Oh I believe in yesterday… Happy Birthday Paul!

“I introduced Yoko to John through my own interest in the avant-garde. John wasn’t avant-garde till later. Then John became wildly avant-garde because he was so fucking constricted living out in Weybridge. He’d come into London and say, ‘What’ve you been doing, man?’ and I’d say, ‘What’ve you been doing?’ ‘Well, watching telly, smoking pot.’ ‘I went out last night and saw Luciano Berio at the Italian Embassy, that was quite cool. I’ve got this new Stockhausen record, check this out. We went down Robert [Fraser]’s, got this sculpture, it was great, dig this. Wow, Paolozzi, great …’ I think John actually said, ‘I’m fucking jealous of you, man’ – he just needed to get out of Weybridge. It wasn’t his wife’s fault, she just didn’t understand how free he needed to be.
Yoko showed up at my house and said, ‘Have you got any original manuscripts?’ She was doing a thing for John Cage in New York. So I was interested. I knew of him through [Barry] Miles and various other people like [John] Dunbar. I didn’t want to give her one, because I keep them, and in the end I wasn’t really too forthcoming – I just didn’t want to give her one, quite simple. So I said, ‘I’ve got this friend, who might be able to interest you.’ Maybe if I hadn’t done that there might not have been this sort of huge period for them… who knows? So then she went round to John. I think that was before the meeting in Indica which is the great story. I’m not sure, it might have been there she said, ‘You’re the guy Paul told me to come and see …’ I’m not sure. I certainly do know that I met her before John as part of my interests.”

— Paul McCartney to Jonathon Green, Days in the Life (1988)

Yoko Ono (June 4, 1968 tape diary): “Paul has been very nice to me. He’s treating me with respect. I feel like he’s my younger brother or something like that. I’m sure that if he had been a woman or something, he would have been a great friend, because there’s something definitely very strong between John and Paul.”

 

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