Beatles in Austin


“We’re coming to take you away — FOREVER!”


“Yoko, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Manhattan anymore.”

NANCY CARR * My recent stroll down South Congress in Austin proved again that the Beatles are everywhere. I especially liked Sgt. Pepper’s Day of the Dead Club Band at the Mi Casa folk art shop. The prize for sheer oddness goes to the St. Vincent De Paul thrift shop, which has John Lennon, rendered in chalk,  presiding over the linen department. And “smile even if you don’t want to” strikes me as one of the mottoes Paul McCartney lives by.


“Smile away horribly now . . . .”

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  1. Avatar trawicki wrote:

    what about the mural featuring (among many others) the fabs at lucy in disguise?
    and in north austin, we have the abbey road apartments located on (i kid you not) penny lane!

    • Nancy Carr Nancy Carr wrote:

      I saw the Lucy In Disguise sign but didn’t get a good picture of it, Trawicki. But I didn’t know about the Abbey Road apartments! Next time I’m in town I’ll have to take a trip down Penny Lane.

  2. Avatar Hologram Sam wrote:

    And as a teenager, Ringo toyed with the idea of moving to Texas. Lightnin’ Hopkins had something to do with Ringo’s desire. Others on this board probably know more about that strange chapter in his life.

  3. Avatar Hologram Sam wrote:

    Speaking of Texas, The Beatles influence is amazing in this new country release by Sturgill Simpson:

    It sounds like what you’d get if Hank Williams grew up listening to Revolver & Sgt. Pepper.

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