Acid Heroes

August 21, 2009

Mikal Gilmore on the Beatles’ Demise

Filed under: High Priestess — Ace Backwords @ 11:25 pm

prstsvertshortThe new Rolling Stone has a story by Mikal Gilmore called “Why the Beatles Broke Up” . A year of research and reflection led to the conclusion, and it’s okay to tell you this, because the author does:

The Beatles’ end was an accident, a maneuver by John Lennon that went horribly wrong.

Gilmore’s online story-about-the-story is very sympathetic to Paul McCartney. John Lennon is the problem, George Harrison less so. Goddess knows where poor Ringo was in all this. The High Priestess of Backwordness has always pictured Ringo as something like Dorothy of Kansas: picked up by a whirlwind and set down, uncomprehending, in another place.

One of Gilmore’s quotes resonates deeply with the High Priestess:

The end of the Beatles was convoluted and acrimonious, but it was also transcendent: No matter their problems, no matter how much they viewed one another with suspicion in their last year or two, the Beatles still knew how to talk to each other through their music, and nobody else has truly matched that heart-to-heart they achieved.

That thought alone is worth the admission price.

Due to the priestly vow of poverty, it is not the High Priestess’s style to buy Rolling Stone or indeed any magazine.. Every now and then a clutch of them turns up at the public library’s discard and donation shelf. The High Priestess considers these as acceptable as offerings on an altar, even if they are several years old. But she might have to go out and buy this one.

And this story-about-the-story-about-the story is now at an end.



  1. This is actually a post.

    Comment by Ace Backwords — August 25, 2009 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

  2. […] Posted by JetWaveRadio on YouTube, this is a part of something called A Toot and a Snore in ‘74, a Beatleg record with the participating musicians listed as John Lennon (his name is bigger on the album cover), Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Harry Nilsson, Jesse Ed Davis and Bobby Keys. The occasion was a product of Lennon’s “lost weekend.” It was the only time we know of when McCartney and Lennon played together after the Beatles broke up. […]

    Pingback by Speaking again of the Beatles « Acid Heroes: the Legends of LSD — February 7, 2010 @ 10:01 am | Reply

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