Rock historian R. Gary Patterson joined author Joseph Niezgoda to discuss hidden symbols in the Beatles and John Lennon’s recordings and album artwork which depict sorcery, mysticism, numerology, and theological writings. Niezgoda presented his thesis that Lennon had made a “pact” with the devil and sold his soul in order to achieve his fame and and success, and that his death had been foretold through their songs. For instance, in the Lennon song Help Me to Help Myself released after his death, he refers to an “angel of destruction.”
Patterson talked about the ‘Paul is Dead’ phenomenon in which clues were seemingly offered in the Beatles songs and artwork that McCartney had died. Such an idea bears similarity to the Lennon-Devil pact as being a fascinating possibility, though not necessarily a “probability,” he commented.
Niezgoda cited a photo from the Magical Mystery Tour album that showed Lennon in front of a sign which reads, THE BEST WAY TO GO IS BY M&DC. Niezgoda believes ‘MDC’ stands for Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered Lennon. He also alluded to Lennon’s various acts of “blasphemy,” relating them to the story of Faust. Bill Harry joined the conversation for a segment during the third hour, talking about his friendship with John Lennon, and haunted aspects of the city of Liverpool.
R. Gary Patterson is a native Tennessean with a passion for rock and roll. As a published author, Patterson’s works portray many fascinating events that helped shape musical history from Robert Johnson through current groups making a place for themselves among rock and roll’s standing legends. Gary is the author of “The Walrus Was Paul” and “Hellhounds on Their Trail”. Today he is developing other ideas for several new television series dealing with fascinating events in the ongoing history of rock and roll. Gary also gives lectures on college campuses concerning myths and little-known legends of popular music.
Joseph Niezgoda is a life-long Beatles fan, collector and scholar, who has researched John Lennon and the band for more than 25 years. He works in analog and digital music recording with an extensive background in music theory.
The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. They became the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed act in the history of popular music. Their best-known lineup consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, they later utilised several genres, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania”, but as their songwriting grew in sophistication, they came to be perceived by many fans and cultural observers as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era’s sociocultural revolutions.
They built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960. Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act and producer George Martin enhanced their musical potential. They gained popularity in the United Kingdom after their first single, “Love Me Do”, became a modest hit in late 1962. They acquired the nickname the “Fab Four” as Beatlemania grew in Britain over the following year, and by early 1964 they had become international stars, leading the “British Invasion” into the United States pop market. From 1965 on, the Beatles produced what many critics consider their finest material, including the innovative and widely influential albums Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (1968), and Abbey Road (1969). After their break-up in 1970, they each enjoyed successful musical careers. Lennon died in 1980 after having been shot by a deranged former fan, and Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001. McCartney and Starr remain active.