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John Lennon and his Aunt Mimi

“Art comes from in here!”

— John Lennon, English, singer, songwriter, composer, writer

“We went to the Walker Art Gallery and John [Lennon] took me up to this enormous painting [by fellow band-mate Stuart Sutcliffe]. It seemed to be all khaki and yellow triangles. I looked at it and I said “What is it?” Well! John got hold of my arm and hustled me outside: I wasn’t allowed to see another picture in the show. ‘How could you say a thing like that, Mimi?’  He gave his chest a big thump and bellowed. ‘Art comes from in here!‘ ”

— from the Beatles biography “Shout” by Philip Norman