The Beatles’ diary -- February 1966

February 1966

Sometime during February (date unknown) John Dunbar got together with Barry Miles and Peter Asher and started up the Indica bookshop. This was situated at No.6 Mason’s Yard and stocked all kinds of weird hippy shit. The books were originally stored at Peter’s house in Wimpole Street – where Paul was living with Jane – so he took an avid interest. He even helped to paint the place. (This led to John Lennon popping round and buying Timothy Leary’s ‘The Psychedelic Experience’.) They originally had a small gallery in the basement as well where they put on avant-garde art shows, but when the hippies started flooding in they shifted it to a much larger premises at 102 Southampton Row. (And it was here that John met Yoko on the 9th November 1966.)

A critic in the paper stated: “One …

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Tuesday, 15th February

‘Nowhere Man’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Nowhere Man Peak position: Billboard – #3; Cashbox – #2; Record World – #1

Monday, 28th February

The Cavern Club’s manager, Ray McFall, filed for bankruptcy and a pack of fans barricaded themselves up inside. In the end he had to call the cops to get them out.


 
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