John Lennon, who was the main writer of the song with McCartney as co-writer, said to Playboy in 1980 that it was about an affair he was having: “I always had some kind of affair going, so I was trying to be sophisticated in writing in such a smoke-screen way that you couldn't tell.” When asked about the title itself, he answered: “I don't know how the hell I got to 'Norwegian Wood'"
Sir Paul McCartney: “John told Playboy Magazine that he hadn't the faintest idea where the title came from but I do.
“Peter Asher (of Peter and Gordon, brother of Jane Asher and roommate of McCartney in their house) had his room done out in a wood, a lot of people were then decorating their places in wood, Norwegian wood.
“It was pine really, cheap pine. But it's not as good a title, “Cheap Pine, Baby"…
“So she makes him sleep in the bath and then finally in the last verse I had this idea to set the Norwegian wood as revenge, so we did it very tongue in cheek. “She led him on, then said, 'You better sleep in the bath'.
“In our world, the guy had to have some sort of revenge. It could have meant I lit a fire to keep myself warm, and wasn't the decor of her house wonderful? “But it didn't, it meant I burned the fucking place down as an act of revenge, and then we left it from there and went into the instrumental.” Thank you.
(Source of McCartney's quote: Many Years From Now, Barry Miles)
For the latest episode of their "Inside The Studio" podcast, host Joe Levy and the iHeartMedia team made a very special trip to meet with Paul McCartney in Winnipeg surrounding a show on his current tour in support of his chart-topping Egypt Station album.
Paul McCartney telling stories about John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, sharing secrets from the Beatles in the studio, on living a normal life while being one of the most famous people in the world and more is every bit the magic you would expect.
This is Paul McCartney on "Get Back," on "Penny Lane," on Sgt. Peppers, on "Blackbird." Just enjoy.
Paul McCartney: I think everyone, like me, who believes in climate change, and that's a lot of people, we're looking at these climate accords and these meetings, there was one in Japan, there was one in Copenhagen, and as these came up we'd all be looking at it and going, "Oh, this will be the one. We're going to do something about it.
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A pair of artists visiting Chicago for a month to paint messages of love on buildings didn’t plan to paint John Lennon’s face and the lyrics to his “Imagine” on a garage in Bucktown.
It just felt right.
“We like to freestyle. We paint concepts based on the cultural background of the area we are painting. We like to paint murals for the community,” said Resa Piece.
Piece, a street art muralist and her boyfriend, a graffiti writer who goes by the name Menace Two, are based in Queens, New York.
The inseparable couple — who say they’ve not spent more than 24 hours apart since they began dating a little over a year ago — started their cross-country road trip in September in Philadelphia and arrived in Chicago on Oct. 1.
Their goal is to paint murals that express the concept of love and kindness in various cities, according to Piece.
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There are several “definitive” biographies of John Lennon, and even more tomes claiming to provide the ultimate lowdown on the Beatles’ well-documented career. The first volume of Mark Lewisohn’s projected trilogy on the Fabs alone runs to more than 900 pages. In addition come scores of memoirs by friends, associates and exes, and explorations of every episode and facet you care to name – the Beatles and religion, when the Beatles met Elvis, the FBI and John Lennon – and even the odd critique of their music. What’s left to add? A veteran journalist and screenwriter (That’ll Be the Day, Stardust), Ray Connolly lays no claim to fresh revelations about the life of the group’s self-styled leader, instead offering insights into Lennon’s complex, contradictory character. He’s well qualified, having struck up a camaraderie with Lennon over the late 1960s/early 70s; a major regret is not announcing the Beatles’ imminent split after Lennon had tipped him off.
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Yoko Ono attempted to achieve a world record for the most number of humans forming a peace sign in New York’s Central Park last Tuesday morning. However, it's been reported that the effort has fallen flat. The event was organized to mark what would have been, her late husband and Beatles’ frontman John Lennon's 75th birthday on October 9th.
According to the World Record Academy, the largest peace sign ever recorded was a total of 5,814 people. It was created in 2009 at a festival in Ithaca, New York. That was realised by high school student and peace activist Trevor Dougherty. The previous record was 2,500.
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Oasis, Pink Floyd and Michael Jackson were also close contenders
The Beatles‘ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ has been named Britain’s favourite ever studio album, in a special countdown to mark National Album Day on October 13th.
The Fab Four’s eighth studio album was the only release from the 1960s to make the list, which was compiled by the Official Charts Company.
The albums were ranked using a combination of physical sales, downloads and streams in order to determine the British public’s definitive ‘favourite’.
‘Sgt. Peppers’ topped the chart with 5.34 million combined sales, edging out Adele‘s ’21’ which came second with 5.11 million, and Oasis‘ ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ with 4.94 million.
Also in the top 10 were Pink Floyd‘s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘Rumours’ and Amy Winehouse‘s ‘Back To Black’.
Source: Patrick Clarke/nme.com