PAGE EIGHTEEN: MORE STORIES

In an interview in Der Spiegel magazine, Paul McCartney spoke of the time when he and John Lennon lived together before they met the other members of the Fab Four. He confessed he and John had trouble getting dates because they were immature and often drunk. Heinz read the interview in german and told me this story. A few days later he added another detail. Presumably, he needed some time to process this off the wall information. Paul and John stank. At that time, most males had no knowledge of how to perform household tasks. A few years after the stink/stank/stunk story, I watched an interview of Paul McCartney in which he said he could make his own dinner and do the washing up. Times have changed. These are life skills.

In a Rolling Stone interview, Keith Richards said, the first time rock and roll appeared on television it ceased to be rock and roll. Heinz enthusiastically agreed. Using a tool of the establishment while singing anti-establishment songs is out of sync. Heinz knew a rocker lived in a hole and sang in a hole. Perhaps he smelled.. Everything else he considered to be momentum and dismissed  as ridiculous. Heinz still enjoyed rock music. In agreeing with Keith Richard's statement, Heinz has lead us to another reason he declined the BBC assignment to make a doc of the Beatles in India (see also page 8, England).

When Heinz was attending music school, his class visited the studio of Paul Klee. He gave no details. Questionng him was not successful. The learning experience of the young boy was what he carried with him. A time and place when a child was introduced to another part of the art world. Heinz did say he had liked Paul Klee very much. As the years passed and Paul Klee's career unfolded, Heinz realized he liked the artist more than his art.

When I finished reading a book Heinz would enjoy, I told him the story. Both of us had alot of fun. Stephen Fry's 'Moab is my Washpot' made Heinz laugh and applaud. "Bad boy Fry." was exclaimed. Of particular delight, Stephen Fry in jail teaching the man in the next cell how to read.

Leni R was a shrew to her crew. The next moment she would turn to Heinz and be sweet. "Does she think I'm blind?" he would ask his coworkers. She knew he was vulnerable and could be sexually controlled. The men kept him safe in a time when he could not do this for himself. Where can people be fragile and safe?

 

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