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For the Other Beatles, Life Takes Some Strange Twists

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Lennon the eccentric

For someone who has always been considered the thinking man’s Beatle, John Lennon (above with secretary and new girl friend May Pang) has been acting pretty strange. During the last few months he has spent most of his time as a mysterious figure in Los Angeles, crashing parties he isn’t invited to and not showing up when he is the guest of honor.

Early this year Lennon, 33, appeared at a chichi L.A. club, wearing a sanitary napkin on his head and berating a waitress. “Don’t you know who I am?” he snarled at one point. “Sure,” the waitress answered, “you’re the crazy bastard with a Kotex on his head.” Then in March he was bounced from the same place after he had heckled the Smothers Brothers (“I’m John Lennon,” he yelled repeatedly, amidst a string of vulgar cracks) and nearly started a brawl.

Lennon has separated from his wife Yoko Ono, and he probably has been the least commercially successful of the Beatles on his own. He has just finished a new album of old rock ‘n’ roll hits, Look Back, however, that might change that.

Harrison the ascetic

The sombre, reclusive George Harrison, 31, has just finished converting the ballroom of his 30-room, $336,000 gothic mansion in England into a recording studio so he can work at home. Still winding himself deeply into Hinduism, Harrison makes periodic pilgrimages to India, leaving his wife Patti, a former model, home alone amidst the hand-painted ceilings, gargoyles and stained glass windows. They have no children.

Harrison’s interest in things Eastern has led to his two biggest successes since the Beatle breakup: his hit single My Sweet Lord and the album which resulted from the Bangladesh concert in 1971. Rumors persist that he will be the steady force around whom the rest of the Beatles regroup—if. But Harrison says no, and even denies a report that he will tour the United States this fall with Ringo Starr for 25 concerts. Apple Records in London will say only that Harrison is “thinking about” a tour, with no other musicians specified. They do confirm, however, that Harrison is working on a new album, his first since Living in the Material World, released last year.

McCartney the copacetic

It was the boyish-looking Paul McCartney, above with his American wife Linda, whose 1971 legal action salted the wounds caused by the Beatles’ split. Long rumored to be feuding with Lennon and their business manager Allen Klein, McCartney sued to dissolve the contract under which all earnings of the group’s four members would go into a common kitty until 1977. Last year a financial compromise was agreed upon, and McCartney said that now there were “no personal reasons between the four of us why we can’t work together—if we were all in the right place at the right time and in the right mood.”

Since that coincidence hasn’t occurred yet, McCartney is busy reforming his band, Wings. He took it on the road in Europe in 1972, becoming the first ex-Beatle to tour. He has made five albums since the breakup and got an Academy Award nomination this year for the song Live and Let Die. He and Linda, both of whom are 32, have three daughters and live in a lovely Georgian house in St. John’s Wood in London. They also have two farms in Scotland, where, authorities said as they fined him $250 last year, Paul was growing marijuana.