My daughter takes a break from her speculative fiction to read my copy of Patti Boyd’s ‘Wonderful Tonight’.
I love her interest in things that I too am interested but I balked initially at this. My eleven year old is going to read about heroin addiction, infidelity and rock star wife swapping (Patti was married to George Harrison and then she was married to Eric Clapton).
So we talk about it as she moves through it.
On the walk to her bus stop, she told me that she feels sorry for George. That she would never have left George Harrison. I tell her:
“Wait till you start listening to Eric Clapton.”
I read a book about 1970 and James Taylor’s ‘Sweet Baby James’, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s ‘Deja Vu’, Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and The Beatles. Though ‘Get Back’ was the album out, they’d recorded it the year before. By 1970, they were in the messy throes of a divorce.
I always feel very down when I read about The Beatles breaking up. I was 5 at the time so it didn’t affect me back then.
Now, it’s the same when I read about JFK. Maybe this time he won’t get shot.
In my perfect world, The Beatles loved each other forever. Reality is just too discouraging.