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The moment The Beatles nearly bought an entire Greek island

The moment The Beatles nearly bought an entire Greek island

The moment The Beatles nearly bought an entire Greek island
December 03
12:29 2020

Remember when we were optimistic teenagers who made impossible plans like going on a very expensive trip with friends or designing our dream house? Well, it seems as though The Beatles were still in that phase in their late twenties.

In 1967, when the band was at the peak of their success, they travelled to Greece in July and almost bought an island on the spot. Surreal as it may sound, the band was in the phase in which they dabbled in hallucinogenics and other psychedelic modes of exploration. Besides, they weren’t broke like teenagers and in truth, they could actually afford an island.

Drugs were a way life in the 1960s-70s, especially for artists who were inspired by the ‘Flower Children’, hippies and fully immersed within the counter-culture movement. Drug-induced psychedelic artforms became popular during this period and Paul McCartney wrote in his autobiography Many Years From Now, “I suppose the main motivation for that would probably be that no one could stop you smoking.” He then tried to explain the plan by stating how they, as a band, wanted to turn the land into a hippie commune where there would be absolute freedom and zero interference: “Drugs was probably the main reason for getting some island, and then all the other community things that were around then… it was drug-induced ambition, we’d just be sitting around: ‘Wouldn’t it be great? The lapping water, sunshine, we’d be playing. We’d get a studio there. Well, it’s possible these days with mobiles and…’ We had lots of ideas like that”.

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