After completing sergeant. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, John Lennon has suggested that the Beatles buy their own private island off the coast of Greece. They shopped around, but the plans ultimately fell through.
The group celebrated the completion of ‘Sgt. Pepper’ while vacationing off Greece
Based on Joshua M. Greene Here Comes The Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George HarrisonThe Beatles went on vacation to Greece after the end of sergeant. Pepper.
“Sergeant Pepper had absorbed nearly six grueling months of studio work, nearly seven hundred hours,” Greene wrote. “The intensity of the production had strained the relationship between George, John, Paul and Ringo.
“In July 1967, they decided to celebrate the end of the album and renew their friendship by taking a trip to Greece. Despite Epstein mishandling some contracts, the money was still flowing.
While in Greece, John came up with something interesting for his bandmates.
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John suggested the Beatles buy a private island where they could form a utopian society
While the band was vacationing in Greece, John suggested the Beatles look for a private island to buy. “Designed correctly, such a place could show the world how to live a utopian life,” Greene wrote.
“Utopia was not a new idea. By 1967, hippie townships dotted the American landscape and Summerhill in England, an experiment in unstructured childrearing, celebrated forty-six years in operation. John proposed that Beatles families and friends find an island where they could live in a circular arrangement of houses linked by tree-lined avenues.
“At the center would be a central glass arena, a biodome that would serve as a stadium and a playing field. ‘They’ve tried everything,’ he said, ‘wars, nationalism, fascism, communism, capitalism, wickedness, religion – none of that works.” So why not that?
“The entourage arrived in Athens, rented a boat and sailed up the Greek coast in search of an island to renovate. Before leaving for Greece, George bought an album of Sanskrit prayers. One prayer in particular became the band’s theme song on the boat.
Sailing through the Aegean Sea, George and John chanted mantras for hours. However, they never found an island.
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The Beatles didn’t buy a private island
When their trip to Greece ended, the Beatles’ plans to purchase a private island also came to an end.
“The idea of creating heaven on earth was short-lived,” Greene wrote. “We were good at going on vacation with big ideas,” Ringo said, “but we never realized them. It was safer to make records, because once they let us out , we would go crazy.
“Some time later John bought an island, a small outpost off the coast of Ireland used by farmers to graze goats. He only spent a short time there. Eventually he leased the land to a hippie community and never went back there again. Sharing Utopia together as a band was a dream that never came true.
The Beatles may not have bought a private island for a utopian society together, but they operated in their own little world. They lived in the circle of the band and influenced a generation of people.
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