Monday 5 July 2010
We're going north of the border to hook up with my cousin and his family. Ray lives in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, but has won a holiday at some swanky place in Perthshire; so we'll be drinking pints of heavy and feasting on haggis for a few days.*
When we get up there I'll be telling him about David Bailey's latest exhibition; Ray's a huge Beatles fan (probably why he's always been my favourite cousin**) and, amongst Bailey's many contact sheets of The Stones, Michael Caine, The Kray twins et al, are the iconic snaps he took of Lennon & McCartney looking, for the most part, happy in each other's company. Bailey nailed them that day. Of the shoot he said: 'They were culturally so different. Paul was a nice guy, John was an a***hole and I like the a***holes.'
It runs from July 7 to August 13 at Hamiltons Gallery W1. See you there.
John Lennon Interview
* With apologies to any Scottish readers. Well at least I didn't mention deep fried Mars Bars.
** What I like to do he doesn't? No, you're confusing him with my perfect cousin.