errata

The following corrections have been submitted to the publisher’s production office for all future editions:

PAGE #/ original, followed by CORRECT TO READ: 

5 – LAST SENTENCE:

Often mistaken for London Cockney, a garden-variety low-class accent, Scouse…

CORRECT TO READ:

Often mistaken (by Americans) for one of its London cousins, Cockney, Scouse…


14 – END OF GRAPH 3: even inventing a pidgin language called “Parole,” a witty offshoot of Scouser slang.

CORRECT TO READ: even inventing a pidgin language called “Paroli,” a witty offshoot of Scouser slang.


46 – 2ND GRAPH: (pianist Lonnie Johnson, for whom…
CORRECT TO READ: (guitarist Lonnie Johnson, for whom…

74 – FINAL GRAPH: Sutcliffe took the bus in from Huyton, across the Mersey from Liverpool, a neighborhood regarded by most Liverpudlians as the “tony” side of town.

CORRECT TO READ: Sutcliffe took the bus in from Huyton, another Liverpool suburb further out from Woolton, bordering the Borough of Knowsley.


75-6 – FINAL SENTENCE: “I could tell the distinctions between a Bevanite and a Gaitskellite [Scottish accents] as easily as the distinction between an Elvis or a Cliff Richard fan.”20

CORRECT TO READ: “I could tell the distinctions between a Bevanite and a Gaitskellite [Labour party factions] as easily as the distinction between an Elvis or a Cliff Richard fan.”20

91 CHANGE: With the other pressing him, Sutcliffe went to Hessy’s on Whitechapel and purchased a Hofner bass guitar — the hollow-bodied, violin-shaped brand McCartney would make famous.

CORRECT TO READ: With the other pressing him, Sutcliffe went to Hessy’s on Whitechapel and purchased a Hofner 333 bass guitar — not the 500/1 “violin” model McCartney would make famous.

137 change “teenage cruisers” to “teenage cruises”

179 CHANGE: (then as now, certain recording mics were ‘bidirectional,’ or two-sided, in that they responded better to a sidelong angle than to a direct frontal attack).

CORRECT TO READ: (then as now, certain recording mics were ‘bidirectional,’ or two-sided, and required sensitivity from vocalists on the best mode of attack).

183 CHANGE: Even Best’s suicide attempt in 1965 gets overshadowed by Rory Storm’s double suicide with his mother that same year [not 1965, but 1972; suicide(s) unconfirmed]

CORRECT TO READ: Even Best’s suicide attempt in 1965 gets overshadowed by Rory Storm’s mysterious death next to his mother’s suicide in 1972…

199 CHANGE: the old guard’s prim and dignified Queen Elizabeth II.
CORRECT TO READ: the old guard’s prim and dignified Queen Mother.

203 CHANGE: Lester’s film took place in a television studio
CORRECT TO READ: Lester’s film took place in a radio studio

225 CHANGE: ‘There, that’s it I’ve had enough…
CORRECT TO READ:’There, that’s it. Get them off…”

CHANGE: Oh, yes!’ Morecambe responded, ‘one that my [het says: their] dad will remember,’ adding, to Lennon, ‘. . . that I used to do with your dad.

CORRECT TO READ: Oh, yes!’ Morecambe responded, ‘one that their dad will remember,’ adding, to Lennon, ‘. . . that I used to do with your dad.

334 CHANGE: …Robert Fraser at the home of Keith Richards — Redlands in Sussex — in February.

CORRECT TO READ: …Robert Fraser at the home of Keith Richards — Redlands in Richmond — in February.

337 – LAST GRAPH: In the middle of “Penny Lane,” the Beatles taped a wildly improbable jam with avant-garde atmospherics, and submitted the tape to the Carnival of Light Rave, scheduled for the Roundhouse in Kilburn on successive Saturday evenings, January 28 and February 4.

CORRECT TO READ: …the Carnival of Light Rave, scheduled for the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm on successive Saturday evenings, January 28 and February 4.


444 – SECOND GRAPH: Peter Brown, under Lennon’s directive to find the most amenable spot, discovered they could get married on the British-governed island of Gibraltar off Spain.

CORRECT TO READ: …in British-governed Gibraltar, just off Spain.

524 – THIRD GRAPH: The young country, which broke off from India and fought a civil war in 1970…

CORRECT TO READ: The young country, which broke from Pakistan and fought a civil war in 1970…

–MORE CHANGES ADDED TO BRITISH PAPERBACK EDITION–

PAGE / original / correction
10
“relinquished their Toxteth home for a more modest apartment at 9 Newcastle Road” and on page 12 “the family apartment on Newcastle Road” and “alone in the Newcastle Road apartment.”
CHANGE TO READ:
“relinquished their Toxteth home for a two-story terraced house at 9 Newcastle Road”
12
“the family apartment on Newcastle Road”
CHANGE TO READ:
“the family house on Newcastle Road”
“alone in the Newcastle Road apartment.”
CHANGE TO READ:
“alone in the Newcastle Road structure.”
15
“He finally found his way home to Liverpool on a ship called the Monarch of Bermuda, which docked as the war was winding down in mid-1945.”
CHANGE TO READ:
Bermuda, which returned from a long voyage in November 1944.”
16
“She gave birth to a little girl on June 19, 1944, less than two weeks after D-Day, named her Victoria Elizabeth…
CHANGE TO READ:
“She gave birth to a little girl on June 19, 1945, weeks after Victory in Europe Day, named her Victoria Elizabeth…
P 19
Although past its prime in 1946, Blackpool still had carnival rides, games to play, donkeys to ride, games to play, and prizes to win.
CHANGE TO READ:
During that summer of 1946, Blackpool wowed children like John through carnival rides, games to play, animals and prizes.
26
“Menlove Avenue branched off a main avenue, Ullet Road, after Penny Lane….”
CHANGE TO READ:
“‘Menlove Avenue branched off Smithdown Road, soon after Penny Lane…”
30
“In the fall of 1946, Mimi enrolled John in the Dovedale Primary School in Allerton.”
CHANGE TO READ:
“In the spring of 1946, Mimi enrolled in Dovedale Primary School in Mossley Hill.”
30
“Lennon took a three-mile bus ride down the main Menlove thoroughfare with a change at Penny Lane…”
CHANGE TO READ:
“Lennon took a three-mile tram ride down Menlove Avenue and then walked from Penny Lane…'”
“or walked through the vast stretch of Calderstones Park…”
CHANGE TO READ:
“or walked the whole way instead of taking the tram…”
30
“The headmaster there, a man named Bond, told Mimi…”
CHANGE TO READ:
“A junior school teacher named Fred Bolt later told Mimi …”
31
“At the end of Lennon’s first year at Dovedale, Fred Bolt, one of his teachers, took several students for a brief summer jaunt to the Isle of Man…”
CHANGE TO READ:
“At the age of ten in his next-to last year at Dovedale, 1951, Bolt took several students for a brief summer jaunt to the Isle of Man…”
31
“At Dovedale, John became fast friends with Pete Shotton, a tow-headed boy whose family also lived on Vale Road and attended St. Peter’s. Everyone who knew them at Dovedale remembers them as inseparable. “
CHANGE TO READ:
“At St. Peter’s, John became fast friends with Pete Shotton, a tow-headed boy whose family also lived on Vale Road behind Mendips. Everyone in the neighborhood remembers these two as inseparable.”
32

One day after science lab, when John had ribbed Shotton mercilessly in front of others,

CHANGE TO READ:
At one point later on, when John had ribbed Shotton mercilessly in front of others,
P 34
STOP PRESS: DAVID NIXON IS GETTING A TONY CURTIS, reads another, referring to a then-famous children’s TV magician getting either a haircut or a movie career.
CHANGE TO READ:
STOP PRESS: DAVID NIXON IS GETTING A TONY CURTIS, reads another, referring to a then-famous bald magician from children’s television getting a movie-star hairdo.
P 36
The “Teddies” fused their own cultural heritage with the American Beats.
CHANGE TO READ:
The “Teddies” drew on Edwardian garb to anticipate the American Beats.
38
‘William Ernest Pobjoy, who took over in Lennon’s second year…’
CHANGE TO READ:
‘William Ernest Pobjoy, who took over in Lennon’s final year…’
40
“an annual fair at St Peter’s where the Quarry Bank boys were operating booths.”
CHANGE TO READ:
“an annual Quarry Bank fundraising fair where the boys were operating booths.”
P 43
The underfunded, state-run British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
CHANGE TO READ:
The publicly endowed British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
50
his classmate Don Beatty’s sharing…’
CHANGE TO READ:
his classmate Don Beattie’s sharing…’
54
‘whenever one of the group acquired a new 45…’
CHANGE TO READ:
‘whenever one of the group acquired a new 78…’
54
‘Hill himself was late to the rock trend…’
CHANGE TO READ:
‘Hill fancied himself a rock fan already…’
‘Sutcliffe took the bus in from Huyton, across the Mersey from Liverpool, a neighbourhood regarded by most Liverpudlians as the “tony” side of town.’
CHANGE TO READ:
‘Sutcliffe took the bus in from Huyton, another northeastern suburb of Liverpool beyond Childwall, where his family lived in public housing.’
75
‘and moved them into public housing on Sedbergh Drive, Huyton…’
CHANGE TO READ:
‘and moved them into public housing on Sedbergh Grove, Huyton…’
87
‘Powell commuted into Liverpool from the suburb of Huyton on the peninsula across the Mersey, where Sutcliffe had grown up.’
CHANGE TO READ:
‘Powell commuted into Liverpool from the suburb of Hoylake on the peninsula across the Mersey, known as a “tony” side of town.’
88
‘saying she had a boyfriend in Huyton.’
CHANGE TO READ:
‘saying she had a boyfriend in Hoylake.’
90
‘hailed from a snob town like Woolton…’
CHANGE TO READ:
‘hailed from a stuffy place like Woolton…’
P 127
“…an hour on Britain’s winding, two-lane motorways.”
CHANGE TO READ:
“…an hour on Britain’s winding, two-lane main roads.”
135
‘in his front room at Allerton Road..’
CHANGE TO READ:
‘in his front room at Forthlin Street…’
P 136
The band’s repertoire stretched all the way back to Arthur Smith’s Guitar Boogie, the 1946 number….
CHANGE TO READ:
The band’s repertoire stretched beyond even Arthur Smith’s Guitar Boogie, the 1946 number….
137

‘and the White Grapes pub…’

CHANGE TO READ:
‘and their regular Grapes pub…’
162
‘at the Night Tower Ballroom in New Brighton…’
CHANGE TO READ:
‘at the large Tower Ballroom in New Brighton…’
P 169
Previous decades saw giant composers and conductors like Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Malcolm Sargent, and Sir Thomas Beecham stroll down from their stately homes in lush Westminster to record with
CHANGE TO READ
Previous decades saw giants like Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Malcolm Sargent, and Sir Thomas Beecham, and musicians like Arthur Rubinstein and Glenn Miller,  stroll into the studio to record with
P 172
When Martin signed the Vipers in early 1956, he took a pass on their lead singer Tommy Steele, who jumped to Decca and became a rock idol. While he probably regretted letting Steele slip by, Martin squeezed hits from his band. Unlike Rowe and all the others, Martin could tell the difference between a lead singer and backup band. (Martin’s decision regarding the Beatles in this matter would be finely nuanced.)
CHANGE TO READ:
When Martin signed the Vipers in early 1956, he missed the chance to also sign their 2i’s club friend, Tommy Steele, who jumped to Decca and became a rock idol. While he probably regretted letting Steele slip by, Martin still pumped out Viper hits. Unlike Rowe and all the others, he seemed drawn more to groups than lead singers. (Martin’s decisions regarding lead/ensemble balance within the Beatles would be finely nuanced.)
P 173
Like most EMI producers, Martin’s formal office was at EMI headquarters across town in Manchester Square, where the Beatles posed for their first album cover.
CHANGE TO READ:
Like most EMI producers, Martin’s formal office was at EMI headquarters in nearby Manchester Square, where the Beatles posed for their first album cover.
+++
First photo section, 3rd page, Pete Shotton and Eric Griffiths are wrongly identified. Shotton is on the left and Griffiths is next.
CHANGE TO READ: From left to right: Pete Shotton, Eric Griffiths, Len Garry (standing),…
+++
P 196
‘London had spent the early stretch of Macmillan’s term consumed by the Lady Chatterly’s Lover obscenity trial.’
CHANGE TO READ:
‘London had spent the second half of Macmillan’s term consumed by the Lady Chatterly’s Lover obscenity trial.’
P 221 ‘queen’ should be ‘Queen’ as it’s a title
P 223 ‘queen mother’ should be Queen Mother
P 285
This new cult of British youth paraded through new magazines like Queen and Petticoat, expressing pleasure…
CHANGE TO READ:
This new cult of British youth paraded through flashy magazines like Queen and Petticoat, expressing pleasure…
P 286
Radio Caroline, Swinging Radio England, and Wonderful Radio London.
CHANGE TO READ:
Radio Caroline, Swinging Radio England, and Radio London, “The Big L.”
P 286
In July 1966, Britain even won the World Cup.
CHANGE TO READ:
In July 1966, England even won FIFA’s World Cup.
P 309
on location in Chiswick Gardens on May 20.
 CHANGE TO READ:
on location in Chiswick House Gardens on May 20.
P 321
Then he hitched around France in disguise.
CHANGE TO READ:
Then he drove around France in disguise.
P 323
Returning to his regular haunts, he poked by the Indica bookshop and gallery, where John Dunbar…
CHANGE TO READ:
Returning to his regular haunts, he poked into the relocated Indica gallery, where John Dunbar…
P 324
The Indica bookstore had expanded into the space next door for a makeshift gallery, and they offered Ono an exhibition.
CHANGE TO READ:
The Indica bookstore had expanded into new space and sought to make an impact, and offered Ono a large solo exhibition.
326
At age four, he watched his mother, Julia, give away a daughter he would never know…
CHANGE TO READ:
As a boy, he may have watched his mother, Julia, give away a daughter he would never know…
P 334
At the home of Keith Richards – Redlands in Richmond — in February.
CHANGE TO READ:
At the home of Keith Richards – Redlands in Sussex — in February.
P 337
scheduled for The Roundhouse in Kilburn on successive
CHANGE TO READ:
scheduled for The Roundhouse in Camden on successive
P 339
a group of underground creatives who launched the alternative International Times newspaper with Barry Miles as editor, and the trendy UFO Club, held a…
CHANGE TO READ:
a group of underground creatives who launched the alternative International Times newspaper with Tom McGrath as editor, and the trendy UFO Club, held a…
P 341
Klaus Voormann, who had moved on from Paddy, Klaus and Kim.
CHANGE TO READ:
Klaus Voormann, who had moved on from Paddy, Klaus and Gibson.
 P 341
The bill described daring feats, complete with waltzing horses.
CHANGE TO READ:
The bill described daring feats, and a horse named Zanthus.
P 346
He and Lennon remembered the name and fashioned the song around her.
CHANGE TO READ:
He and Lennon fashioned the song around her without recognizing her name.
P 358
The chemicals Lennon had been sprinkling on his cereal for nigh on a year.
CHANGE TO READ:
The chemicals Lennon had been sprinkling on his cereal for over two years.
P 361
As they clambered aboard the train at Paddington Station,
CHANGE TO READ:
As they clambered aboard the train at Euston Station,
P 361
As the Beatles left for Bangor, Epstein planned a big party at his country house in Richmond while still…
CHANGE TO READ:
As the Beatles left for Bangor, Epstein planned a big party at his country house in Warbleton while still…
P 364
On his very first retreat, not only was Cynthia left behind at Paddington Station but news…
CHANGE TO READ:
On his very first retreat, not only was Cynthia left behind at Euston Station but news…
P 367
just didn’t translate well to Brits plunked down in the midlands for a mystery tour.
CHANGE TO READ:
just didn’t translate to Brits plunked down in Devon and Cornwall for a mystery tour.
P 368
The recently closed West Maling Air Station, near Maidstone in Kent,…
CHANGE TO READ:
The recently closed West Malling Airfield, near Maidstone in Kent,…
P 385
Shotton had invested some of Lennon’s money in a supermarket chain.
CHANGE TO READ:
Lennon had invested in Shotton’s Hayling Island supermarket.
P 394
The Indica bookstore looked to Ono to kick off its gallery opening (simply an extension of the bookstore) with some major artistic noise.
CHANGE TO READ:
The Indica bookstore looked to Ono to kick off its gallery opening in its new location with some major artistic noise — or press.
P 399
Montagu Street
CHANGE TO READ:
Montagu Square
P 426
Montagu Street
CHANGE TO READ:
Montagu Square
P 445
reporters like the BBC’s David Wigg as mere conduits for his mishmash of profundities and throwaways.
CHANGE TO READ:
reporters like the Daily Express’s David Wigg as mere conduits for his  mishmash pontifications.
P 459
Apple’s new Scottish signing, Badfinger, jumped on it as a potential hit.
CHANGE TO READ:
Apple’s new Welsh act, Badfinger, covered it as a defining breakthrough.
P 467
McCluhan
CHANGE TO READ:
McLuhan
P 490
Scouse
CHANGE TO READ:
British
P 490
off a hit record to Badfinger (“Come and Get It”), Apple’s Scottish proteges, and McCartney contained a potential
CHANGE TO READ:
off a hit record to Badfinger (“Come and Get It”), Apple’s in-house proteges, and McCartney contained a potential
P 518
the only Beatle with indoor plumbing.
CHANGE TO READ:
the only Beatle with an indoor toilet.
P 518
Ono phrase “Woman is the nigger of the world” for the first time.
CHANGE TO READ:
Ono phrase “Woman is the nigger of the world” in conversation.
P 598
McCartney tackles Presley only twice with Its Now or Never…and All Shook Up.’ He recorded That’s All Right (Mama) on the 1988 Russian album.
CHANGE TO READ:
McCartney tackles Presley three times, with “It’s Now or Never,” on  1988’s The Last Temptation of Elvis, “That’s All Right (Mama)” on the 1988 Russian covers album, and “All Shook Up” on Run Devil Run (1999).
P 601
He cowrote the number with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, working off a 1960 Soul Stirrers’ number, “Stand by Me Father,” making it one of Lennon’s few gospel-sourced tracks (his other gospel move sets the underrated “Woman Is the Nigger of the World” swaying).
CHANGE TO READ:
He cowrote the number with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, working off an old spiritual, “Lord, Stand by Me,” making it one of Lennon’s few gospel-sourced tracks (his other gospel move sets the underrated “Woman Is the Nigger of the World” swaying).
658
The payment of £13 7s. and 6d. was made by Norman James Birch and W.F. Williams, on August 20. Few who know the Lennons can figure out who these two men were. They may have been landlord partners for 1 Blomfield Road, Liverpool, Julia’s official address, or simply wards of the state looking after a legally unmarried traffic victim with little savings.
CHANGE TO READ:
The payment of £13 7s. and 6d. was made by Norman James Birch and W.F. Williams, on August 20. Birch was Judy’s brother-in-law, married to her sister Harriet, the couple who ultimately raised her two girls, Julia and Jackie. In IMAGINE THIS, Julia recounts a long horrific season of grief aggravated by her father Dykins’s meagre, unmarried legal claims.
AND CUT: (Was she simply friendly with the local mechanic?)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s