Lyrics of the famous Beatles’ song, “A Day in the Life,” written in the hand of John Lennon, brought $1.2 million at a Sotheby’s auction today, MSNBC is reporting.
The song appeared on the Beatles’ influential and critically acclaimed album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” recorded in 1967. Written with a black felt tip marker and a blue pen with additional annotations in red, the lyrics fill both sides of a double-sided sheet of paper; one side includes Lennon’s first draft, the other apparently his second with corrections including the controversial words, “I’d love to turn you on,” which resulted in a BBC ban of the song owing to the implied association with illegal drug use.
If you’re interested, Greensboro Public Library has plenty of books on the Beatles and John Lennon. Here are just a few of our most recent acquisitions: You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles after the Breakup by Peter Doggett (on order); The Cynical Idealist: A Spiritual Biography of John Lennon by Gary Tillery; John Lennon: The Life by Philip Norman; Life: Remembering John Lennon 25 Years Later by the editors of Life Magazine; John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth: A Photographic Biography by Elizabeth Partridge (juvenile); The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles, edited by Kenneth Womack; “We’re Going to See the Beatles!”: An Oral History of Beatlemania as Told by the Fans Who Were There by Garry Berman; Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Beatles, Beatlemania, and the Music that Changed the World by Bob Spitz; Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America by Jonathan Gould; Meet the Beatles: A Cultural History of the Band that Shook Youth, Gender, and the World by Steven D. Stark; Revolver: The Secret History of The Beatles by Geoffrey Giuliano; The Beatles: The Biography by Bob Spitz; and The Beatles Come to America by Martin Goldsmith.