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    Paul McCartney Gets Back to Liverpool (Daily Mail 23.6.18)


    When Paul McCartney was a teenage boy dreaming of greatness he would sit on the loo in his father's council house on a Liverpool estate, play his guitar and sing. With that slight bathroom echo of lino and tiles, the room had the best acoustic in the house. From an early age he realised that if you were going to be a star you had to have that touch of echo. We know this because he's just told us in a short film covering his first return to his teenage home for James Corden's Late Late Show on television. It's an honest, unabashed reflection. Paul McCartney knows better than anyone how his childhood helped make him the most famous singer-songwriter in the world.

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    'As Time Goes By' - a review of Derek Taylor's memoir (Daily Mail, 13.4.18)


    One morning in 1969 I was sitting at my desk at the London Evening Standard when we got a tip-off that John Lennon had been arrested on a drugs charge. My job at the time was, among much else, to cover everything Beatles. So, immediately, I telephoned their friendly Press officer, Derek Taylor, at their Apple headquarters.

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    The Beatles Go To India: Daily Mail 6.4.18

    Category: Random Pieces

    When the Beatles set off for India in February 1968, they left behind a degree of bemusement and even ridicule among many of their fans. Why on earth were the four most famous young men in the world going off to an ashram in the Himalayas to study something called 'transcendental meditation'? And what kind of game was their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, playing? Back then 'meditation' was something that only holy people did, definitely not members of rock bands.

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    On the Origins of the films That'll Be The Day and Stardust (Daily Mail, September 30, 2017)

    Category: Random Pieces

    One day in the early-Seventies I had a huge stroke of beginners' luck. Going over to a friend's house to borrow a book, I was asked, over a cup of tea, if I would like to write a film. Just like that. Things like that weren't unusual in those days. The friend was David Puttnam, who, after a very successful career in advertising and then as a photographers' agent, had recently become a film producer. He had an idea that he thought might suit me.

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    The F-Word And 'Kenneth Tynan Should Have His Bottom Smacked' - Daily Mail, September 7, 2017

    Category: Random Pieces

    Back in November 1965, writer Kenneth Tynan, then the literary manager of the National Theatre, was asked during a late-night BBC television discussion if he would allow sexual intercourse to take place on stage. It was a deliberately provocative question, and, slightly side-stepping it, Tynan gave the qualified answer of 'yes', before adding that those involved would, of course, have to answer to the courts.

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