Zen and The Beatles' Revolver
especially after John Lennon's supposedy anti-religious statement which caused so much furor....after the furor died down you could interpret Lennon's quote as just a mild rebuke of organized religion. Their song Eleanor Rigby is a similar criticism. And since the Beatles are writing songs along that line, and since George Harrison is going to India to study music (which is intimately connected with Indian philosophy and religion), and since..."
~Tom Nolan, "The Frenzied Frontier of Pop Music,"
Los Angeles Times WEST magazine, Nov.1966.
"I Want To Tell You"- first off, dig the following quote from Brian's fave comedy album, How To Speak Hip;
'"...the Zen Buddhists have these koans, you know, they're riddles that you meditate on. And the whole purpose of the riddles is to hang you up, like, "We know the sound of two hands but what is the sound of one hand?" Now that's had Buddhist monks hung up for years."' ~John Brent as "Geets Romo"
Now consider the following George Harrison lyrics and how they might apply to the John Brent quote; "I want to tell you, I feel hung up and I don't know why. I don't mind, I could wait forever, I've got time."
"Whenever in doubt, turn off your mind, relax, float downstream."
~Timothy Leary, The Psychedelic Experience, (pg.14.)
"I think the Beatles will get into this, I think they'll pick up on it."
~Brian Wilson on his contribution to "the movement."
MOJO Special Limited Edition, Mar.2002:36.
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"The Beatles...now. The Beatles were hot enough not to be over-concerned about anybody else, but they did think the Beach Boys were good...in fact, they'd arrived at that conclusion long before I had."
"Out of the LSD madness (and there were few horrors) there came a few 'zaps'. It made me laugh. I'd never thought about, couldn't even say the word 'God'. It embarrassed me, but you know it was so strange, GOD, and it washed away all these fears and doubts and little things that hang you up....Since then it has been a matter of trying to hold on to that little shining light more and more and more until you become that. And it's hard. Sometimes you just want to yell about God because it's right there, but the moment you try and explain it, it's like rabbiting."~George Harrison, I Me Mine, (pgs. 44&45.)