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2002-Oct-16: New Barry Miles Book

In the Sixties by Barry MilesIt appears that Sir Paul's biographer, Barry Miles, still has some McCartney stories to tell.  In an article about his new book, In the Sixties, today's London's Daily Telegraph reveals that back in 1965 when Mr. Miles opened his avant-garde book store/art gallery, Indica, Sir Paul not only helped to build the shelves and paint the walls of the shop.  He also holds the honor of being Indica's first paying customer.    At that time, Sir Paul had the reputation of being the cuddly, cheeky Beatle.  However, Mr. Miles does not remember him that way:
"When Paul came down to London he was the one who very much had his antennae out, as he put it.  The other Beatles all had their country houses and their chauffeurs. Paul was the only one who lived in London, and he was just sucking up everything like a sponge."
It was at Indica that John Lennon met Yoko Ono and although she claims that she had never heard of the Beatles before that night at Indica, Mr. Miles says it is not true:
"She knew exactly who they were. She'd already approached Paul for some John Cage manuscripts she wanted. He wouldn't give her anything, but suggested she go to John. But she told John she'd never heard of the Beatles and he believed her."
In the Sixties by Barry Miles was published by Jonathan Cape (ISBN: 0224062409).

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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