I didn’t have any money back then so I copied the 1 album my friend had. Then I sold some of my books to a second-hand bookshop, and bought mp3s of some of their albums compiled into one CD from an old music store (pretty sure it was illegal, but didn’t care, I just wanted to listen to more songs). I didn’t have lunch at school for a month so I could save my money to buy Paul McCartney’s “Chaos and Creation in the Backyard” album for my 16th birthday. Later, I bought the cheapest guitar and taught myself some of the chords to play The Beatles songs. Now I have a big collection of their LPs, CDs, books, t-shirts, tin boxes and even notebooks, but those old days were the best, getting something related to The Beatles felt like a tresure hunt. :)

Writer of the poetry book “The Anguish of an Oyster”. PhD candidate in Translation Studies at the University of Ottawa. www.ecemyucel.com

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