“Initially, Page had difficulty finding other musicians with whom he could play on a regular basis. “It wasn’t as though there was an abundance. I used to play in many groups … anyone who could get a gig together, really.” Following stints backing recitals by Beat poet Royston Ellis at the Mermaid Theatre between 1960–61,
Royston Ellis (born 10 February 1941, Pinner, England) is a British writer heavily influenced by the American Beat Generation
“According to Lennon in the International Times: “The first dope, from a Benzedrine inhaler, was given to the Beatles (John, George, Paul and Stuart) by an English cover version of Allen Ginsberg — one Royston Ellis, known as ‘beat poet’ … So, give the saint his due.”
Ellis is one of the people the song “Paperback Writer” was based on, quoting a comment he had made years earlier while in Liverpool, and was also present at a liaison between Lennon and “Polythene Pam” in Guernsey in 1963.
In 1980, John Lennon said the following:
That was me, remembering a little event with a woman in Jersey, and a man who was England’s answer to Allen Ginsberg…I met him when we were on tour and he took me back to his apartment and I had a girl and he had one he wanted me to meet. He said she dressed up in polythene, which she did. She didn’t wear jack boots and kilts, I just sort of elaborated. Perverted sex in a polythene bag. Just looking for something to write about.”
Back to Page:
“Following stints backing recitals by Beat poet Royston Ellis at the Mermaid Theatre between 1960–61, and singer Red E. Lewis, he was asked by singer Neil Christian to join his band, The Crusaders, after Christian had seen a fifteen-year-old Page playing in a local hall. Page toured with Christian for approximately two years and later played on several of his records, including the 1962 single, “The Road to Love”
From Neil Christian’s Wikipedia:
“The Road to Love” / “The Big Beat Drum”, released on Columbia and produced by Joe Meek under his RGM Sound imprint.
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