The Beatles and Gettysburg: Forward into the past

Gettysburg RoadDEVIN McKINNEY  •
Our town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, recently hosted festivities and commemorations around the sesquicentennial of the Civil War battle that occurred in the fields all around us. Tourists, there were many; and where tourists gather, chatchkis will be sold. Among them, this arresting item: Lincoln, Pickett, Lee, and Meade crossing a road made famous little more than a century after the battle that brought them together. Figures of the past are called forth to recreate a tableau, utterly independent of themselves, that to us is itself an image from, and of, the past; yet the combination propels both a bit farther on into the future. I love it!

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4 Comments

  1. On the table next to that, there was a short film of Brig. Gen. John Buford’s penis in various stages of tumescence, entitled “Self Portrait.”

  2. Devin, where the hell did you find that green photo of Paul? That made me laugh loudly.

  3. Avatar Devin McKinney wrote:

    Mike: I remembered once seeing pictures of Paul at a 1967 costume party, dressed somewhat like a Confederate cavalry officer, sitting with John and Georgie Fame (that’s GF next to Paul). Google “Paul McCartney costume party Georgie Fame” and you’ll see several shots, with John on the end dressed as a country priest. The green tint I added myself, for pizzazz.

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