25 Aug: The Beatles’ Giggling Guru

John, Paul, George and Ringo travelled to a transcendental meditation workshop in Bangor, Wales on 25th August, 1967 – at the invitation of ‘giggling guru’, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

The event changed everything for The Fab Four – influencing their music, their philosophy, and ultimately contributing to the end of the band.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly explore whether the experience encouraged them to give up LSD; reveal how Ringo, frankly, never really seemed to be in to it; and uncover the Maharishi’s later plans for a Yogic amusement park…

Further Reading:

• The Beatles in Bangor – silent news footage (1967):

• ‘Lennon was right. The Giggling Guru was a shameless old fraud’ (Daily Mail, 2008): https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-512747/Lennon-right-The-Giggling-Guru-shameless-old-fraud.html#:~:text=The%20Giggling%20Guru%20was%20a%20shameless%20old%20fraud,teach%20them%20to%20defy%20gravity%20by%20%22yogic%20flying%22.

• Doug Henning’s theme park plans: https://doughenningproject.com/tag/theme-park/