Those of us collaborating on this website have come across the possibly true story of aÂ man taken into custody in 1981 in the middle of a heavy psychedelic drug overdose, whoÂ claimed to be from another Earthly reality. What makes this strange and even a bitÂ wonderful is that the man known only as â€œCKâ€ recounted in astonishing detail anÂ incredible history where the Beatles managed to stay together until 1975 as a group, andÂ even released a 1981 album under the Beatlesâ€™ name after the death of John Lennon.
Itâ€™s a small blip in the big scheme of war and peace and life and death, but as a caseÂ study it is fascinating, and for fans of the Beatles, it is monumental. This patientÂ recounted the playlists, liner notes and album art for five Beatles albums, released inÂ 1970, 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1981, that simply do not exist in our timeline. Most of theÂ songs do exist in our universe, but only as solo versions recorded by John, Paul, GeorgeÂ and Ringo without the Beatles imprimatur. Two unheard of singles exist as well, released in 1971Â and 1973.
In addition to these, CK described three songs â€” â€œBlasted,â€ a Lennon piece, â€œAntelope Loungeâ€ by McCartney andÂ â€œStumbling Toward Foreverâ€ by Harrison. Unfortunately, none of them have any analog inÂ our universe.
HOW WE HEARD ABOUT IT
CK began this outpouring of detail in an initial two-hour session on the first day he awokeÂ in the psychiatric facility to which heâ€™d been committed, and over five more sessions inÂ the next three weeks. His accounts were all recorded, transcribed, discussed privately by atÂ least a few fascinated staff members, filed away and largely forgotten. Except that one ofÂ these staffers, an orderly who, like CK, insists on complete anonymity, claims to haveÂ made copies of the transcriptions without permission. The orderly â€” weâ€™ll call himÂ â€œDrewâ€ â€” kept these papers in his own personal files for decades, showing them only toÂ a handful of close friends and confidantes.
In January 2011, we came into possession of a copy of these papers with the arrival of a digital zip file from an unknown email account that has apparently since been closed. We made efforts to find and contact both CK and Drew, but were never able to do so, and eventually focused our energies here rather than on trying to debunk or confirm the validity of the documents, a decision we’re comfortable with — again, being storytellers rather than scientists or detectives.
CK’s TIME UNDER OBSERVATION
The story was strange and compelling.Â Not only did CK apparently remember in nearlyÂ photographic detail these five alternative Beatles albums (and two singles), but he laid out a remarkably convincing case that he actually existed in the world he described toÂ his psychiatric evaluators. CK says he took a large dose of something sold to him asÂ â€œsynthetic peyoteâ€ in New Yorkâ€™s Greenwich Village on November 29, 1981 â€” the one-yearÂ anniversary of the 1980 death of John Lennon. While it is true that in our timeline/universe, the date of Lennon’s death is December 8, 1980, CK was emphatic that his date is right and ours is wrong. In any case, CK claimed he then took theÂ R-line subway uptown to Central Park to meet his girlfriend Angie,Â walked to Strawberry Fields, where they had previously arranged toÂ meet at 4:45PM, and grew agitated when he could not find her.
CK next remembers being restrained by paramedics and taken to an unnamed psychiatric ward. He was upset about Angieâ€™s â€œdisappearanceâ€ and extremely concerned thatÂ something bad had happened to her. Drewâ€™s photocopied notes indicate CK wasÂ â€œviolentâ€ and â€œmanic,â€ and had to be restrained. He was sedated and interviewed theÂ next morning by a psychiatric resident who diagnosed him as having had a severeÂ psychotic break. CK was suffering, the notes show, from â€œdelusional episodesâ€ withÂ â€œperseveration,â€ which means he was uttering words and phrases repeatedly. Many ofÂ these had to do with Angie, whom he now feared had been kidnapped or killed by theÂ medical staff in order to get information from him.
Notes from sessions conducted later in the week indicate that no one else in CKâ€™s life,Â including family members and friends who were contacted, knew of Angie or any otherÂ serious romantic relationship in CKâ€™s life. Yet CK was adamant that he and Angie hadÂ been going together openly for 20 months and were engaged to be married.
In his psychiatric sessions, CKÂ repeatedly expresses his anxiety over the fact that if he could have brought his albums and cassettes with him, everyone would instantly know the truth of his account. CK also told hisÂ psychiatric handlers, who played some of the solo recordings for him as a reality check, that the songs are mostly the same but lack the glorious interplay of theÂ Beatles that he clearly remembered in his mind.
After 41 days in restraint, CK was released fromÂ institutionalization and returned to his parentsâ€™ care.
THINKING THE UNTHINKABLE
While we do not profess to be knowledgeable in a scientific sense, it is true thatÂ physicists are more and more convinced that we do not just live in an infinite universe,Â but we may, in fact, live in just one universe in an infinite multiverse. Each universe, inÂ this theoretical musing, could constantly be fracturing into other universes, and it wouldÂ be possible to see the Beatlesâ€™ decision to break-up or stay together as a deviation point,Â creating another branch on the tree. Whether that makes us the original universe or theÂ alternative universe depends on oneâ€™s point of view and, for our purposes, we see oursÂ as the reality and this other as the alternative.
So, here we are in 2012, with a story about a man unhinged in time and space. It mightÂ not rate a second look except that the world he described is a creative gift to us all.Â This site, then, is dedicated to putting CKâ€™s reality together for others to see. Weâ€™veÂ recreated it to the best of our ability from the extensive notes leaked to us by Drew andÂ from the alleged sessions with the subject himself.
Whether or not CK turns out to be a harbinger of a new way ofÂ looking at dimensional reality, his recollections as they have been made available to usÂ certainly give global fans the chance to hear the Beatlesâ€™ music in a new way. We presentÂ it, then, in the spirit of entertainment, rather than science.
If there are more universes out there, maybe John and George are still alive in one of them, hanging out and jamming with Paul and Ringo. That would be an exciting place to visit.