Never before seen pictures documenting John Lennon’s last ever visit to his native Liverpool have been sent to the compilers of the book “The Beatles and Me” and will be added to the next online edition, author Dean Johnson, a Liverpool musician and one of the compilers told Beatles Examiner in an exclusive interview Aug. 14.
The eight pictures, which you can see in the slideshow on this page, show John Lennon and Yoko Ono visiting Lennon's Aunt Harriet at 137 Gateacre Park Drive. Also seen in the pictures is John's son, Julian Lennon, and Yoko's daughter, Kyoko. No year is indicated, but from the look of the pictures, they appear to be from around 1969.
“These are very important pictures as they show the most iconic son of Liverpool returning for the last time,” Johnson said. “They are previously unseen by the general public, and must be recorded as soon as possible. If our book can help this process, then I am proud to help.”
Johnson recently announced the discovery of another unseen early picture of Lennon, actually a portrait dating from around 1963, which you also can see in the slide show.
“The candid photograph shows Lennon very much at ease with the photographer in a domestic setting. Beatle experts believe the snap originates from around 1963, just prior to the Beatles’ global fame,” Johnson says. “John knows the person who took this picture very well and seems to trust them. His usual sardonic side is not present at all. I would like to think it is one of his last visits to his childhood home.”
“The Beatles and Me,” which we reviewed here, is a fan-made book with unique stories of encouters with the group. It has uncovered serveral historical Beatles items, including a bill from a 1962 gig and previously unseen photos of Paul and Linda McCartney from the “Venus and Mars” period. The book is available from its website or on Kindle.
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