In My Ears and In My Eyes (Part 2), by Elayne Riggs

Elayne Riggs

Elayne Riggs is the creator of the popular blog Pen-Elayne on the Web. She was a founding member of Friends of Lulu, an organization dedicated to increasing the involvement of girls and women in comics, as readers and creators. She is married to inker Robin Riggs, with whom she shares two cats, and has odd love/hate relationship with Hillary Clinton.

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12 Responses

  1. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    I'm waiting patiently for the day that Michael Jackson's financials straits are so severe that he sells Paul the Beatles' catalog.It's all Paul's own fault, you know. Linda's father turned him on to investing his money in music catalogs – Paul owns the rights to things like "Stardust". While working with Michael Jackson on their songs together, he told Michael about it, cause Michael was looking for safe ways to invest his growing wealth. Some time later, Michael calls Paul and say he took Paul's advice and bought the rights to a catalog. "Oh yeah, whose?""Yours."

    • Russ Rogers says:

      Paul also owns the Buddy Holly catalog!I had heard that it's also Yoko Ono's fault that Paul and Yoko don't own the Lennon/McCartney catalog. I read that when the Northern Songs catalog came up for bids, Yoko convinced Paul that they could underbid for the songs because public sentiment over John's death was still very strong. The feeling was that nobody would have the heart to outbid the widow of the nearly canonized Beatle.Wikipedia has a different version of this story. It's still critical of Yoko, claiming that she encouraged Jackson to buy the catalog.

    • Robin Riggs says:

      It could be sooner than you think, Vinnie. Jackson sold half his stake to Sony back in 1995 and some reports say that as a result of renegotiations a couple of years ago when he ran out of cash Sony has an option to buy out his share at the end of May this year.I wonder if McCartney is thinking of moving to Sony after his 1 album deal with Starbucks. :)

      • Vinnie Bartilucci says:

        I've always said one of the things I'd do if won the Powerball is buy the catalog, sell it to Paul for sixty-four dollars, asking only for the job of handling licensing. Best joke I heard recently – Mills, cancer, death…congratulations, Yoko Ono is no longer the worst thing to ever happen to the Beatles.

        • Elayne Riggs says:

          Vin, the version of the joke I'd heard was a critic responding to an American Idol contestant trying to sing one of their songs, and it included all four of the things you mention as "no longer the worst thing." Although I never actually thought Yoko was "the worst thing" any more than Linda or any of the other wives were. Yoko was a "symptom" if you will, a part of John's maturation process, but not the proximal cause of anything as far as the Beatles went. She does, on the other hand, have much for which to answer regarding performance art.

  2. Johnny Bacardi says:

    C'mon, Elayne, Across the Universe wasn't THAT bad…

    • Elayne Riggs says:

      I know Johnny, bit of a cheap shot since I haven't actually seen the movie in question. I did, however, walk out on the premiere of Sergeant Pepper, to which I'd won free tickets. The only other movie I'd ever run from in that way was Monsignor (the awful Chris Reeves film). I don't run from movies that much, just ask Vinnie; I mean, I sat through Leprecaun II!!

      • Johnny Bacardi says:

        Oh, it's a million times better than that awful Sgt. Pepper's flick. I promise.By the way, I also got Nilsson's autograph once, although it was by proxy. It was on a copy of this 45, and here's the story.

      • Vinnie Bartilucci says:

        I have a special place in my heart for Sgt. Pepper. I think it's taking up the spot that's supposed to be used to care for my fellow man, which may explain a great deal… I also loved the novelization; in keeping with the fact that there's no dialogue in the film, the entire book is written in third person, with no dialogue or quotes at all. It's the ultimate transgression of the writing rule, "show, don't tell".

  3. Van Jensen says:

    I was born a couple years after Lennon's death, but I still grew up a huge Beatles fan, thanks to my dad's record collection that included almost all of their albums (He also had one of Nilsson's).

  4. mike weber says:

    I ran across a column in a British paper talking about John's legacy and Yoko; i did a blog post about it at