The Beatles’ diary -- March 1966

March 1966

Sometime in March (date unknown) John found a copy of Timothy Leary’s ‘The Psychedelic Experience’ at the Indica book shop, and set about following it’s instructions. It was basically a rough-guide on taking tabs. It suggested reciting some passages from the ‘Tibetan Book Of The Dead’ onto a tape and play them back whilst tripping. This he did – and went away and wrote ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’.

Tuesday, 1st March

The BBC showed an edited version of the Shea Stadium concert on TV. Because of the poor quality of the source tape, all of the songs had to be over-dubbed.

Friday, 4th March

‘Yesterday’ EP – front cover ReleasedUK EP. Yesterday Peak position: Record Retailer – #1

John’s famous “We’re more popular than Jesus” comment was published in the ‘Evening Standard’. Maureen Cleave quoted him as saying: “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright but his disciples were thick and ordinary.” No one batted an eyelid in Britain but the straight-laced Americans seized on it for a bit of Beatle bashing.

Thursday, 24th March

Paul and George attended the London premiere of ‘Alfie’, starring Michael Caine and Jane Asher.

Friday, 25th March

The famous Butcher cover photo shoot down the old King’s Road, when photographer Bob Whitaker scattered some broken doll’s heads, arms and legs around the floor and fired off a few reels of film.


 
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