To kick off the opening of the exhibition, author Jude Southerland Kessler spoke about her newest John Lennon biography, She Loves You, the third installation in a nine-part series on Lennon. Amassing a collection of over 500 books about the Beatles, Kessler has dedicated 29 years to researching Lennon. Her newest book delves into the rollercoaster of 1963, when the Beatles made their American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show.
For Kessler, one of the more compelling, and surprising, facts she has learned over the course of her research is that Lennon, known for being a hard man, in fact had a much kinder, gentler side. Kessler referred to an instance early on in the Beatles’ career when Lennon spotted a group of girls lined up outside in the bitter cold, waiting to hear them perform. Lennon, knowing the girls had been there for hours with no food, scrounged up all the money he had (which, at the time, wasn’t much) and bought sandwiches for everyone.