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    Popular Culture: Rock & Pop

    1 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 174

    John Lennon

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    John Lennon
    Two rare hand-written drafts of prose and poetry, 1964, written by John Lennon in blue ink on either side of a sheet of lined paper; the prose piece entitled SAD MICHAEL, twenty-two lines showing a deletion and some minor differences to the published version, 1p.; the poem, on the reverse, entitled The Moldy Moldy Man, eleven lines in three numbered verses, showing a couple of amendments and variations to the published version and two additional lines ending this draft which combined with the other variations suggest it is an early version of this poem: Everybody Hates Me/'Cos I'm A Moldy Myth
    All rights of reproduction reserved to the Estate of the late John Lennon

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    Both these poems were published in 1964 in Lennon's first volume of poetry, prose and drawings In His Own Write which met with huge critical and commercial success. The idea for the book had been that of his publisher's, Jonathan Cape, but Lennon had been writing his famous word-play since his schooldays and was thrilled with the success of his first book. He described how he devised his own idiosyncratic style of humour as a disguise: I used to hide my real emotions in gobbledegook..When I wrote teenage poems, I wrote in gobbledegook because I was always hiding my real emotions from Mimi. And when I was about fourteen they gave us this book in English literature - Chaucer and we all thought it was a gas. Whenever the teacher got that book out we would all collapse. After that I used to write something on the same lines myself. Just private stuff for myself and my friends to laugh at.. Other influences Lennon cited were Lewis Carroll, James Thurber and illustrator Ronald Searle. Lennon also described In His Own Write as being about nothing. If you like it, you like it; if you don't, you don't. There's nothing deep in it, it's just meant to be funny

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    BEATLES, The The Beatles Anthology, London: Casssell & Co. 2000 p.134