"Sorry we hurt your field, mister." - George Harrison, A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
"You’re a swine." - John Lennon, A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Today is the 52nd anniversary of Stuart Sutcliffe’s death, which prompts me to say a few things.
I’ve been blogging about Stu for four years. My purpose in creating goingintodeepwater was to help dispel the faulty Sutcliffe image that shoddy journalists had embedded in Beatles mythology, and which equally lazy writers have continued to circulate. Unfortunately, I still see the same stupid misperceptions repeated here on tumblr and other sites; still see the same stupid arguments being discussed (“was Stuart a bad bass player?”).
Sutcliffe fan fiction is often the worst offender, setting Stu up as shy and insecure, an unsure second-stringer. This despite declarations to the contrary from every Sutcliffe contemporary, from Stuart’s own letters, and from the clear evidence of his behavior that proves he was confident, responsible, and mature way beyond his peers. He was introverted, not shy; he was sensitive, not insecure (there’s a difference; look it up). He knew what he was capable of: from an early age he understood he was gifted with an exceptionally brilliant mind and a fiery talent. His dalliance with music was tangential to what he could and did accomplish as a visual artist.
Speaking of music, Stuart was the eldest and steadiest member of a rag-tag group of novice musicians. He had nerve, stamina, and courage (read about his struggle with bass guitar, and later, with debilitating illness). He had the capacity to give freely of himself, was openly passionate and able to love without limit.
But old myths die hard—-no matter how erroneous. I can only hope that current and future writers use their gray matter for more than dead paperweights holding down outdated material, and begin to realize—-and write about—-the extraordinary man Stuart Sutcliffe was.
Happy Deathday, Stu.
(portrait of Stuart Sutcliffe by stu-de-stael)
Made my own Beatles-version of “Guess Who” :3
1. Buy a “Guess Who” game
2. Measure the size of the little cards
3. Put all the pictures you want in a word document (or somewhere else), put them in the right size and print them
4. Take out the original cards and replace them with your pictures
5. Print an extra sheet of your pictures (because both players need to pick one)
6. Done :D
I read a lot about them online and in books, here are some little known facts:
- Ringo is ambidextrous
- John once saw a flying saucer
- The Beatles were indirectly responsible for the development of the CT scan
- John wanted to write a children’s book
- Ringo didn’t get to play his drums in ‘Love Me Do’, he played maracas instead.
- Yoko had John cremated even though cremation was one of his biggest fears
- John was dyslexic and legally blind
- John’s favorite meal of the day was breakfast
- During beatlemania, fans would eat the grass Ringo walked on
- The harmonica John plays in Love Me Do was shoplifted
- When they received a letter about their MBE, George mistook it for a draft letter.
- John first smoked weed in 1960, 4 years before meeting Bob Dylan
- Astrid and Stuart didn’t like Paul
- During beatlemania, radio deejays would announce temperature in “Beatle degrees” and time in “Beatle minutes”
- Paul still owns his first guitar
- According to Paul, Brian invented the Paul is Dead rumor
- Ringo considered being a country musician
- All of the Beatles sons are musicians
- Zack Starkey and Stella McCartney have the same birthday
- In 1964, BBC news claimed that Ringo had his toenails removed when he actually had his tonsils removed
- George claims to have planted 10,000 trees in his lifetime