"Not many of our contemporaries had died; we were all too young. It was older people that died, so Stuart’s dying was a real shock. And for me there was a little guilt tinged with it, because I’d not been his best friend at times. We ended up good friends, but we’d had a few ding-dongs, partly out of jealousy for John (Lennon)’s friendship. We all rather competed for John’s friendship, and Stuart, being his mate from art school, had a lot of his time and we were jealous of that. Also, I was keen to see the group be as good as it could be, so I would make the odd remark: ‘Oh, you didn’t play that right.’ But Stuart’s death was terrible, because if nothing else he should have been a great painter - you can see that from his sketchbooks.
The rest of us weren’t as close to Stu as John was - they’d been to college together and shared a flat - but we were still close. Everyone was very sad, though the blow was softened by the fact that he’d stayed in Hamburg and we’d got used to not being with him.
John didn’t laugh when he heard Stuart died, as people have made out; but being so young, we didn’t go on about it. The kind of questions we’d ask were, ‘I wonder if he’ll come back?’ Among ourselves we’d had a pact that if one of us were to die, he’d come back and let the others know if there was another side. So as Stuart was the first one to go, we did half expect him to show up. Any pans that rattled in the night could be him."
— Paul McCartney on Stuart Sutcliffe’s death
"They (The Beatles) looked real strange, teddy boy-like. They didn’t have to leather gear yet. The leather thing came when they met Astrid (Kirchherr) and me and the way we were walking around."
— Klaus Voormann (George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Hamburg Days)
"That ended… I don’t know, around 1962 or something, I don’t know. If you give me the albums, I can tell you exactly who wrote what and which line. We sometimes wrote together. All our best work - apart from the early days, like “I Want to Hold Your Hand” - we wrote apart always. “One After 909,” on Let It Be, I wrote when I was seventeen or eighteen. We always wrote separately, but we wrote together because we enjoyed it a lot sometimes, and also because they would say, “Well, you’re going to make an album; get together and knock off a few songs” just like a job."
— John Lennon (answers the question, ”when did your songwriting partnership with Paul end?)
THE BEATLES CHALLENGE → A Beatles song that makes you cry;
In My Life.
THE BEATLES CHALLENGE → Favourite Beatles era;
Happy Anniversary to my favourite lovebirds.
guys im so sorry this is my first gif its awful i know
GIVE ME A TRANSPARENT STAR
guys oh my god it has 40 notes its the most i have gotten on a post im so pathetically excited
Rare picture of Jane Asher and Paul McCartney