First Published in 1976, this memoir by Lennon’s PA,during the Apple period, had gone largely unnoticed until Beatles biographer Mark Lewisohn’s recent lecture tour about a recorded meeting (for Ringo’s benefit) between Lennon McCartney & Harrison.
During the meeting in September 1969 – Lennon sets out a new democratic template for all future Beatles albums : 4 songs each + 2 for Ringo – if he wants them. Lennon goes onto point out that the Beatles being THE BEATLES, really didn’t require McCartney tunesmith approach to penning commercial hits -such asand Maxwell’s Silver Hammer etc. Instead he could ‘give them away’ to other band’s to record. George and Ringo had clearly reported to John, (who was absent) that the session for Maxwell’s Silver Hammer had become an ordeal due to McCartney’s relentless perfectionism. Plus,They hated the track. McCartney conceded, and that even he didn’t like the song that much…. Despite the meeting , Lennon decided to leave the band the following week.
So, much of Lewisohn’s ‘secret tape’, which he was only allowed to play snippets of, were previously published in this book.
Although it’s a general Lennon ‘day by day’ account- when Fawcett writes about events that he was a involved with, you get unique first hand personal detail not found elsewhere. It’s a worthwhile addition to any Beatles/music library.
VG+ 1980 revised edition with extra material – Condition minor / general handling.