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In his book The Beatles, Bob Spitz paints the following portrait of John Lennon during this period:

During the weeks after meeting Yoko, John spent more time than ever locked behind the door of his music room on the top floor of Kenwood. His drug-taking and depression dragged on ceaselessly, without regard for days or nights. Time passed in a vague blur, during which he leafed through magazines or one of the handsome volumes of impressionist art that were stacked next to the couch, rarely picking up a guitar other than to move it out of the way.

Soon, though, he is going to have to snap out of it. The first Beatles recording session in five months is scheduled for this Thursday, November 24. And not a moment too soon.