Beatle Paul perfecting the song in the studio.

Note: The girl in the studio is Francie Schwartz…

I’ve been wondering who that woman was for the longest time! How have I never heard of her? And how long were they dating? Of course I don’t doubt that he was seeing her at the same time he was seeing Jane (just how many women did Paul have going, anyway?), but he also got together with Linda not long after Jane broke up with him.

Yeah, some sources list her name, some don’t, but he was with Francie from April ‘68 to about September ‘68. He had already courted Linda when he went to the states several months before he broke it off with “Franny”. Essentially, she was merely a fling, and nothing more. She wrote a book called “Body Count” that goes into detail her experiences with Paul and the other many men she’s been with. Goggle her name and you’ll find a interview here and there and some photos.

also, here’s a funny little girly website called “It’s Only Love: Beatles Girls Site”, most of the Beatles women are listed within. I particularly liked the Thelma Pickles entry, as I didn’t know about her until 2 years ago.



Guided By Voices
“I Am A Scientist”

Bob Pollard sums himself up rather well in this song: “I am a lost soul / I shoot myself with rock and roll / the hole I dig is bottomless / but nothing else can set me free.” The beauty of this footage is that it connects with that thought, and the feeling that you’ve got no choice but to pour yourself into this one thing that you love, because there’s just nothing else in the world for you. That love for rock music and all that it means is so pure, so earnest, in part because it’s so tangled up in that hopelessness and loneliness.

Guided By Voices is just one of those bands that you almost feel blessed to have gotten into and to love. Alien Lanes, especially, is such an incredible practically flawless album to me. And the funny part is I haven’t listened to enough GBV as I should have by now, but that album just destroys me. It makes me realize just how fucking amazing and beautiful a little creativity and simple joy can create something special. Something so long lasting. Gonna listen to it right now.