The Latest (Old) Photo Of George … Or Is It?

At the same time that it has been announced that George Harrison’s first electric guitar, a Hofner Club 40, will be auctioned, a “new” photo of him playing it (above, main photo) has emerged, and is circulating social media. The problem is that none of the Beatles experts of my acquaintance have seen this photo

Everything Is Real … The Early Days Of Strawberry Field

One of the interesting sidelines of being a Beatles’ historian is that the research process takes one down many surprising avenues, and often unearths unexpected results. This also leads to a richer knowledge of the city that shaped The Beatles. For many people, Liverpool is The Beatles, and The Beatles are Liverpool, and while that

Lennon Makes The News … Father Lennon, That Is!

The history of the Lennon family is littered with many scoundrels and bounders, but as least one of John Lennon’s ancestors, his great Uncle, The Reverend Father William George Lennon seems to have conducted an exemplary ministry, although questions remain unanswered about his later life. Given the views of John Lennon about Christianity in general,

Ringo’s Knighthood … What Goes On?

So the rumours were true, and Mr. Richard Starkey MBE will indeed, in the course of 2018, be promoted from a humble Member of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire to a Knight Commander of the same order, allowing him to use the title ‘Sir’ before his name. A Knight of the Realm,