BEATLES: Pot, a Pal, a Play and a Petition
We've got a roundup of three Beatles-related items today, all reported on by Examiner.com:
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are both quoted on the website of an organization advocating reform of laws restricting marijuana. On MarijuanaMajority.com, Sir Paul states, “I support decriminalization. People are smoking pot anyway and to make them into criminals is wrong. It's when you're in jail you really become a criminal.” While Ringo calls government campaigns against pot “an absolute waste of resources, the way they're going about it. You go to clubs, everybody's taking stuff, that's how it is. Most lawyers have inhaled, they've had a joint... Then they carry on with their lives.”
Lyrics written by Stu Sutcliffe may soon be added onto an already-completed song. British musician Dean Johnson says the lyrics to "Sheila" refer to a girl mentioned in a letter written by Sutcliffe in 1959. And he's intrigued by the idea that the real-life Sheila might still be alive. Sutcliffe is portrayed in Backbeat the Musical, an adaption of the 1994 movie about the Beatles' days in Hamburg, now playing in Los Angeles. Ironically, a niece of another ex-Beatle Pete Best, is in the show's cast.
Did you ever sign a petition in 1964 trying to prevent the federal government from banning The Beatles from the U.S.? Letters sent by fans to Labor Secretary Willard Wirtz were recently referred to in a newsletter by the federal agency.