The Beatles (Beatles): 10 stories about the cult group that few people know

Don't let the catchy pop chords fool you. In the lyrics of many of The Beatles' songs, they went to really dark places... But it's not just about them!

Interesting stories from the life of The Beatles and band members

The Beatles are a cult rock band from Liverpool, the legends about which do not cease to compose to this day! Sometimes the stories that surround this great four cross all boundaries ... Encounters with aliens, McCartney's substitution, satanic curses ... All this simply does not fit in my head! Especially when you consider the fact that we are not talking about Black Sabbath or Deep Purple... However, all these stories have a right to exist. Let's recall the most interesting and rare (that is, those that few people know about) of them ...

John Lennon May Have Been Victim of Rosemary's Baby Curse

Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological thriller film by Roman Polanski that catapulted to stardom with its horror movie classic... The Manson family murders were committed in a house rented by the controversial director. And Sharon Tate, one of the victims and Polanski's wife, was nine months pregnant when she was murdered... It feels like her husband's recent film has cast a curse that has ruined the lives of many people not even connected to the film...

Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate
Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate

John Lennon was friends with both Polanski and Mia Farrow, the star of the film. And she and Yoko Ono lived for many years at the Dakota Hotel, where Rosemary's Baby was filmed (although it was called Bramford in the movie). The gothic building, built in the 1880s, was perfect for the brooding, oppressive and sinister mood of the film about Satanists. And the film's fictional evil seems to be reflected in reality. The Dakota Hotel is also where John Lennon was left behind by Mark Chapman in 1980. Chapman, of course, wasn't "inspired" by the movie (the perpetrator was led by the novel The Catcher in the Rye), but it may have been the evil curse of the movie that prompted him to kill Lennon at that particular location...

"White Album" inspired Charles Manson to misdeeds

The friendship between John Lennon and Roman Polanski was not the only connection between the Beatles and Charles Manson, an American criminal whose brutal murderous gang murdered the filmmaker's pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate. It's hard to believe, but the music of the Beatles, namely their White Album, was a complex part of Manson's unusual theology: he saw the Liverpool as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. So... The Beatles inspired not only good things, but also bad deeds...

"Sergeant Pepper" was inspired by Aleister Crowley

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Beatles album)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Beatles album)

For decades, there have been rumors that "Sergeant Pepper" was inspired by Aleister Crowley - the so-called "the most evil man in the world." The Beatles showed Crowley's face among the famous people they admired on the cover of the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (the black mage is in the upper left corner in the back row, next to Mae West). The album itself was released 20 years after Crowley's death... Thus, the Beatles open the album with the words: "It was 20 years ago, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play..." In fact, the Beatles declare their allegiance to Crowley's occult and spiritual teachings.

John Lennon himself largely acknowledged this in one of his last interviews:

“The whole idea of The Beatles was to do what you want, right? To take responsibility, do what you want and try not to hurt other people, right? Do whatever you want, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone..."

Aleister Crowley
Aleister Crowley


"Do what you like is the whole Law," Crowley taught.

'Evil Dentist' Tricked The Beatles into Tasting Acid

The Beatles had less luck with the dentist... They had a real maniac, according to this story! John Riley was apparently the type of guy who put acid in his guests' coffee after dinner - without telling them. George Harrison once called him the "Evil Dentist" and it's not hard to see why.

Rumor has it that Paul McCartney has been replaced by a body double

Paul McCartney plays the sitar
Paul McCartney plays the sitar

Many fans speculate that John Lennon said "I buried Paul" at the end of "Strawberry Fields Forever" for a reason. However, Lennon claimed that the words were actually "cranberry sauce". Rumors have persisted for decades that Paul McCartney died in a car accident in 1966 and was replaced by a doppelgänger named William Campbell, an orphan who recently won a McCartney look-alike contest in Edinburgh. And allegedly, the Beatles began to throw subtle hints of truth in their music and album artwork in order to gradually bring this news to true fans. So, for example, speaking about the Abbey Road album: John Lennon leads the band in all white, like a priest, while Paul is completely barefoot and ... in a suit. Ringo is dressed in a black, mournful suit, while George Harrison looks more like an undertaker.

The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)
The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)

At the same time, Paul holds a cigarette in his right hand, although he is left-handed ... And in the song "Revolution 9" from the White Album, there is supposedly a disguised message that says: "Turn me on, dead man."

The Beatles could attend illegal parties

Jimmy Savile, former host of longtime Top of the Pops, was also one of the UK's most prolific pedophiles. According to an NHS investigation, Savile harmed at least 500 children... Back in the early 60s, he frequented a brothel with an unnamed "pop group" who were also suspected of abusing young girls... No pop group mentioned in police reports , but some have suggested that the Beatles are to blame. In the Beatles' defense, the evidence against them is circumstantial at best, and they were little more than teenagers themselves at the time. For his part, Paul McCartney says that he and the other Beatles have always considered Savile "a bit suspicious" because of his strange behavior. But McCartney also adds:

“It was a much more open scene… Free love and the pill just came out… So it was a completely different scene. The other aspect, of course, is that we were girls' age, everyone was young. So, if you are now talking about a 17-18 year old boy with a 15 year old girl, we all knew it was illegal. We knew it and we said "NO". But the closer we were in age, the less it seemed to matter ... "

McCartney insists they were as careful as possible to avoid inappropriate contact with underage girls, but questionable rumors still persist.

John Lennon was chased by number nine

John Lennon
John Lennon

The number nine fascinated and frightened John Lennon. It constantly appeared in his life during significant events, and he, in turn, used it to write numerous songs. According to numerology, "Nines can be self-centered, arrogant, self-pitying, sentimental, unhappy, fickle, cold, or mentally unstable." Seriously though, the number of random 9s in John Lennon's life is truly staggering, enough to make even someone who understands calculus take another look at numerology.

John Lennon was cruel to others

John Lennon liked to talk publicly about peace and love, but behind closed doors he was said to have physically and emotionally harmed his family... In later years, Lennon admitted a lot about himself, claiming that it was for this reason that he became so fascinated with the concepts of peace and universal brotherhood. These were things he aspired to, not what he claimed to be an incarnation.

Here are some of the things that John Lennon did because of his fiery temper (It is possible that this is a lie. All the facts were given by various sources):

He physically harmed and emotionally manipulated his first wife Cynthia and their son Julian.
He caused serious physical harm to his son Sean: he damaged the boy's hearing.

John Lennon had two encounters with aliens

On two separate occasions, John Lennon claimed to have encountered aliens. The first occurred on August 23, 1974. One night, John woke up completely sober, feeling the need to go to the window of his apartment. There he saw a flying saucer hovering "no more than 100 feet" away from him. Pictures were taken, but there was nothing on them ... It seems that this flight was not enough for the aliens, because after a while they came to see John in person.

Lennon claimed that he was visited by sinister aliens one night in New York. During the night, John was awakened by a "flaming light" at his bedroom door, and when he went to open it, he found four small aliens waiting for him. He tried to drive them away, but they blocked him with their minds and stunned him.

John Lennon
John Lennon

The next thing John remembered was that he had woken up next to Youko with a strange egg-shaped object in his hands... Obviously some sort of gift from the aliens. He carried this strange object in his pockets for several months, after which he gave the egg to his friend Geller. By the way: it was Uri Geller who told the media this story, which he, quite possibly, could have invented.

The Beatles wrote some very dark songs

The Beatles
The Beatles

Don't let the catchy pop chords fool you. In the lyrics of many of The Beatles' songs, they went to really dark places... Basically, these places involve murder and aggression towards women, even with one hint of bestiality. It seems that these themes mostly came from John Lennon, who was not the peace-loving hippie that he was made out to be. Consider, for example, the lines from "Getting Better":

"I used to be hard on my woman
I beat her up and kept her away from the things she loved
Man I was evil but I'm changing my scene
And I do my best…”

But it gets even worse when you remember "Maxwell's Silver Hammer": the whole song is a tribute to the killer who beats people in the skulls with his hammer. And, unlike "Getting Better", there's no hint of remorse here:

"Bang-bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
Hit her right on the head
Bang bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
Convinced that she was dead ... "

No less gloomy lyrics for "Dig a Pony" and "Run for your life". And that's all!


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