In today’s session The Beatles recorded nascent versions of “Taxman” and “And Your Bird Can Sing.” You can hear both on The Beatles Anthology 2 if you have it (and it you don’t, quite frankly, that’s a mistake on your part). Both are more whimsical than the final versions, and more or less fall apart into laughter partway through.

One suspects that the boys were more stoned than usual today. And hey, what do you know, it’s 4/20! So who can blame them?

As a special 4/20 bonus, here is the letter that legendary reggae producer Lee “Scratch” Perry sent to Japan’s minister of justice when Paul McCartney was busted for possession in 1980:


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