Anonymous said:This isn't a question for a future video... I just wanted to thank Mike for being so open with his experiences with depression, I'm a fresher at uni and I've recently plucked up the courage to go for treatment and I'll be starting CBT soon. The video gave me hope that things can get better, so thanks Mike :)
A Day In The Life - 26th September 1969: UK release of Abbey Road.
The Beatles’ 12th official album, Abbey Road, is released in the UK on this day. Their last-recorded album, it is issued only in stereo, as Apple PCS 7088.
Abbey Road makes its UK chart debut on 4 October 1969 at number one, following advance sales of 190,000. It tops the chart for 11 weeks, before dropping to number two when The Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed is released, but returns to the top spot a week later, on 27 December, and stays there for a further six weeks. In total the album spends 92 weeks in the UK top 75.
Worldwide, it sells four million copies in its first six weeks on sale, and a further million by the end of 1969 - making it the best-selling long-player of the year. Abbey Road is the fourth best-selling album of the entire 1960s, and the eighth best-selling of 1970. In 1980 it becomes The Beatles’ first album to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide.
One of my most powerful memories from childhood is how my dad would get drunk, put this record on, and sit in front of the speakers with his eyes closed. The being drunk part was not great. But the passion for the Beatles around my house in the early ’70s was. I got hooked and when Dad left, I kept all the Beatles records.
Old White Guy in Audience at Book Event:
Have you faced any trouble in the publishing business because of your ... situation?
What "situation"? You mean because I'm a lesbian?
Old White Guy:
[visibly uncomfortable with the word "lesbian"] Yes, and also because, well, you're Chinese.
I haven't faced much homophobia in the publishing industry because most of publishing is run by women and gay men. The only issues I've faced because I'm Chinese is when I do events and older white men ask me about it. As an Asian woman, I'm used to older white men asking these questions.
Old White Guy:
[doesn't get it] So, have you considered somehow trying to get your books banned?
My friend Christine Heppermann’s book POISONED APPLES: POEMS FOR YOU MY PRETTY released this week. This collection is an unabashedly feminist look at girls, body image, and eating disorders told through the lens of fairy tales, designed for young adults.