The Beatles Mystery



In the beginning, the Beatles were the most popular and groundbreaking group in the history of Rock and Roll. In addition to having hit after hit, they literally changed the world musically.

A few years into this reign, in 1966, John Lennon gave an interview in which he stated his opinion that the Beatles had become More Popular Than Jesus, which in all honesty was probably true, especially in his native England which is where he gave the interview.

The assertion didn’t cause much of a stir in Britain, but then the article was republished in the American magazine Datebook on July 29th 1966, as luck would have it, on the same date as Bob Dylan’s motorcycle accident that sidelined him for most of the rest of the sixties.

When the interview hit US shelves, there was outrage among an American populace which had for the most part not really engaged yet the spirit of what the sixties was to be known for; there were protests, Radio stations called for boycotts of the Beatles, there were record burnings held in the south, the Beatles popularity was in jeopardy.

In August of 1966, the Beatles came to America and John Lennon apologized; trying to clarify that he wasn’t stating that the Beatles were in any way better than Jesus, but like TV, he felt that at that point that they had become more popular. The public largely accepted this apology, although during the Beatles brief ’66 tour of America there were empty seats in the stadiums for the first time. Had the Beatles passed their prime, even though their music was better than ever?

At this point, there was no mention of clues in the Beatles materials, either the songs themselves or the visual materials like their album covers; but from September of 1966 on, everything else the Beatles did would be evaluated and inspected for clues…the mystery had seemingly begun.

In the summer of 1969, at the height of the Beatles fame, a rumor began to spread across college campuses in the US that Paul McCartney had died and been replaced by a lookalike; a lookalike who could also play bass and sing as McCartney did.

paul and strawberry fields sir paul

There are stories passed on through the years that the rumor was shared during parties in 1967, and another that the story of McCartney’s so-called demise was offered to Rolling Stone magazine; but it wasn’t until the latter half of 1969 that the story really began to take hold.

In September, stories began to be published in the newspapers of a couple of college campuses. First the Drake Times-Delphic then Northern Illinois’ student paper ran articles detailing McCartney’s demise and began to disseminate clues in apparent proof of this assertion.

In October, the story made its way into Michigan where it landed first at WOIA on October 10th after DJ Larry Monroe’s brother told him the tale and he decided to go on air with it. Listening was someone named Russ Updike, who called in and then headed for the radio studio according to Monroe’s linked story above. On the way, Updike was apparently hit head on and killed by a drunk driver, adding an eerie local element to the story that McCartney had been seemingly killed in a car crash.

Fellow WOIA DJ Jim Curtis then called Apple records in London to get word directly from them, where the night watchman called it “a load of horseshit” link.

From there, on October 12th an Eastern Michigan student named Tom Zarski called into Russ Gibb’s show on WKNR and said the now infamous words “I wanted to rap with you about McCartney being dead and what is this all about” link.

After bringing Gibb up to speed, he told him to put on the Beatles Revolution Number 9 from the White Album and to turn the song around backwards and play it in reverse. Gibb did, and heard something incredibly spooky.

“Number 9”, when reversed, said “turn me on dead man”.

The rumor exploded around the Ann Arbor area; one person who heard the rumor was University of Michigan student Fred LaBour, who had been given an assignment to review the Beatles new album, Abbey Road. He decided to incorporate the rumor into the review and on October 14th 1969 published a story in the Michigan Daily.


LaBour’s story supplied a fictional name of the person who had taken Paul’s place, William Campbell; and for a reason that has never been explained, pinpointed the approximate date of Paul’s demise as “early November 1966”.

It was around this time that a new clue was introduced, although there is no record of who actually discovered the clue or when, but someone had the idea to bisect the words Lonely Hearts with a mirror on the Sgt. Pepper cover and they found what might have been the most astounding clue of all.


The clue reads I One I X He Die. It was interpreted as November 9th He Die, again going back to the early November 1966 timeline (Interestingly enough, what really did happen on this date is that John Lennon met Yoko Ono).

After LaBour’s article, the story quickly gained nationwide traction; and found its way to Roby Yonge at WABC in New York where he went on the air with the rumor (and was fired for it).

The rumor then gained global popularity for about two weeks. Then, Life magazine went to track Paul down and found him on his farm in Scotland and ran a cover story stating that Paul was in fact alive.


This makes approximately no sense of course, because it always could have been the replacement saying he was Paul…but no matter, this in large part shut the rumor down and the world went back to waiting for the eventual demise of the Beatles which would come a few months later in April of 1970.

Although the story began to fizzle, there was still enough interest in the rumor that F Lee Bailey did a radio show with Fred LaBour, among others, in late November of ’69.

Some people during this time even pointed back to a recording that had been done earlier in 1969 by Terry Knight entitled Saint Paul, that seemed to allude to something afoot with Paul as well.

What is truly odd about this is that Terry Knight out of nowhere was invited to Abbey Road and witnessed some of the 1968 drama surrounding the Beatles; and then, his resulting song became the one and only song ever published by Maclen music, McCartney and Lennon’s own company.

Heading into the seventies, the Beatles broke up and started their individual careers, occasionally delving into activities that suggested kind of inside jokes, with no one ever really being sure just what they were on about.

Nonetheless, the rumor that Paul McCartney was dead faded from the spotlight as the seventies progressed; there was still a small group who discussed the story at Beatle gatherings but most people had concluded that the rumor was a hoax; possibly a group of coincidences or maybe a hoax perpetrated by the band themselves either to sell records or for their own amusement.

One person who continued on the loonies path was Joel Glazier, who supplied his own theory on Paul is Dead (PID as it was now known) in the Beatles Monthly fanzine Strawberry Fields Forever in the late seventies link.


Glazier added a religious component to the theories of the origins of the rumor and was even prescient enough to have pointed out that John Lennon lived in the building where Rosemary’s Baby had been filmed 11 years earlier, a fact that would become much more macabre after Lennon’s assassination.

After Lennon’s death, a thirst for the nostalgia of the Beatles which would now never reunite took over even more; and there was very little mention of Paul is Dead other than as a once-upon-a-time curiosity throughout the eighties and nineties.

One notable exception to this was Apple records head Neil Aspinall, who founded a company called Standby Films, in part to “set the record straight” about the various aspects of the Beatles stories subject to misinformation through the years.


As the 2000’s dawned, message boards had sprung up to discuss all parts of the Beatles legacy, and with the ability to now post links and graphics online it only made sense that forums would spring up to discuss the Paul is Dead rumor as well. The two most popular forums of the aughts were the sites Nothing is Real and The King is Naked.

TKIN espoused one popular theory and document, and then a group of posters broke away and started Nothing is Real, which was a forum that was a more free flowing set of ideas that perhaps Paul was dead, or he was alive somewhere and had been replaced, or any sort of roll-your-own idea as to what had actually taken place throughout the sixties.

After all, there are all of these clues and there were now web sites that had detailed listings of all clues that had been made widely available. Each of these forums were joined by hundreds, if not thousands, of fans and treasure hunters eager to engage the mystery. One member of each forum was a poster who went by the moniker Apollo C Vermouth.

Apollo conducted himself as an insider, giving cryptic clues trying to point the other members back in a particular direction and insisting that there was indeed a mystery that had not yet been solved, that may or may not have included Paul is Dead as a solution. He never gave the ultimate answer. His penultimate post was an until-this-day unsolved riddle that went as follows.

Once upon a long ago, lived four young lads I’m sure you know. The other three, you know them two. You’ll know me better when this is through.

Before the band was on the run, a natures child followed the sun. And soon the four became a three, a list of clues for those to see. A story told in fine detail, to keep the loonies on the trail. A coin, a sheep, a favored son, were welcomed guest when the day was done.

Now, those days are gone, the stories told, in rivers of ash, and urns of gold. A final hint to all of those, who refuse to see the Emporer’s clothes. 

Apollo C Vermouth was the Deep Throat of Beatles Mystery, infuriating some and exhilarating others, insisting that there was an answer, but never fully giving it. Apollo posted infrequently from 2003-2007 on both forums, giving one last post in January of 2008.


He was then heard from no more, then in April of 2008 a board of Nothing is Real members made this post.

According to this group, Apollo C Vermouth was Apple Records head and career long Beatles insider Neil Aspinall, his final post coming as he was dealing with Cancer. If this is the case, and I would put in a personal note that I find these posters and the premise credible, there had been someone posting information for years who had been in the Beatles innermost circle. But lets backtrack for a moment…

In 2006, a foreign poster named Billy started posting on the Nothing is Real forum asking questions about the mystery. He asserted that he was going to make a documentary that would blow everyone’s minds and seemed to be privy to certain hard to find information, and then on November 9th 2006 he posted this–

Known now as Iamaphoney, his (or their) videos started as standard Paul is Dead fare, but started to incorporate very obscure elements that no one had seen before. The Beatles mystery quickly progressed from focusing on Paul to having mystical elements and a subject matter that was less clear. Regardless, it very quickly became evident that Iamaphoney had tapped into a reservoir of Beatles knowledge few had before, and the production of these videos had taken an enormous jump in value.

It had gotten so good so fast, that it started to be whispered that Iamaphoney may have some sort of backing, and may be a group instead of an individual. The PID community was electrified, although many of Nothing is Real’s most knowledgable posters were somewhat skeptical of the clues being presented and bothered that Iamaphoney had taken up so much attention within the community. The Rotten Apple thread on Nothing is Real reached an astounding 240 pages.

Well at some point, a rumor started that Neil Aspinall and his Standby Films had started to fund Iamaphoney, and this was the reason for both the obscure materials they had gotten their hands on as well as the extreme sudden jump in production quality.

At around this same point, Heather Mills was going through her divorce from Paul and made a rather remarkable assertion–that she had a box of evidence and there was “such a fear of the truth coming out”, which dovetailed with Apollo’s and now Iamaphoney’s positions that there was a much more far-reaching mystery still to be solved…and maybe Paul didn’t want it solved.

Presumably the divorce agreement ended Heather’s revelations because she has never spoken out since about any “truth” regarding Paul…however Julian Lennon, probably much more credible than a very upset Heather was during that time, also gave his own hint after being snubbed for McCartney’s wedding, saying the following on Facebook:

Gimme some truth, maybe now its Time to tell the Truth.

At the point that Neil Aspinall died, the Iamaphoney videos kept coming, but the new revelations in the series largely had stopped and it became more of a game in which a revelation was to be uncovered; a revelation whose date would eventually be given as November 9th 2012.

He first promised an interview, teased everyone but didn’t deliver, and this game continued from the time of Aspinall’s death to the Revelation date on November 9th 2012; at which point he released a video stating that he was not allowed to give the answer, breaking the hearts of all those who remained.

Because at this point, not many of the original members of Nothing is Real were active, and The King is Naked had largely closed down. It seemed as if the endless teases and obfuscation carried out by Iamaphoney may have drained the community of its collective spirit, and today the only people really trying to solve the mystery are mostly new members feeding on the threads of yesterday.

Was Iamaphoney really a byproduct of Neil Aspinall and Standby Films? Well a few years ago Sgt. Pepper Code author Redwell Trabant did some investigating and found a link between Iamaphoney and Neil Aspinall link.

The Iamaphoney rumor, going back to 2008, indicated that after Neil died that the  project became part of MPL, Paul McCartney’s own firm, and if that were true then the revelations would have stopped because presumably Paul didn’t want any more revealed. It should be noted that Billy Martin, the face of Iamaphoney, has strongly denied having any involvement with MPL.

Today, activity investigating the Beatles mystery has slowed down dramatically; Apollo is gone, Iamaphoney has only posted a couple of videos in the last 6 years; Nothing is Real doesn’t have much activity. But, I’m still trying, for one.

I’m writing a book, I’ve been writing it for 7 years now. At the beginning it didn’t have that much to do with the Beatles, it was just more my own personal journey. But as time has gone by, the Beatles mystery has been incorporated more and more into what I am writing.

On that note I’m fortunate I didn’t finish years ago, because I didn’t think I had the answer then; now I think I might.

Going back to the beginning of this story, I personally believe that although the Beatles sought forgiveness for More Popular Than Jesus, that privately they held a grudge. And became resolved, with no fanfare, to change things…to open the world up to new ideas and a new way of thinking; one in which if they stated their true feelings about religion that they would not be in jeopardy and their careers would not be threatened.

I don’t think personally that they ever intended evil, but only freedom from dogma.

That provides the motivation. When Sgt. Pepper came out on June 1st 1967, the world was already beginning its change. The Beatles didn’t cause all of that, but what Sgt. Pepper did was catalyze it. Apollo C Vermouth insisted for years in his posts, linked to above, that Sgt. Pepper was the key to everything and so much of what followed was in actuality an attempt to point people back in the direction of Pepper to find what had been missed.


This is what I think it was. The death of God, the Is God Dead issue of Time magazine that came out on April 8th 1966. The issue included an obituary for God, written in newspaper style.


As you can see, the obituary has a dateline matching the date of Paul’s so-called death, November 9th, and has a byline of Atlanta. The ATL I’ve circled on the cover and the mirrored drum tell the tale; God is Dead was the Beatles mystery and what they set out to cause.

Is that it? I’m sure there is more, but lets quote Paul McCartney himself; during Apollo’s and Iamaphoney’s heyday he may have gotten a bit loose and let out his own clue, from the song House of Wax.

Hidden in the yard
underneath the wall
buried deep below
lay the answer to it all.                                                                                                            –Paul McCartney (House Of Wax)

I think that’s it. The answer is God is Dead. The answer is ATL. The answer is Time. I’m going to finish my book soon enough. Will it be accepted, and if so will anyone admit to it? I guess we’ll see.


…For the Uninitiated

To a lot of people who are more used to seeing posts about local political issues, when these posts pop up in their timeline it probably gets dismissed as a case of Will’s just being insane. 

I don’t mind that really, I’m sure its good natured and there’s no question that at times I do tend to skew towards the arcane.

But here’s my view. I usually can look at a subject for an hour and feel confident enough to put in my two cents. I might be right, might be wrong but hopefully most of the time I’ll at least be in the ballpark.

That’s with an hour of effort. I’ve been studying this for 6 years. Last week I was putting in 20 hour days on this. That certainly isn’t meant to brag, its just for perspective; if you can take a person’s viewpoint seriously after they’ve spent relatively little time on a topic, you should be able to trust their viewpoint on the subject where they spend most of their time. Hopefully 😉

There will be an answer, Let It Be.

But Will, this was just a hoax. The Beatles didn’t mean anything by Paul is Dead. (Stay with me here, don’t click off)

Yes, they did.

There are numerous books devoted to this. Hundreds of people per day visit Nothing is Real and forums like it. They have thousands of members. Hundreds, probably thousands of blogs and websites are devoted to this. And many of those people don’t believe that Paul died in 1966.

But something isn’t right. And that’s why they’re there.

Let’s go back to 1966 for a second. In August, there were Beatle record burnings and bonfires over much of the country, DJ’s were encouraging people to get rid of their Beatle materials and were denouncing the band. All because of John Lennon’s More Popular Than Jesus interview that had just been published in the United States. And he wasn’t wrong about anything he said. But they didn’t like it here. So, the Beatles had to apologize for it on August 12th 1966. Eventually, the record burnings stopped and they finished the last few weeks of their US Tour, but not before death threats in Memphis and the scare of a cherry bomb going off on stage during their concert there.

By August 29th 1966, the tour was finished and privately the Beatles decided they weren’t going to tour anymore. In reality, even though they were at a creative peak with Revolver having just released, there were empty seats in the stadiums that had been full the year prior. And unquestionably, people had in fact turned on the Beatles that August, DJ’s had turned on them, the media had turned on them.

And Bob Dylan had just gotten into a motorcycle accident. In fact, he got into his accident the same day that the Lennon interview had been released in the US. None of this bode well for the future. And there was precedent for this worry. There of course had been the original Rock and Roll of the fifties. But look what happened to it. Elvis went into the Army. Little Richard turned to God. Jerry Lee Lewis married his cousin and that was the end of him. Chuck Berry got caught with an underage girl and that was his demise. Buddy Holly died in a plane crash. Eddie Cochran, a car crash.

Largely, the original Rock and Roll died in the late fifties for a bunch of seemingly unrelated reasons, and all of its stars vacated. And it largely stayed that way until the Beatles changed the world and brought it all back even better in 1964. But to any thinking artist in the summer of ’66, it may have come across like the fix had been in during the late 50’s to kill off Rock and Roll and now Dylan was out and the Beatles were having to stave off an angry mob.

Was it going to happen again?

The reason this all matters is because when people look at Paul is Dead now, or even in the fall of 1969 when this took hold over the whole world briefly, everyone always points back to the fall of 1966 as that mystical time when everything happened. This is when Paul died, this is when the Beatles stopped touring, this is when they grew their mustaches, this is when the sixties largely exploded onto the national consciousness.

The fall of 1966 is when all of the mystery started, its when all the clues started. And there’s a giant unseen finger pointing away from More Popular Than Jesus and empty seats and Dylan’s accident and record burnings as if to wipe it all out as being a potential source for anything.

If you tell anyone immersed in this that Paul’s supposed death happened right on the heels of More Popular Than Jesus, they will look at you blankly like that never occurred to them. And all of the stories have been designed that way. To wipe out everything that came before the fall of 1966, that everything started there.

And just one month earlier, comes off to everyone pursuing Paul is Dead as the Old Testament. Ancient history. BC, or in this case BPID.


After all, isn’t that exactly what is on Sgt. Pepper’s cover? Old Beatles, New Beatles.

But exactly where they don’t want you to look, is where you need to look. And it took years to figure that out.

Paul died on November 9th 1966 per the legend. The prime reason this is known is that when you mirror the Sgt. Pepper drum, you get this.


One One One X He Die. Or 11 1X, or November 9th He Die. See, I don’t care what you think about the notion of Paul being dead and replaced by an exact replica, don’t care what you think about the sleuthing to deduce that this means November 9th, just simply acknowledge one thing:

This is some weird, freaky stuff.

Who would think to do this in the first place? Even weirder is the history of this clue.

It was mentioned on one radio show in mid-November 1969. It went largely unnoticed at the time. Joel Glazier then published the clue in 1979 in his screed that this was all the story of Faust brought to life. But it wasn’t until the internet era that this clue attained widespread attention among Beatle aficionados and today is standard PID101 fare.

And yet, without the clue being known about, the November 9th date has been known all along. Fred LaBour published the Paul is Dead story that took off nationally on October 14th 1969. Somehow, he knew to point back towards early November 1966 as the date of death. But no one knows where the November 9th date actually came from, it just somehow did.

If you don’t know what happened, The Beatles put clues, purportedly showing that Paul had died, into everything they did from Sgt. Pepper onward.

There were a few underground rumblings in 1967 and 1968 about the story of Paul is Dead, Rolling Stone reportedly having been approached with the story in 1968, but it didn’t gain any real traction with anyone until the late summer of 1969, and after making Sept. appearances in the Drake Times-Delphic and the Northern Illinois student newspapers it really took hold right here in Michigan; first Larry Monroe and then Russ Gibb having gotten calls about it on their radio shows. Russ Gibb got his call from a guy named Tom on October 12th 1969 and laughed it off until Tom convinced him to turn Revolution Number 9 around and play it backwards.

What Russ Gibb heard when he did freaked out everyone listening and freaked out Russ Gibb and is why a reversed video largely comprised of gibberish has over 2 million views on YouTube today. Because Number 9 becomes Turn Me On Dead Man. And because 2 years earlier, in about the most seductive moment in Rock history then or since, it was The Beatles who sang I’d Love to Turn You On, it completely blew everyone’s minds and within days this rumor had become a full blown phenomenon worldwide.


The antidote for this condition was to put Paul and his family on the Cover of Life Magazine on November 7th 1969; somehow this “Paul” being alive convinced most people that he was fine, even though it was the same Paul who had been doing everything with the Beatles for the last 3 years, which may make even less sense than the rumor itself did.

So then the world moved on, The Beatles broke up and had very successful solo careers and Paul is Dead took its place alongside the Moon Hoax and JFK conspiracy as one of the most entertaining Urban Legends of all time. The Beatles themselves called it rubbish. And the most clever band of all time said nothing else. Rubbish.

But a small subset of the population didn’t let it go.

Something wasn’t right about all of this, you don’t have to believe Paul died to know the clues are really there. Why are they there?

Throughout those days and for years afterwards, artists wrote lyrics that seemed to allude to something. And generally speaking that something seemed to involve The Beatles. And that something didn’t seem to be a joke, or a hoax, or something to laugh off. It seemed to be about something legitimate.

Don McLean built an entire song around this, one of the most famous of all time, called American Pie.

The Marching Band refused to yield, do you recall what was revealed?

Terry Knight had one of the first Paul is Dead songs in Saint Paul, even though the lyrics have nothing to do with Paul being dead and is the one and only non-Beatles song published by MacLen music, even though he had no history with the group besides a single meeting with them.

Did Judas speak to you or did you put the whole world on? Its taken you too long to change the world. While you and Sgt. Pepper saw the writing on the wall. 

Paul put a Ram on a solo LP. John then put a Pig on his next album.

So Sgt. Pepper took you by surprise…

I AM The Walrus.

Here’s another clue for you all, the Walrus was Paul.

I was the Walrus but now I’m just John, the dream is over. 

(Why is it so important who The Walrus is, I thought this was supposed to be a nonsense character?) 

And not one word of that was ever explained by anyone. And it isn’t because no one asked.  Does this sound like a hoax? A joke? Rubbish? Or does it sound like they’re talking quite seriously about something but we don’t know what that something is? Because it certainly isn’t about Paul dying.

Lets fast forward to today, the internet age.

Heather Mills was married to Paul, said she had a box of evidence, that there was such a fear of the truth coming out.

The aforementioned Russ Gibb won’t talk about what it is that he heard in England, maybe saving it for a deathbed story.

Does it seem at this point like this is something serious enough that people are actually in fear for their lives if this were to come out?

Neil Aspinall was part of the Beatles inner circle from the very beginning, he was actually a roadie for the band in Liverpool before they made it big. He started a company called IAMaphoney in 1990 to set the record straight about all of the Beatles stories. You know, in addition to running the Beatles label Apple for years.

In the 2000’s he also became a mysterious internet poster named Apollo C Vermouth, who joined two of the most popular Beatles Mystery forums and gave cryptic clues to try and bring members back on track about what the mystery really was. He told people to simplify. That Sgt. Pepper was the key to all of this. That the answer was really right in front of everyone’s face. There were flowers in the dirt.

Before Aspinall got cancer and died on March 24th 2008, a mysterious foreigner showed up who coincidentally also went by the name IAMaphoney. He started making videos about the Paul is Dead mystery, but the vast majority of the series, done in 2006-2012 had not much to do with Paul having died and a whole lot to do with some sort of vast mystery involving Paul and the rest of the group.

It was one of the most popular channels of the early days of YouTube, but when Neil got sick in 2008, it seemed as if IAMaphoney’s series kind of went off the rails. His 2012 date to show the Revelation to the world came and went, the series concluding on November 9th 2012, without any revelation having ever been displayed. The rumor was that after Neil Aspinall died, the IAMaphoney team became part of Paul McCartney’s own MPL firm, which of course would then preclude any secret relating to the Beatles ever actually seeing the light.

Redwel Trabant established that fairly clearly (and the part about organize Paul’s secret certainly seems to imply that there’s a, you know, secret), because there are plenty of people out there dead serious about trying to solve all of this.

And then there’s Julian Lennon on Facebook in 2011. “Wow… Snubbed at Macca’s wedding, snubbed at the anniversary of LOVE in Vegas! Snubbed at Macca’s wedding reception in NYC… Snubbed at George Harrison’s film premiere… What have I done to be ignored in such a way? I was not invited to ANY of these events… I thought we had a relationship … Obviously not… Gimme some truth… Maybe now it’s time to tell the Truth

Suffice to say, there’s something quite serious that seems to be hidden from view. Its not a game, its something serious enough that rather important people are afraid to talk about it, and would take it to their graves without ever revealing the answer.

That’s why people are still pursuing this.

Sunday, combing through a 238 page thread, I saw this lyric from Paul’s House of Wax:

Hidden in the yard
underneath the wall
buried deep below
…lay the answer to it all.

And I knew I had it. I stepped outside to have an e-cig, my hands were shaking, and as I stood there I was on the top of the mountain. An answer people had been searching for, for 48 years. The answer is this.


The answer is Time.

Paul is Dead, is really God is Dead. And Paul is code, plausible deniability in case anyone started getting close. And ATL, is Atlanta, the obituary for God is Dead found in the April 8th 1966 issue of Time. (There are many other clues to this, I’m not posting them today although I have previously. House of Wax matters right now because it put me over the top.)


And as I stood there, drinking in the victory, I laughed out loud. No one is going to believe this, no one is going to accept the conclusion, no one is going to acknowledge that this is the answer.

But it is.

Now I’ve been posting this for 3 years, but the evidence was more scant. I had a pretty good idea that I had it, but I didn’t know it for sure. Now I do.

And if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Some people think the Beatles are evil, satanic. I don’t really believe that, I think you have to go back to the conditions in the Southern US in the summer of 1966 and realize that the kids burning Beatles records were largely sitting in Church on Sunday. They didn’t want someone to point out that The Beatles had become more popular than Jesus, even though they probably had.

They also didn’t want anyone to point out that their football teams were still All-White.

The Beatles weren’t about to view these kids as having been on the side of righteousness, because they still were significantly flawed and tied into their rules. And coming off their apology, and ending their tour in 1966, can you really see a John Lennon, or any Beatle for that matter, just letting that go?

Our careers and even our lives were at stake here and yet you still have no black football players?

No way in hell, would they just let that go.

But publicly its exactly what they did. And its exactly when all the mystery started.

The November 9th 1966 date of Paul’s death obscured the November 9th 1965 God is Dead obituary. The ATL in Beatles, signifying Atlanta, was hidden in plain sight; even though there was a doll pointing at those letters.

God is Dead. The Ubermensch of Nietzsche. Do What Thou Wilt, Sgt. Pepper luminary Aleister Crowley’s philosophy. Do what you want, that’s what the Beatles were all about. No, this was about freedom. About all of the ideals of the sixties.

And God, was getting in the way of all of it. And it kind of seems like they may have set out to correct that condition. (and maybe the most fascinating part of all of this, not being discussed here, is whether God might have actually reacted to this?)

Now, doesn’t that seem like why the Walrus would be somewhat important? After all, in The Walrus and The Carpenter, The Walrus called all of the young oysters out of the ocean. And then, ate them all.

Sgt. Pepper showed up on June 1st 1967 and blew away everyone. It was the trumpet blast to the Summer of Love, She’s Leaving Home, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, I’d Love to Turn You On, drug references abound, timed perfectly with the end of school in 1967 and kids from all over the country got out of school, left home, went to San Francisco and Turned On.

I’m not a Christian and it’s probably better that I’m not, because I’m not even against what the Beatles did here but its blatantly obvious why The Walrus mattered. Because no matter how much of this they themselves caused in retrospect, they clearly saw themselves as the Pipers and it certainly worked out that way in no small part.

And no one burned any records to protest it, did they? The world had changed. The Beatles had changed it.

Maybe they just don’t want you to know that was their goal.

This may never wind up on the news, I’ve been working on a book about all of this for years and maybe that’s what it is going to take, but I think its important that this is written down somewhere today.

Because Tomorrow Never Knows…


922 – Spirit

…You see, because the Catcher in the Rye defined rebellion. As did Elvis, James Dean and The Wild One.

Teenagers wanted to rebel? Maybe they did, maybe they just wanted to have fun, and most importantly, a world of their own.

But the Cold War defined what happened to them after High School. Protest wasn’t allowed, protest was a communist plot. Diversity of speech and attitude wasn’t going to get you ahead in the corporation, so College frowned upon the idea of the young challenging the Status Quo.

Political protest in the 50’s was tantamount to treason, water was thrown on the entire idea of rebellion by the time the Rock and Rollers got into College.

And being the corporate shill was actually admired; doing what your boss did and saying what he said put two cars in your garage, put two chickens in the pot. If you didn’t tow the line, the boss would send a note home to your wife asking why he couldn’t conform and it’s too bad because you would be doing much better if your husband did.

And then 4 guys sat down at a lunch counter in Greensboro. And students started saying no when told to follow the established curriculum, to believe what everyone before them believed.

The Rock and Rollers had something inside of them, it was called spirit. Holden Caulfield defined it as a child jumping off a cliff to adulthood, something to be protected.

The youth of 1960 suddenly started making different choices in small numbers, a choice to challenge what they felt was a factory, they challenged the establishment. The Civil Rights protesters and the white youth in the colleges both made this decision together, neither followed the other and each became sympathetic to the other’s cause.

The SDS and the Diggers and the FSM believed different things, had different objectives but all had a spirit that the generations before them didn’t have.

It was as if they graduated from Rock and Roll and said “this world isn’t good enough”.

It was the youth of 1960 that ultimately built the sixties, and no their brand of Peace and Love couldn’t survive Manson.

But they did try to change the world, and they certainly embraced diversity of attitude and thought.

What happened?

How is it that today, there is only one accepted version of events, and if you dare challenge that version you are either met with sarcasm or ignored.

The very tactics used by the establishment in 1960 are used by certain Beatle fans today, people who are completely fine in subjugating any free thought to remain in the favor of their benefactors and peers.

And the worst part is, the same people who are credited with trying to change the world, embrace the single theory approach because it makes them money and keeps them out of harm’s way.

They became what they hated.

Faces in Toast – Gulf of Tonkin

For those accustomed to the more Beatlemania-side of Faces in Toast, getting into the political side of this equation may seem kind of boring, but I’ll try my best to liven things up…

Remember, November 22nd 1963 saw both Beatlemania launched in the United States as well as the eventual escalation of Vietnam due to the assassination of JFK.

If there was one tangible incident pointed to as being responsible for the escalation of Vietnam, other than the assassination of John F. Kennedy, it was  the Gulf of Tonkin incident on August 2nd 1964.

In this very disputed account, North Vietnamese forces fired upon the destroyer USS Maddox which prompted a US retaliatory strike upon the 3 torpedo boats responsible for the attack.

This event, plus a similar event two days later involving the Maddox and the aptly named US ship Turner Joy, prompted Lyndon Johnson to report to America that the Country had been attacked; even though it is highly disputed whether the American ships provoked an attack by traveling too near the North Vietnamese ships or, in the case of the second incident on August 4th, whether the US Ships had ever been engaged by the North Vietnamese at all.

The leader of the US Naval fleet in the Tonkin area was Admiral George Stephen Morrison.

George Morrison had a son who would not become known to the world for a couple of years yet, but his son did happen to be born on our fateful December 8th date, exactly two years after the United States declared War and entered WWII.

Jim Morrison is just the first of many that will be spotlighted that both came from a Military family and then somehow wound up in the Laurel Canyon section of Los Angeles before becoming famous.

If there is one seminal moment in Los Angeles that announced the arrival of the Laurel Canyon crowd as a force in the growing sixties counter-culture scene, it was the out-of-nowhere introduction of the Oedipal section to an already existing song of theirs, The End by Jim Morrison and the Doors during a performance at the fledgling Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles in August of 1966.

Although Val Kilmer gives a fantastic performance as Morrison in the movie, one thing I will say is that the only Jim Morrison that was even more foreboding than Kilmer’s portrayal of Morrison is Morrison himself; Morrison transformed his stage presense from a very shy singer to the Lizard King persona during the Summer of ’66 while the Doors were the house band at the Whisky.

The Doors really weren’t considered initially to be very good or one of the better of the LA scene that was just starting to happen, but this performance, transferred to vinyl just a few days later, coupled with the breakthrough hit Light My Fire, ultimately found the Doors as the first and most shocking LA group to break into the world’s Pop consciousness in 1967.

The addition of the Oedipal section as portrayed in this scene was Morrison’s inspiration and his alone, the rest of the band had no idea where he was going with the song as he performed it on this night.

The Doors were fired from the Whisky after the performance, which ultimately only served to fuel the legend of The End and Morrison himself…