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Smokes and Mirrors



Frank Youngwerth deserves a pat on the back for his April 19 review of the latest from Yoko Ono and the Beatles. Instead of completely dismissing the song "Real Love" as most critics and persons on the street have, he appears to have actually listened to the song and critiqued it on its own merits--good and bad.

Mr. Youngwerth was on target in his assertion that the single cover photo was obviously part of Capitol's efforts to market the song as "a return to Beatles innocence," but he missed the most damning evidence of all: the fact that cigarettes have been digitally removed from at least three of the Fabs' hands! The unaltered picture can be found in any number of published Beatles photograph collections. Whether this was the decision of the label or the lads, it simply reflects the ongoing revisionist history that plagues the repressive 90s.

Let's pray the kids don't find out what was in the Beatles' cigarettes (or on their tongues, for that matter) just a short time after that picture was shot!

Michael De Bernardi


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