed by the abrupt turn of events. He had already had his fill of Egypt and was more than anxious to go home.

In the book ‘John Lennon: A Biography,’ Jacqueline Edmondson, its author, notes that John, according to what Sam Green recalled, “believed he had lived” in Egypt “in a previous life.” As you might be well aware, in past articles on both this website and its parent, ‘Conspiro Media,’ I’ve shared the thoughts of veteran symbologist, Robert Richard Hieronimus Ph.D. who suggests that, whoever came up with the band-name, ‘The Beatles,’ may have been unconsciously inspired to do so by the lure of ancient Egyptian motifs, such as the insect, the scarab beetle. He says, “the beetle is actually – in ancient Egypt – a very, very sacred symbol.”

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That’s because it was likened to the “ancient Egyptian beetle-headed god, Khepera, who represented the rising or morning sun. Khepera was among the original creation gods in Egyptian mythology… The scarab was held as a symbol of resurrection and fertility as beetles were believed to be the incarnation of Khepera. There is no reason to believe that whoever came up with the name ‘The Beatles’ was consciously intending to link their name with the Egyptian god of rebirth, but conscious or not, they chose a name which reflected what they were to accomplish – the act of creation. Later in life, John Lennon is reported to have become interested in world mythologies and especially in Egyptian magic. He may have begun to realise that symbols carry psychic energy even when they have not been consciously selected. Some might say synchronicity (meaningful coincidences) played a role in the naming of the most revered Rock and Roll group in history. Like attracts like.” You can read (and hear) more of Robert’s analysis about this (if you haven’t already) in this link:

https://theoccultbeatles.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/back-on-board-the-yellow-submarine-and-getting-submerged-in-symbolism/

According to what The Beatles themselves have said publicly about the origins of the band name, well, it’s a bit confusing and muddled in places because each member that’s spoken about it has recounted a different version of events to the other – but what they are all unanimous on is that it was derived, possibly, from ‘beetles.’ Indeed, for a time, in their earliest days, they did call themselves, The Silver Beetles. Some of the credit for this has been attributed to Stuart Sutcliffe, John Lennon’s friend from his art-college days in Liverpool. According to George Harrison in the official Beatles biography/documentary ‘Anthology,’ “it’s debatable where the name came from. John used to say that he invented it, but…” he went on, “there was The Crickets, who backed Buddy Holly, that similarity; but Stuart was really into Marlon Brando…” There’s a movie in particular Brando starred in, 1953’s ‘The Wild One,’ which follows the exploits of American motorcycle gangs ‘BRMC’ (‘Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’) led by Johnny Strabler (Brando) and the ‘Beetles’ whose head was Chino (played by Lee Marvin). Harrison recalled, “in the movie The Wild One there is a scene where Lee Marvin says: ‘Johnny, we’ve been looking for you, the Beetles have missed you, all the Beetles have missed you.’ Maybe John and Stu were both thinking about it at the time…” Interestingly, as an aside, one of the characters in the film is called ‘Gringo.’ However, there does appear to be a bit of a glitch in George’s account, because, the movie wasn’t released in the UK until 1967. Back in working-class Liverpool in the 1950s, before the days of internet and home-videos and DVDs, neither Harrison or his fellow band-mates would have been able to access it, unless of course they had friends in the motion-picture industry (highly doubtful, right) or physically went overseas to see it. According to McCartney, “it was John and Stuart who thought of the name. One April evening in 1960, John and Stuart announced: ‘Hey, we want to call the band The Beatles.’ We thought, ‘hmm, bit creepy, isn’t it? – It’s all right though, a double meaning.’ One of our favourite groups, The Crickets, had got a dual-meaning name: cricket the game, and crickets the little grasshoppers (we‘ve spoken to The Crickets since, and found that they hadn‘t realised that we had a game called cricket. They never knew they had a second meaning.)” For his part, John recalled, “I was looking for a name like The Crickets that meant two things, and from crickets I got to beetles. And I changed the BEA, because ‘beetles’ didn’t mean two things on its own. When you said it, people thought of crawly things and when you read it, it was beat music.” In the very early days of The Beatles’ fame the band did indeed adopt the beetle as part of their image, as this logo from their drum-kit shows. It ‘s said to have been designed by a Liverpool sign-writer by the name of Tex O’Hara…

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And here’s Ringo seated behind it, February 17th, 1963…

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There’s beetles imagery again to be seen in The Beatles’ debut big-screen movie ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ from 1964. Here’s a scene from it…

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After I came across the photo of Ringo Starr and John with his eye and pyramid T-shirt, my original plan for posting it up here was to keep it all really plain and simple, just to share the pic and add maybe a small, brief couple of paragraphs with a bit of background info and some of my passing thoughts on it all. But then – call it synchronicity if you like – I found myself coming into contact with breaking events in the news of a Beatles-related matter and that have, to some degree or other, connections and connotations to ancient Egypt and pyramids. As a result, I’ve included them here too, it seemed like the logical thing to do because it adds more depth, perhaps, to the possible significance behind what John is wearing in the photo. And so, what happened is, one afternoon as I was contemplating how to get this article together, miles away in London, Paul McCartney was outside ‘Abbey Road Studios,’ the place of course where The Beatles recorded most of their music (and that was known at the time as ‘EMI Studios’). He was posing for a photograph on the zebra-crossing outside, the one made famous (as well as occult-icily notorious) by The Beatles after they walked across it for the cover of their album ‘Abbey Road.’ I came by the photo (and video) that same day, July 23rd (2018), when it was published in a brief article on the news-site, ‘MailOnline.’ It reported that, “Paul looked in great spirits as he headed out to the crossing to strike a pose on it – 49 years after the famous album cover was shot in the same location. The legendary musician was back at his old stomping ground for a secret gig…”

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Being that I was working within a ‘pyramid’ frame of mind at the time, upon looking at the article, I was instantly reminded of the fact that the ‘Abbey Road’ album was originally going to be called ‘Everest,’ a title, it’s claimed, that was inspired by the brand of cigarettes regular Beatles and EMI Studios recording-engineer, Geoff Emerick smoked at the time.

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According to a quote I picked up from ‘The Beatles Encyclopaedia: Everything Fab Four,’ and that is itself credited to an interview with renowned Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, McCartney claims the idea behind Everest came about because the band “were stuck for an album title, and the album didn’t appear to have any obvious concept, except that it had all been done in the studio and it had been done by us. And Emerick used to have these packets of Everest cigarettes always sitting by him, and we thought, ‘that’s good. It’s big and it’s expansive.’”

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‘Everest’… A fan’s impression posted online

But, as “good” and “expansive” as it might have looked to them, and as attracted to the pyramid imagery of the idea as they might well have been, McCartney, according to the official Beatles documentary, ‘Anthology,’ claims that the band “never really liked that, but we couldn’t think of anything else to call it. Then one day I said, ‘I’ve got it!’ – I don’t know how I thought of it – Abbey Road! It’s the studio we’re in, which is fabulous.’” That’s not exactly how it’s reportedly remembered by one of the studio-team working on it. John Kurlander was an EMI Studios employee at the time and was assistant-engineer on the ‘Abbey Road’ album. The Beatles might have “never really liked” the Everest idea, but according to what he’s quoted as saying, they did talk of actually flying to the mount itself to take cover-photos for it. “It was around July, when it was very hot outside, that someone mentioned the possibility of the four of them taking a private plane over to the foothills of Mount Everest to shoot the cover photograph. But as they became more enthusiastic to finish the LP someone – I don’t remember whom – suggested, ‘look, I can’t be bothered to schlep all the way over to the Himalayas for a cover, why don’t we just go outside, take the photo there, call the LP Abbey Road and have done with it?’ That’s my memory of why it became Abbey Road: because they couldn’t be bothered to go to Tibet and get cold!” McCartney’s “secret gig” at Abbey Road Studios that the MailOnline article references featured a “star-strewn guest-list” including Hollywood actors Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom and the singer Kylie Minogue and rapper Stormzy. The set-list was a combination of Beatles, Wings and solo numbers as well as brand new songs from his forthcoming album, which is to be titled, ‘Egypt Station.’ Here’s a graphic for it…

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Out in September, Egypt Station’s imminent release was announced on Paul McCartney’s birthday – June 18th – following a series of cryptic posts of symbols and Egyptian-themed graphics on his ‘Twitter’ page in the preceding days. It began with a doodle…

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Then a few days later… This:

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And this:

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Then a day later – June 18th – this:

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And then, finally, this

Just over a month after the announcement, McCartney spoke about the album at some length during a live onstage Q&A with broadcaster, musician and front-man of Brit band, Pulp, Jarvis Cocker. Paul said, “what I thought was – these days, you know – you got the big stars like Beyonce, Taylor Swift… Their songs are – in a way – a collection of singles – they’re all great commercial tracks – but it doesn’t kinda roll through like a Pink Floyd album used to. And so I thought, well, I can’t compete with that kind of Taylor Swift thing… So, you know… maybe what I can do is just do a sort of what used to be called a ‘concept album.’” On McCartney’s official website, he’s quoted as saying, “I liked the words ‘Egypt Station.’ It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make… ” He told Jarvis Cocker that the album begins “with a station noise, so you’re sort of in a station, and then a choir swells out of that, so it’s like Heavenly Station now – you’re trippin’ dude. And then it goes into the first song.” From what I could gather at the time of posting this article, the songs on the album – two of which I’ve heard – shared no common theme, lyrically that is, to suggest they were part of “a concept.” Indeed, according to McCartney’s official website, what ties all the unrelated tracks together is the idea that they’re all connected – to a music-journey, from one ‘station’ to another: “True to the inspiration behind its title, Egypt Station’s 14 songs combine to convey a unique travelogue vibe. Between the opening and closing instrumentals ‘Station I’ and ‘Station II’, each song finds Paul capturing a place or moment before transporting the listener seamlessly to the next destination. Stops along the way include an acoustic meditation on present day contentedness (‘Happy With You’), a timeless anthem that would fit on virtually any album of any McCartney era (‘People Want Peace’), and an epic multi-movement closer clocking in at seven minutes with a song suite structure harkening back to the days of Paul’s previous combos (‘Despite Repeated Warnings’). The result is a kaleidoscopic journey through myriad musical locales and eras, yet firmly rooted in the here and now…” The title, ‘Egypt Station,’ originates from a lithograph of the same name that McCartney created back in the late 1980s. He told Jarvis Cocker, “I did a painting, it had Egyptian iconography in it ‘cos I like that kind of thing – and just to remember it, I called it ‘Egypt Station,’ ‘cos it had sort of Egyptian things…” And here it is…

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Any way, after painting it, according to Paul, “I never thought any more of it, but people quite liked it, and, I was looking at it one day and I thought, ‘quite a nice title that – Egypt Station.’ So I thought, ‘well, that could be the new album’s title… the painting could be the cover.’ So, that’s where it started, and then we got some really good art-directors who took it somewhere.” And here’s Egypt Station, the album-cover…

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As for the actual lithograph and the inspiration behind it, Paul told Jarvis Cocker, “the thing was, I like kind of looking at reference books, history books often for old symbols. So, on the cover of Egypt Station… I’ll often see statues or Aztec, that kind of… So, I like those, and if I like the image, I’ll put it in the painting and just put other things in it, there’s a guy in there who’s definitely not Egyptian – and I’ll just mess it up so it kind of becomes kind of like a little surrealist composition.” On the website ‘McCartneyart.com,’ he gives more details about the symbols he was inspired by for the lithograph. He claims that his “original inspiration” was drawn from looking at a picture “with Egyptian symbols and shapes” from “a reference book on Egypt.” He goes on, “I was interested in the way they drew sunflowers, so two appear on the left and on the right. It was a nice shape, so I took that and then I also love the way they symbolise trees. I like the way they reduce a tree to just some very simple symbols.” I might be seeing it wrong but the lithograph/album-cover also shows the horned features of what looks like might be either an onyx or a ram, both of which are ancient Egyptian symbols, with the latter, of course, having been in some shape or form quite a prominent feature in McCartney’s post-Beatles recording career. His second album following the band’s break-up was ‘RAM,’ which was credited to Paul and his then-wife, Linda.

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Aside from the album’s title and its front-cover – which was photographed at McCartney’s farm in Scotland – the only other reference to a ram of any type is the track, ‘Ram On.’ The lyrics, to me, don’t mean anything…

Ram on, give your heart to somebody
Soon, right away, right away
Who’s that coming now, they’re coming
Who’s that coming now, now, baby?

McCartney’s reported to have said the album-title came to him one day as he was driving. “I remember driving… and deciding that ‘Ram’ would be a good title for the album, then the picture came, and you can ‘ram’ a door down, and a ‘ram’ is a male, like a stag. It just seemed like a good word.” In 1977, six years on from RAM’s release, Paul brought out an instrumental, orchestrated version of it, but did so anonymously. Titled ‘Thrillington,’ it was credited to the ram-headed Percy ‘Thrills’ Thrillington…

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Although McCartney is said to have overseen the recording of the album (indeed, he was the producer) he didn’t play on it, and Percy Thrillington was the fictional character he and his wife Linda created to be its star – no one was to know it was a Paul production. In the run-up to its release, the couple paid to have short Press-reports printed in the ‘classified’ sections of the newspapers about what ‘Thrills’ was up to. “Percy Thrillington has been persuaded to prolong his stay in Paris as he finds the springtime atmosphere most conducive to creativity,” read one. “Percy Thrillington, despite excesses on both social and business time, hopes to lend his support to today’s daffodil ball,” read another, and so it went on. According to the sleeve-notes of the album, Percy was “an enigmatic figure” who was born in Coventry, England in 1939 then “wandered the globe” as a young man, studied music and “gained expertise in conducting and arranging as well as the marketing end of the music business.” But his “long ambition” was to form his own orchestra and to record, which he did “after he met Paul McCartney who helped Thrillington secure a recording-contract.” It wasn’t until many years later, at the tail-end of the 1980s I‘m led to understand, that McCartney began saying anything in public about his role in the creation of the ‘Thrills’ character. He’s reported to have commented that it was “one of our madcap publicity schemes.” The actual orchestrator of ‘Thrillington,’ a man who’d been hired by Paul after previously working with producer Phil Spector as an arranger on the Beatles’ 1970 album ‘Let It Be,’ was Richard Hewson. He’s spoken in not very glowing terms about the credit for the RAM reworking going to Percy Thrillington over McCartney. “I wasn’t totally for it.” He thinks that maybe Paul “felt it was a better way to show his crazy ideas, but if he’d released it as ‘Paul McCartney Orchestral’ or something, it might have sold much better, because it didn’t sell very well… It’s a mystery that I’ve never quite figured out why he did it.” Well, there’s all sorts of mysteries surrounding the former Beatle, that’s for sure. He’s quoted as saying, “you could say that Percy Thrillington was Richard Hewson, or just a fictitious leader of a band that never appeared anywhere. We’ve put out some weird and wonderful things like that occasionally.” Then, interestingly, he reportedly went on to say, “we would put clues into songs about certain things, because if people are going to play mind games with our lyrics then we can play mind games with them.” Is “we” referring to Paul with Linda, or, Paul and his fellow Beatles, or both? Anyway, “Thrillington was one of those” in his catalogue of “mind games.” Many of course have held the Percy Thrillington character up, what with his ram’s head, as yet another occult clue connecting McCartney to ‘Satanic’ sympathies, and the horned deities Moloch and Baphomet are often illustrated as examples of this. But, I’m going to return specifically to Robert Hieronimus’s contention that either one, some or all of The Beatles were consciously or subconsciously attracted to ancient Egyptian motifs relating to rebirth / creation. We’ve already taken a look at the said significance of both the scarab beetle and Khepera in this. But, I’ll suggest… what about the ram, which has featured often enough in McCartney’s work for it, I think, to be mentioned and considered here? For example, maybe – just maybe – part of the “mystery” that Richard Hewson claims he can’t figure out behind the apparent importance to Paul of Percy ‘Thrills’ Thrillington can be explained by another ram-headed figure, the ancient Egyptian god, Khnum…

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Khnum, like the beetle-headed Khepera, is regarded a god of creation. He’s the creator of human-beings, the bringer of life. He’s been described as the maker of the ‘cosmic egg.’

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Paul’s ‘Back to the Egg’ album with his band, Wings. 1979

In the book ‘The Egyptian Hieroglyph Metaphysical Language’ by Egyptologist Moustafa Gadalla, we get a direct connection shared between Khnum, the ‘cosmic egg,’ as well as the beetle, which was, in Robert Hieronimus’s words, “a very, very sacred symbol,” because scarabs roll large balls of dung to lay their eggs in, and that eventually hatch with their young from there, a behaviour that Egyptians saw as an act of spontaneous self-creation hence its association with the life-giving sun-god, Khepera who “was said to be self-created, born of his own substance.” In his book, Moustafa Gadalla notes the significance of this particular species of insect through his translation of Horapollo Nilous:

To signify… birth… or the world, or Man, they (Egyptians) draw a scarab… dung-beetle_mgr-8468ssit takes some cow-dung and makes a round ball of it, very much in the shape of the world. Rolling it with its hind legs from east to west, it faces the east, so as to give it the shape of the world, for the world is borne from the east to the west.

Gadalla adds:

The Universal Bubble is egg-shaped and therefore the universal bubble is also called the Cosmic Egg.

Egyptian texts refer to Khnum as the one who:

“made the cosmic egg.”  

Khnum represents the Cosmic Egg and all creation within it, as affirmed by references to his attributes in the Egyptian text as being: 

– The modeller
– Governor of the House of Life – being the Cosmic Egg
– Maker of heaven and Earth, and the tuat, and water and the mountains
– The maker of things that are
– Creator of things that shall be 

… the Cosmic Egg has same definitions as the ram-headed Khnum. Khnum is therefore almost always depicted next to or within the Cosmic Egg.

Khnum is, from my understanding, strongly associated with ancient Egyptian solar symbolism. According to one account I’ve read, he‘s described as being “soul of the sun-god,” Ra. The beetle-headed deity Khepera is allied with this sun-god too. Indeed, as mentioned earlier, in Robert Hieronimus’s words, “Khepera… represented the rising or morning sun.” He was the “Egyptian god of rebirth.” In his book, ‘The Secret Teaching of All Ages,’ the mystic, scholar, author and 33rd Degree Freemason, Manly P. Hall states, “Ra, the god of the sun… As the creator of the universe he was symbolised by the head of a scarab and was called Khepera, which signified the resurrection of the soul and a new life at the end of the mortal span. The scarab was the emissary of the sun…” Khnum is said to represent the nocturnal manifestation of the sun before it rises again the next day with Khepera. Below, a representation of what I understand to be the ancient Egyptian god, Nun holding up the barque (boat / barge) of Ra – and in the middle, the beetle…

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Incidentally, with regards to Ra (pronounced: ‘Rah’), in 1977, the same year as the release of ‘Thrillington,’ its anonymous orchestrator, Richard Hewson, formed a studio project that would go on to enjoy a Top 10 UK hit single in the 1980s with ‘Clouds Across the Moon.’ He called it the RAH Band. According to his official website, he chose this name because he “was lucky enough to have the initials R.A.H. (Richard Anthony Hewson).” He doesn’t go into why that’s “lucky” for him… Nothing to do with ancient Egyptian symbolism, is it? I can only wonder.

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Also (below) from the ‘Back to the Egg’ album, inner-sleeve artwork from the vinyl edition. I have no idea what it is, or where it was taken – perhaps maybe the roof of a church or cathedral?… But, what’d’ya think… Sun symbolism?…

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‘Back to the Egg’ was Wings’ seventh and final studio-album before they split, and was recorded with an all-new line-up of the group. Released on the back-end of the Punk explosion and amidst the rise of New Wave, listening to it, you can hear these influences. There’s a hard-Rocking element to it, perhaps the hardest from all their recorded output as a band since forming in 1971. McCartney is reported as saying in 1979, “it was just a sort of back-to-the-beginning kind of feeling for us while we were making it. We were sort of trying different things, while we were making it, and that seemed to sum it up – Back to the Egg. A back-to-square-one kind of thing, you know?” Back to square one – back to the egg – complete with a band line-up of fresh members – the dawn of a new day, the rising of the sun. Rebirth – although they would part ways and split within a year or two later… to pinch a phrase from another Beatles blogger, Paul, from then on, was no longer a “Beatle with Wings” (beetle with wings).
Manly P. Hall states, “because of its relationship to the sun, the scarab symbolised the divine part of man’s nature. The fact that its beautiful wings were concealed under its glossy shell typified the winged soul of man hidden within its Earthly sheath.”

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Included in the cover-art of the RAM album is a photograph of two beetles copulating…

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Given that at the time of RAM’s release in 1971 McCartney was involved in a legal dispute against John, George and Ringo to have their partnership formerly dissolved, was continuing to exercise his hostility towards Allen Klein the notorious New York music-biz boss who’d become business-manager of The Beatles after he was voted in by all the band except Paul (who refused to sign with him), and was bickering in public with Lennon, some have commented that the copulating beetles pic was a deliberately-placed metaphor alluding to the bad vibes and sense of betrayal that McCartney was likely feeling. According to author Christopher Sandford in his book, ‘Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s,’ the “nature-photography library-shot of two beetles copulating” on the RAM album-cover “was interpreted in various ways: fucking Beatles, fuck The Beatles, fucked by The Beatles, Paul insists that its inclusion was purely accidental. ‘It was just a funny shot,’ he protests. ‘A photograph of two beetles shagging. I mean, that had to get on the cover. Then afterwards, you go, ‘oh, but they were beetles.’ To me they were just a couple of ladybirds or something. I swear to God I didn’t think about that. The thing is, whatever you do gets interpreted. And I don’t see half of it coming.’” Maybe Paul ‘didn’t see it coming,’ but – given the legal, personal and financial turbulence that he was getting from his strained relations with his ex-Beatles – one can’t be blamed for interpreting the copulating beetles as his reaction to this. There is, in Sandford’s words, a “fuck you” connation to RAM. Some of the songs on it, lyrically, are perceived to have been written as digs aimed at McCartney’s estranged partner, Lennon (most notably ‘Too Many People,’ ‘Dear Boy,’ and ‘3 Legs’). Also, the album’s title can be construed as an aggressive one if we’re to believe that it conjured up in Paul’s mind the picture of ‘ramming a door down.’ In the official mini-documentary, ‘Ramming,’ when he talks about how the word, ‘ram,’ came to him, he says, “Linda and I were travelling through Scotland… As I’m driving I’m just thinking… and I just hit upon the word, ‘ram.’ It’s a strong, it’s (a) male animal. And then there’s the idea of ramming – you know – pushing forward strongly. Very short, very succinct kind of title.” He was drawing a line in the sand and moving on – solo. Same as Back to the Egg, perhaps RAM should be regarded, symbolically, as a rebirth / a re-creation?… The ram in action. Recalling the previously-mentioned song ‘Ram On’… There’s an interesting idea put forward by the guy behind the website ‘Beatlesbible.com,’ that the track’s title might relate to a pseudonym that McCartney had used previously in the past. He’d adopted it briefly in his pre-fame Silver Beetles days after the band were booked to back a singer by the name of Johnny Gentle on a concert-tour of Scotland in 1960, a major achievement for the group who‘d struggled to get any big breaks. Paul says, “now we were truly professional, we could do something that we had been toying with for a long time, which was to change our names to real show-biz names… George became Carl Harrison after Carl Perkins, John was Long John… ” Paul became, Paul Ramon. “It’s French,” he’s recalled. “Ra-mon, that’s how you pronounce it.” Okay… but how about seeing it as: ‘Paul ram on’? Nine years later, in amidst the dying days of The Beatles, during the squabbles and the fall-outs, McCartney adopted the pseudonym again, this time to be used as a credit on a song he’d guest-played on titled ‘My Dark Hour.’ It was by the American musician/song-writer Steve Miller and released on his 1969 album titled, in case you’d like to know this, ‘Brave New World.’ Is Paul Ramon an A.K.A. for ‘ram on,’ RAM, the ram?… All and the same? Whether intended or not, in whatever variant these words have appeared, they have been a source of expression for him, from his days as a struggling teenage Silver Beetle and then out the other end of the Beatles’ split in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

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Okay, you’re now pretty much travelling on the last leg of this article, and, at this point, I’m going to take you down what I think will be a bit of a humorous route for some reading this, here’s some more about the ram-headed Khnum The Creator, or, more to the point, a fellow ancient Egyptian creation deity who’s closely associated with him, a female, described – depending where you look in your research – as his consort and/or his counterpart. Her name was Heqet (Hekat), goddess, it’s said, of life-giving and rebirth (here we go again) and she too was represented in the form of a human’s body with an animal’s head – that of, a frog – she was worshipped in the form of a frog(!). Anyone old enough to remember this from 1984?…

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Alright, stop sniggering… Released as a single back in ‘84, ‘We All Stand Together’ by Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus is – yes indeed – not only considered a very embarrassing, deeply low-quality point in his musical catalogue, but a source of much making fun of at his expense (but it did get into the British Top Ten singles chart reaching Number Two – twice!). If you’re too young (or lucky) never to have heard what all the ribbing’s about, you can listen to the song below. It was featured in the animated short ‘Rupert and the Frog Song’ starring the vintage comic-strip children’s character Rupert Bear – you’ll see him in the vid, it’s actually a scene from the film which was released in cinemas back in ‘84, a one-off production produced, financed and partly written by McCartney.

Okay… yeah… thing is, I have actually considered the esoteric aspects of this video… Heh, heh.. now you’ve seen it all, eh? An occult analysis of the Frog Chorus. However… think about it… the song probably did get a lot of the listening public all bewildered at the time of its release with them wondering what the hell possessed McCartney to record such a thing. Okay, sure, it was the song from a kid’s film, so people shouldn’t have expected a Rock/Pop masterpiece, but, why frogs? The ‘Rupert Bear’ stories, since they began back in the 1920s, have featured a wide array of regular characters in animal form such as Edward Trunk the elephant, Bill Badger the – well – badger, and Willie the mouse, to name a few, but rarely (if ever) anyone of a froggy or toad-like demeanour. In the ‘Rupert and the Frog Song’ film-short however, the story revolves almost entirely around Rupert and lots and lots of frogs – there’s hardly next to no sight of his usual cast of friends – with the exception of less than a minute’s-worth of an appearance of a couple of them in passing. So here’s Rupert, on the big-screen for the first time ever (as far as I’m aware), and his regular co-stars are almost nowhere to be seen. But… there’s lots and lots of frogs. What possessed McCartney indeed? Well, not stupidity I’m sure, and ancient Egyptian symbolism translated through a modern children’s cartoon isn’t far-fetched as a possible explanation for it all, is it?… I mean…

The ‘Rupert and the Frog Song’ film-short – which lasts around 12 minutes in length – follows one particular day in the life of Rupert, when he goes off for a walk in the countryside and accidentally discovers a cave leading to a secret world inhabited by talking frogs. He sneaks in and, with the moon having risen, he watches the ‘Frog Song’ spectacle, a musical extravaganza that only takes place once every couple of hundred years, and which is the actual full performance of ‘We All Stand Together’ as seen in the video above. During this rarest of rare events, the frog queen and king rise out of the water…

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Heqet

Heqet is symbolically connected to the Nile, as is Khnum, who’s also been dubbed “the king of frogs.”
The 19th century poet and writer and researcher of ancient Egypt, Gerald Massey, states in his written work ‘Ancient Egypt: The Light of the World’:

The frog was a lunar type… The name of the frog in Egyptian is Ka, whence the Lunar Lady, who was represented as a Frog, is designated Mistress Heka or Hekat, who was consort of the Solar God Khmun-Ra. An inscription in the ‘British Museum’ tells us that under one of his titles Khmun was called “the King of Frogs.” There is no proof, perhaps, of his being a Frog himself, but his son, Ptah, had a Frog-headed form, and his consort, Hekat, is the Frogess. Khmun-Ra is the nocturnal sun, and Hekat, his consort, is a representative of the Moon that transforms in the lower hemisphere, as the tadpole emerges from the waters in the form of a frog…

Below, a screen-cap from a scene from the ‘Rupert and the Frog Song’ film. It’s from the bit after the so-called ‘frog king and queen’ emerge from the water. I’ve also added the pic of Heqet within it for comparison…

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Heqet has also been linked to the beetle-headed Khepera.

Heket, an Egyptian goddess of water and fertility. by Khristine Anja page
Heket, an Egyptian goddess of water and fertility.. by Khristine Anja Page

In the book ‘The Coffin of Heqata (Cairo JdE 36148): a Case Study of Egyptian Funeray Culture of the Early Middle Kingdom,’ its authors Ah and Harco Willems write, “there is… an analogy between the mysterious birth process of the frog (Heqet) and that of the scarab (Khopri / Khepera). The Egyptians believed that both were born spontaneously from the Earth. As a result of this self-generative aspect, the gods came to be understood as creators and as such as being involved in the process of solar (re-)birth. The coupling of Khopri and Heqet finds an interesting parallel in a regeneration amulet depicted in a Kushite relief of King Arnekhamani. It shows a scarab bracelet with frog’s legs.”
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no wizened expert when it comes to ancient symbols. I have a basic understanding and its that which guides me in putting together articles such as this one. So, as a result, there could be a lot I’m missing in my analysis – that’s certainly the case with regards to the ‘Rupert’ film. Any way… moving on now…

You’ve probably seen the pic below before (?). It’s the coat of arms that was granted to famed Beatles producer Sir George Martin in 2004. He was knighted by the UK’s Queen Elizabeth in the late ‘90s and, yep, it’s got beetles on it…

 

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Assuming that those insects on the arms are meant to represent his close connection to The Beatles, I really don’t know why he chose only to feature three on there, although I am aware that some supporters of the ‘Paul is Dead’ theory/conspiracy have suggested it’s a clue hinting at McCartney’s ‘death’ in 1966. Also, for whatever reason, one of the beetles on there, is slightly larger than the other two.
According to the website ’CollegeOfArms.gov.UK,’ here’s what the coat of arms represents, but there’s no explanation for the apparent ‘missing beetle/Beatle’ or the larger one:

Arms: Azure on a Fress nebuly Argent between three Stag Beetles Or five Barrulets Sable.

Crest (upon a Helm with a wreath Argent and Azure): A House Martin proper holding under the sinister wing a Recorder in bend sinister mouthpiece downwards Or.

Badge: A zebra statant proper supporting with the dexter foreleg over the shoulder an Abbot’d Crozier Or.

And, so I’m led to understand, the words at the bottom of it, ‘amore solum opus est,’ translate to, ‘all you need is love.’

It was in 2001, if I’m not wrong, that McCartney was granted his coat of arms by, according to BeatlesBible.com, the previously-noted “College of Arms, part of the royal household. McCartney had originally applied for the coat of arms in 1997, the year he was knighted, but the death of his first wife Linda from cancer in 1998 delayed its design and approval.” Pictured below, “the coat depicts a guitar held by a Liver bird, a reference to his musical career and his Liverpool roots…” You might not be able to see it with a casual glance, but if you focus and look, according to the BeatlesBible, “the shield, featuring two black curved emblems, is divided in two” and “the resulting four shapes” resemble “beetles’ backs,” they “symbolise McCartney and his fellow Beatles…” A page on the website of ‘The Heraldry Society’ describes it as: “The four bits of beetle-back made by the flaunches, represent the four Beatles.” The motto at the bottom of the coat of arms, “ECCE COR MEUM (‘Behold My Heart’) refers to the oratorio written while his first wife Linda was dying.”

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So there you have it, of his own volition, McCartney, through the imagery of his coat of arms, has aligned his family name in a most permanent fashion to the beetle, insect of inspiration for ‘The Beatles’ and a highly revered deity of ancient Egypt. Whether its inclusion is a reference in some degree or other to its occult associations to rebirth and creation, who am I to know, I‘m just some bloke blogging, so, there’s not much else I can do but offer up, as I’ve done in this article, some photos, album-art, words and names for your consideration. I do suggest though that what you should take into account if you choose to consider what I’ve posted is, McCartney’s comments during his Q&A with Jarvis Cocker when he spoke about the inspiration behind his Egypt Station lithograph. He said the images on it were derived from reference books he enjoys reading on ancient symbols, including Egyptian iconography because, “I like that kind of thing.” If that’s true, well, I’d lay money that, as he was flicking through the pages, he would have come across the figure of Khepera who was after all, in Robert Hieronimus’s words, “a very, very sacred symbol.” So, whether you believe McCartney has consciously been paying homage in his work to this deity or not, I’m of the view that he is fully aware of him, he has come across him. When that might have occurred, I don’t know, was it during the 1980s when he created his lithograph, or in his ‘ramming’ days of the 1970s, or back in the beginning when he was Paul Ramon of The Silver Beetles? Get an answer to that and you might find it to be a welcome clue if you’re of the opinion of or suspect that, yes, McCartney was indeed aligning himself with ancient gods of creation and rebirth. The same applies to John Lennon. He too I’m sure would’ve had knowledge of deities such as Khepera even if he wasn’t consciously drawing inspiration from them – after all, if nothing else, not only had he visited Egypt and its pyramids, but his wife was a collector of its antiquities for their “magic.”

And it’s on the subject of pyramids, actually, that I’m wrapping this article up now…

When news of McCartney’s new Egypt Station album was beginning to surface on the ‘net, someone I know brought my attention to one of the symbols that Paul was posting on social-media in the run-up to its official release-date announcement. Here it is, an image that was pointed out to me because it reminded them of something that they knew would’ve struck me…

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I didn’t notice it, I didn’t click until it was spelt out for me, but, that symbol… Well, it don’t half look like the logo for this website’s parent, ConspiroMedia (!) and as devised and designed by myself and artist, Robbie Allen (I gave Robbie some ideas and a theme and he ran with it with gusto)…

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Now… I for one am not going to suggest for one minute that it was an inspiration for McCartney and his design-team behind the Egypt Station album, but… there it is.

 

 

UPDATE (September 4th):

Over two weeks on from posting this article and I’ve stumbled across some brand new data published in the public domain that, certainly, deserves to be added to this analysis…

With Egypt Station just a few days away from release now, the promotion ahead of it has been regular, and on August 14th, a series of symbols were posted to McCartney’s Twitter page, sixteen in total to be exact, one for each track on the new album. I’ve screen-capped the ones that I think might be of particular interest to you… and I’ve saved the best, most telling one for last. Up first though, here’s the one for the song ‘Caesar Rock’…

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Track 15, ‘Station II’…

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And finally, for the track ‘Confidante’… what do we have here?…It’s a beetle of course along with that pyramid-type (ahem – Conspiro-ish) symbol. But what’s most striking to me is that it’s making reference, specifically, to the scarab, not merely as just an insect, but as the ancients regarded it, the sun-god…

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To anyone looking at this right now who’s not sold on the idea I’ve outlined in this article, that McCartney is, either consciously or not, identifying with and channelling into ancient Egyptian symbolism, well, yeah, okay, the album’s called ‘Egypt Station’ so maybe it should come as no shocker that he’s picked out old sun symbols from Egypt to include in the artwork such as the scarab (in other words, there’s nothing deeply significant to see here), but, this ain’t nothing new, not really. After all, where did the title of this fresh collection of songs come from in the first place but his own lithograph dating back thirty years or so, and of course, the beetle also features on his coat of arms and inspired the name of that band he used to be in. Add this to all the other stuff I’ve highlighted in this article from his life and career and, well, maybe this idea deserves the time for consideration at least.

 

 

REFERENCE LINKS:

http://www.feelnumb.com/2011/03/16/john-lennon-and-ringo-starr-last-photo-together/#lightbox/0/

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Twitter: @ChrisShawEditor Last known photos of John Lennon with Paul McCartney (1974); George Harrison (1974); & Ringo Starr (1979)

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‘Come Together. John Lennon In His Time.’ – Jon Wiener (1995 edition)

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https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=5z3CAgAAQBAJ&pg=PT128&lpg=PT128&dq=ra+khepera&source=bl&ots=gohx3GhL9c&sig=wiIhkoAKdeSGscNpCtp3zFRvCHY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjW1pn1pNncAhWsI8AKHZ-aD1s4MhDoATABegQICRAB#v=onepage&q=ra%20khepera&f=false

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https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=AWSGAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA295&lpg=PA295&dq=khnum+sun+god&source=bl&ots=zfCgF0xnV6&sig=k3dZQBpifW0C2A4P445WRwvjYW0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi3mp3h7NncAhULCsAKHb2JA-Q4FBDoATACegQICRAB#v=onepage&q=khnum%20sun%20god&f=false

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https://www.beatlesbible.com/people/paul-mccartney/songs/ram-on/

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YouTube: ‘Paul and Linda McCartney: Ramming – The Making of RAM – Documentary’

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=eDKEKy5JJbIC&pg=PA82&lpg=PA82&dq=heqet+rebirth&source=bl&ots=EvH0PHQ-rp&sig=sbXk-uCEgPwXiozPRnzixG5sJBs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwimvPDq497cAhWOVsAKHUfOAI04FBDoATAHegQIAhAB#v=onepage&q=heqet%20rebirth&f=false

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https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=EkzSBgAAQBAJ&pg=PA24&lpg=PA24&dq=khnum+frog&source=bl&ots=1Fj5tUFkPc&sig=4xv18LMqIayBH_nWFO6hwC7JK4c&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiy08Kjo97cAhVoD8AKHWu2BnEQ6AEwEnoECAQQAQ#v=onepage&q=khnum%20frog&f=false

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=3hgGNb6wM2kC&pg=PA140&lpg=PA140&dq=khnum+frog&source=bl&ots=RcPct1hCgf&sig=DdVaAqunD9D6CGhMuh8lbSUYuwI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjc-5Hro97cAhXRTsAKHVXhBwc4HhDoATABegQICBAB#v=onepage&q=khnum%20frog&f=false

http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/glossary.aspx?id=180

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_All_Stand_Together

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_and_the_Frog_Song

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_Bear

YouTube: ‘Rupert and the Frog Song (Featuring Paul McCartney’s ‘We All Stand Together’)’

http://archaeologicalmuseum.jhu.edu/the-collection/object-stories/ancient-egyptian-amulets/ram-headed-god/

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Ihru1lancxMC&pg=PA41&lpg=PA41&dq=khnum+nile&source=bl&ots=ZN3o204eMO&sig=hIHSttvf2E2Z0ITJ0VhuYovTdIg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiQtN-Hjd_cAhVMLMAKHc8EC7o4FBDoATAIegQIAhAB#v=onepage&q=khnum%20nile&f=false

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=2fMiG2dGPpYC&pg=PA114&lpg=PA114&dq=heqet+rebirth&source=bl&ots=WnqRZGcb3u&sig=_VhwbTshwPyIAu9ooOVdY8kG96Y&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjyxcr95N7cAhWBN8AKHX3NDOY4KBDoATAFegQIBhAB#v=onepage&q=heqet%20rebirth&f=false

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https://www.beatlesbible.com/2002/12/31/sir-paul-mccartney-receives-coat-of-arms/

https://www.theheraldrysociety.com/articles/sir-paul-mccartney/

 

Back on board the Yellow Submarine, and getting submerged in symbolism.

Tickets are now on sale ahead of the imminent return to the big-screen of The Beatles’ 1968 animated movie, ’Yellow Submarine.’ To mark its 50th anniversary, it’ll be shown in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on 8th July. That’s the month it’s set to hit theatres in the US too, although no exact day has been announced apparently. From what I can gather, details at this point in time regarding its release in America are a bit sketchy. Regardless of when it’s out though, we’re being promised an all-improved visual and sonic experience of the film, should we go see it. According to the Beatles official website, ‘Beatles.com,’ audiences will get “glorious surround-sound with the groundbreaking animation presented in stunningly re-mastered 4k. Looking and sounding better than ever before…”

The Beatles - Yellow Submarine

Now, forgive me if you know this already, but, for the benefit of any that don’t…
In the film, an underwater paradise by the name of ‘Pepperland’ is invaded by the music-hating Blue Meanies who, with their helpers the ever faithful ‘terrible flying Glove’ and the Apple Bonkers, transform it from a colourful land of happiness into a grey, barren, depressing and inhospitable environment. Determined to restore it to its former beauty and to rid it of its captors, a sailor by the name of ‘Old Fred’ escapes from there in a yellow submarine and then travels to Liverpool where he successfully persuades John, Paul, George and Ringo to hop on board, to join him on his return and help him end the invaders‘ rule. The sub then embarks on a surreal journey going through the Sea of Time, the Sea of Science, the Sea of Monsters, the Sea of Nothing, the Foothills of the Headlands, the Sea of Holes and the Sea of Green before arriving in Pepperland where, eventually, the reign of the Blue Meanies and their helpers is brought to an end through a combination of positivity, Love and the musical talents of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Below is the official trailer for the ‘new, improved’ version of the film…

An official ‘FaceBook’ page about the movie’s oncoming release can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/yellowsubmarinethefilm

And, if you’re in the UK or Ireland and would like to find out more about ticket availability and bookings in your area, then click here:

http://www.yellowsubmarine.film/

Given that the movie’s about to be re-released, I thought it might be quite a good idea, and, above all, timely, to post-up a chat I recorded in 2012 with symbologist Robert Richard D. Hieronimus Ph.D. about the occult symbolism that he can see permeating throughout the film. The conversation was published on my ‘YouTube’ channel ’ConspiroTV’ and my blog ‘Conspiro Media’ to coincide with the issuing back then of Yellow Submarine on DVD and Blu-ray. You can hear it further on down the page. First though, here’s the article that came with it – this is a slightly edited, revamped version for 2018:

In 2002, artist, author, researcher and radio-host Robert Richard Hieronimus Ph.D. released the book ‘Inside the Yellow Submarine: The Making of The Beatles Animated Classic.’ Dubbed “an indispensable companion to the movie,” it not only features exclusive interviews with all the principle creators of the film and an intricate account of the details behind the making of it, but also a unique analysis of the esoteric, symbolic aspects within the movie itself. In fact, the occult archetypes that Hieronimus believes are bubbling beneath the Yellow Submarine’s waters are what initially sparked his interest in the movie. Given his life-long devotion and interest in symbols and ancient knowledge it should hardly come as a surprise either. In 1969, he founded the ‘AUM,’ America’s first state-approved school of esoteric studies which granted certificates in the occult sciences, mystic arts and religious metaphysics. In 1981, he received his Ph.D. for the doctoral thesis, ‘An Historic Analysis of the reverse of the American Great Seal and It’s Relationship to the Ideology of Humanistic Psychology.’ Furthermore, his research on the Great Seal of the United States has been used in the speeches, literature and libraries of the White House, the US State Department and the Department of Interior. A member of “a number of secret societies,” robert-hieronimous-credit-stuart-zolotorow3his expert knowledge and understanding of symbols and the occult has led to regular TV appearances in a number of documentaries and/or news-shows on the BBC, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, the SyFy Channel and FoxNews (to name a few). He’s also an artist, having established a long career as a muralist and painter. His occult and symbolic murals include a 2,700 square-foot work known as ‘Apocalypse,’ which was completed during 1968-1969 at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Another of his works, the ’Historic Views of Baltimore 1752-1857,’ is now housed in Maryland’s War Memorial Building…

Speaking exclusively to Conspiro Media, Hieronimus talked about the impact the Yellow Submarine movie had on him after first watching it back in 1968. He said, “when I started to see all of the symbols in the film… I thought to myself, ‘these Beatles are brilliant! They are Multi-Levelled, they’re Multi-Consciousness, and it seems to me whoever it was… that thought up this movie was multiple genius!’”

In an article on his website 21stCenturyRadio.com, Hieronimus explores some of the symbols in the film and any possible hidden meanings:

The very title of the film can be seen to represent the act of creation, or creativity. Throughout history Yellow has been used to symbolise the sun, fire, spirit or mental activity. It represents an active, outer-directed, centrifugal force, or masculine energy, expansion. Submarine could be considered a symbol for matter or the body. It is necessarily linked to the symbol of water, which throughout history has been considered representational of lunar or feminine energy. It is a passive, intuitive, centripetal force. The submarine is also something that dwells within, hidden and internal rather than external and obvious. By combining the two words “Yellow” and “Submarine”, one can see a pairing of opposites or a balance between spirit and body, sun and moon, or a uniting of male and female, which is an obvious symbol for the act of creation that produces a unity or oneness.

BEATLES AND BEETLES
There is an ancient Egyptian beetle-headed god, named Khepera, who represented the rising or morning sun. To the Egyptians, the beetle or scarab was an all important symbol of profound meaning.

Egyptian beetle-headed god, named Khepera

Khepera was among the original creation gods in Egyptian mythology, and like the rising sun with which he is identified, he was said to be self-created, born of his own substance. The scarab was held as a symbol of resurrection and fertility as beetles were believed to be the incarnation of Khepera. Beetle amulets were worn to attract the power of this god and secure his protection.Khepera is also shown as the “generator” god with a beetle-head seated in the phantom or “spirit” boat, like the “Sunboat of Ra”, the Egyptian Sun God. Many other deities also had their “spirit” boats. Note the parallel between The Beatles afloat in a “Yellow Submarine” and the creator god Khepera with a beetle-head seated in a “spirit” or Sun boat.

There is no reason to believe that whoever came up with the name “The Beatles” was consciously intending to link their name with the Egyptian god of rebirth, but conscious or not, they chose a name which reflected what they were to accomplish – the act of creation. Later in life, John Lennon is reported to have become interested in world mythologies and especially in Egyptian magic. He may have begun to realise that symbols carry psychic energy even when they have not been consciously selected. Some might say synchronicity (meaningful coincidences) played a role in the naming of the most revered Rock and Roll group in history. Like attracts like.

THE HERO’S JOURNEY: SEPARATION, INITIATION AND RETURN           
The storyline of Yellow Submarine lends itself easily to a comparison of what Joseph Campbell referred to as the “Monomyth” or the Hero’s Journey. There are three stages to the Monomyth that are used to describe the evolution of the hero: separation, initiation and return. During separation, Campbell explains that the individual rejects the social order and retreats inward or regresses. He reassesses his beliefs and moves toward the centre of his being. The second stage of initiation marks a clarification of his difficulties and an encounter with dark and terrifying forces. The candidate is victorious over them and feels fulfilled, harmonised, and whole. In the third stage of return, the hero is reborn into the physical world and applies the knowledge he has gained to the world he lives in. He rejects his self-serving and self-centring tendencies and shares his “treasure”, or new awareness, with the rest of society. The hero has become self-actualised, and he dedicates himself to a task outside of himself, serving society.

THE YELLOW SUBMARINE FOLLOWS THE HERO’S JOURNEY  
Separation: The yellow submarine with Fred aboard leaves Pepperland (from a pyramid-like launch-pad) in search of help.

They travel to Liverpool, which can be translated as “the pool of life”, where they are joined by four more heroes and they embark for Pepperland, completing the separation stage. 

‘Old Fred’

Initiation: The now five heroes must pass through the seas of illusion, symbolising the selfish desire worlds of sensations, passions, instincts and the beast within. In Nowhere Land they encounter the Boob who fixes the engine and joins the team, bringing the number of heroes up to six, suggesting a reference to humanities sixth sense.

It is the balance of energies and its six member crew that allow the yellow submarine to travel safely through the seas of illusion and escape from the vengeance of the Blue Meanies.

‘The Boob’ fixes the Yellow Submarine’s engine as Paul looks on…

Return: The sub returns and brings music and love back to Pepperland, where the heroes transform their enemies into friends.
They share their new awareness with the rest of society by combining music with the words: “All you need is love.” Ageless wisdom teachings and creation mythologies from all around the world describe how life was formed in the universe through a cosmic sea. The yellow submarine can be seen as a vehicle that travels through the ethers of these waters. It achieves its goal by one person going out in the sub into the world of matter, leaving the beleaguered paradise, the utopia of Pepperland, and going into the physical world, obtaining help (The Beatles and The Boob), then returning to share the wisdom gained by the experience that “all you need is love” and music. While not the conscious intention of its Co-Creators or Lennon and McCartney, it could be why this film appeals so strongly to so many of us.

You can read Hieronimus’ article in its entirety here:

http://www.21stcenturyradio.com/YS/symbolmythointerp.html

As the closing paragraph of the above article suggests, Hieronimus isn’t wholly convinced that The Beatles played an active role in implanting occult symbols or hidden meanings into the film. He told ‘Conspiro Media,’ “the truth was, they had nothing to do with it. All they did was create four songs because they were required to – to put in the film. They were never really interested in this film until they got to see some of the final work and then they fell in love with it. And then they wanted to be involved, but it was just too late to put their real stamp on it from that standpoint.”

What about the movie’s producer, Al Brodax or director, George Dunning? Can they offer any explanation for some of the movie’s most intriguing images, such as the Mayan/Aztec-type pyramid with its yellow submarine capstone? Or what about the team of writers and animators? Did they consciously set out to create a film with hidden meanings and esoteric imagery? Well… apparently not. All the key crew members have maintained there was no deliberate attempt to implant hidden allegorical themes within the movie. Yellow Submarine art designer Heinz Edelmann told Robert Hieronimus during interviews for his landmark ‘Submarine‘ book, “I knew that part of my subconscious would go into these things, but I chose to disregard that. I simply did not want to know what’s happening. I mean, otherwise, I couldn’t have done the work. I simply chose not to know what subconscious influences and things went into the work.” Animation director Bob Balser told Hieronimus, “many times it’s very interesting when somebody does something, and they have somebody else look at it, and freely see or analyse it. I know that a lot of little kids look at Yellow Submarine and just love it. It works on so many levels… it was a synergy between all of these creative people coming together. It’s something I never really thought about until this moment…” But what about the movie’s animation director, Jack Stokes? What was he suggesting when he told Hieronimus, “I don’t think there’s any different (meanings). There are one or two little types, I suppose you might say, in there…“ Was he implying that there may indeed have been a few conscious attempts to include hidden sub-texts within the movie? He continued, “it’s kind of an adventure story. I mean, the first part was basically a travelogue, and the second part was an adventure story. If you would like to think about ‘Lord of the Rings‘, or something of this sort, it’s really, basically, the same thing.” Interestingly, it’s been widely reported that The Beatles were so keen to appear in a movie version of Lord of the Rings, that they approached the director of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ Stanley Kubrick, to take on the project, but he’s said to have dismissed their idea as ‘un-filmable’ due to the immensity of the story. So I’m informed, John Lennon was a great fan of the Space Odyssey film, which was released in April 1968, just three months before Yellow Submarine.
Hieronimus – in the main – doesn’t believe that the team behind the making of the Yellow Submarine were consciously attempting to communicate an esoteric message via the use of occult symbology. In a 2008 article for ‘Octopus’s Garden’ magazine he wrote, “is it unfair to interpret symbolic meaning in The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine film when most of the co-creators swear there was no time for such deep thinking? Perhaps. And yet, interpret we always seem to do with the Beatles, as if we can’t help it. It is my contention that a force greater than those who co-created Yellow Submarine, greater even than the Beatles, was at work on this project.”

Of course, it’s no big secret that The Beatles were interested in esoteric subject matter. The song ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ from their ‘Revolver’ album was inspired by the Timothy Leary book ‘The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead,’ and George Harrison wrote ‘The Inner Light’ after reading passages from the Chinese classic text ‘Tao Te Ching.’ It’s widely known that John Lennon was a voracious reader. He’s said to have had an interest in a wide variety of subjects including ancient history, religion and the occult. During the 1970s, he visited the pyramids of Egypt.

When it comes to The Beatles and the occult, it’s perhaps not too much of a stretch to suggest with some certainty that most culture commentators and historians within the mainstream have given the impression that the band were first introduced to the esoteric by the well-to-do intellectuals and spiritual gurus they came into contact with from the mid-’60s onwards, once worldwide fame was assured. However, I think there’s strong evidence to indicate that, actually, their fascination with ancient mysteries and the occult goes back much further, back to their days in Liverpool when they were still struggling, penniless young musicians barely out of school and when the word “Beatles” was yet to be uttered. How or where, at such an early age, did they acquire such knowledge and how does this connect (if at all) to the occult symbolism in the Yellow Submarine movie? The details surrounding this intriguing and overlooked episode in the Beatles’ story is discussed in the Conspiro Media chat with Robert Hieronimus as well as some of the occult symbols hiding in plain sight within the film. He also talks about his long and often rocky dealings with The Beatles’ company, ‘Apple,’ and the friendly and fruitful relationships he’s forged over the years with some of The Beatles’ trusted inner circle including the band’s long-time PR man Derek Taylor and famed record producer Sir George Martin (who contributed the introduction to Robert’s celebrated Yellow Submarine book). He relives the night when he successfully assembled together most of the original crew members of the movie for a 30th anniversary reunion TV special at the BBC’s legendary Maida Vale Studios, and he also talks about the “genius” of Yellow Submarine art designer Heinz Edelmann who died in 2009. However, the interview begins with memories of his early days as an album-cover and poster designer with ‘Elektra Records’ when he shared his knowledge of occult symbols with some of the biggest names in Rock music history, including Jimi Hendrix.

** The conversation was recorded on June 26th 2012

Check out Hieronimus’ website, 21st Century Radio, here:

http://21stcenturyradio.com/

 

 

REFERENCE LINKS:

https://www.thebeatles.com/news/yellow-submarine-returns-cinemas-across-uk-ireland-and-us-summer

http://wogew.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/yellow-submarine-heads-for-us-theaters.html

http://ew.com/movies/2018/04/03/yellow-submarine-return-to-theaters-50th-anniversary/

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8280617/the-beatles-yellow-submarine-movie-theaters

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_Submarine_(film)

http://21stcenturyradio.com/bobbio/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Richard_Hieronimus

http://www.21stcenturyradio.com/yellowsub/index.html#ys

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomorrow_Never_Knows

http://www.beatleswiki.com/wiki/index.php/The_Inner_Light

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Inner_Light_(song)

http://amroali.com/2015/05/when-john-lennon-and-yoko-ono-tried-to-loot-egypts-ancient-treasures/

http://deadline.com/2014/07/peter-jackson-the-hobbit-stanley-kubrick-the-beatles-810912/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Kubrick%27s_unrealized_projects

https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/stanley-kubricks-1974-psychedelic-lord-of-the-rings-project-starring-the-beatles.155592/

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=s7MUAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA1012&lpg=PA1012&dq=The+movie+should+be+shown+in+a+temple+24+hours+a+day+john+lennon&source=bl&ots=slGdlOSOIG&sig=6mOBb7W7xsHUwTIVbwDJE-xJ5zw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwje1fWxisraAhVJNMAKHb7PAkMQ6AEwBnoECAAQXw#v=onepage&q=The%20movie%20should%20be%20shown%20in%20a%20temple%2024%20hours%20a%20day%20john%20lennon&f=false

 

Coming soon; book-launch on the occult, esoteric and ‘spiritual’ aspects of The Beatles…

Well, I thought I’d post-up the following information regarding a forthcoming Beatles-related event taking place in Ireland in case you or any one you know might want to go along – after all, it appears that the topic of the day will be very much attached to the band’s occultic/“esoteric” and ‘spiritual’ leanings and influences on culture… So then… lifted directly from the page http://www.huntmuseum.com/event/behind-wall-illusion-religious-occult-esoteric-world-beatles/, here’s what’s scheduled to go down:

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BEHIND THE WALL OF ILLUSION – THE RELIGIOUS, OCCULT AND ESOTERIC WORLD OF THE BEATLES

Sunday 8th April 2018
THE LIMERICK WRITERS’ CENTRE
is pleased to announce the launch of:

Behind the Wall of Illusion – the religious, occult and esoteric world of the Beatles

It will be launched by Prof Eoin Devereux of the University of Limerick

Sunday 8th April 3.00pm at The Hunt Museum, Rutland Street, Limerick

Part of what makes The Beatles so special is that no matter how much you know about the band already – no matter how many times you’ve listened to their songs, no matter how many books about them you’ve read, no matter how much trivia you know, no matter how long you’ve analysed them – there are always new things to learn.

In Sean MacLeod’s new book on the Fab Four, Behind the Wall of Illusion – the religious, occult and esoteric world of The Beatles, he takes us not only behind their music and personalities but examines the phenomenon that was the  Beatles and puts them into perspective as heralds of a new age and conscious development of mankind.  You will be surprised, shocked and excited as you read how the Beatles expressed a modern take on the ancient Greek god Dionysus; the symbolism behind the song ‘Yellow Submarine’; why the Beatles’ long hair cultivated spiritual connotations, and much more.

Sean MacLeod is a singer/songwriter/musician, author, music producer and lecturer from Dublin, now living in Limerick, Ireland.  Sean has been writing and producing music for more than twenty five years. This is Sean’s third book on the music industry. His previous books Leaders of the Pack: Girl Groups of the 1960s and Their Influence on Popular Culture in Britain and America (2015) and Phil Spector: Sound of the Sixties (2017) received critical acclaim.

It is available to buy online at http://www.limerickwriterscentre.com and from all usual outlets.
For further details: Dominic Taylor; Tel: 087 2996409; E: limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com