The Beatles’ diary -- August 1958

August 1958

Sometime in August (date unknown) Len Garry was admitted into hospital suffering from tubercular meningitis. It was a good six months before he recovered and by the time he came out The Quarrymen had moved on. So he didn’t play with the band again.

It was also around this time that John met Thelma Pickles at art college. “I knew his mother had been killed,” she remembered, “so I asked if his father was still alive. And he said in this very impassive and objective way, ‘No, he pissed off and left me when I was a baby.’ I suddenly felt very nervous and strange. My father had left me when I was ten. And because of that, I had a huge chip on my shoulder. In those days, you never admitted you came from a broken home. You could never discuss it with anybody and people like me, who kept …

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