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Stephen Kroninger
John Lennon Drawings 1964-65
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 I came late to the Beatles, at twelve years old, in 1969. They broke up within a year. The advantage to that was John Lennon having already written the bulk of what he called his "gobbledgook songs." Among them I AM THE WALRUS, a personal favorite when I was a kid, LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS, HEY BULLDOG and STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER. Songs rife with images that lit up my young boy's imagination. The drawings collected here were created as illustrations for poems and stories in Lennon's two books, IN HIS OWN WRITE (1964) and A SPANIARD IN THE WORKS (1965). I read somewhere a long time ago that he would write to alleviate the tedium of traveling while touring with the Beatles. Later I was to discover that he'd been deeply influenced by Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and The Goon Show. There may also be a bit of a James Thurber nod in some of the drawings but I have no idea if Lennon was familiar with his work. As Lennon himself said, "You see we're influenced by whatever's going." I can't begin to calculate the tremendous influence these books had on my developing brain back in my early double digits or even up to and including today.
All of these drawings and more were recently auctioned by Sotheby's where they brought in lots and lots of money.
Since Drawger is an illustration site I chose to leave off any captions or descriptive passages from the books. I believe the drawings stand well enough on their own. That said, if you're not familiar with the books, a Beatles fan was gracious enough to post a few Stories and Poems from IN HIS OWN WRITE including NO FLIES ON FRANK for which the drawing below illustrates.

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John Lennon performs "The Wrestling Dog" from IN HIS OWN WRITE
John Lennon reads from A SPANIARD IN THE WORKS



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