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I had intended to start like this: “Like when a man came to John Lennon, on a flaming pie, to tell him, ‘you are The Beatles with an A,’ the title ‘Dancing with the Gatekeepers’ came to me in a dream.” However, after checking I had got this right, I found I could not use it. The “flaming pie” story came during a 1964 interview to promote an album, but “The Beatles” has also been explained as a play on Buddy Holly’s backing band, the Crickets, or on the name of a biker gang in the Marlon Brando film, “The Wild One” (1953). I could still have used it, but the possibility it may not be the right story was enough for me to leave it. What made me drop the story completely was reading an interview Paul McCartney gave to the “New York Times” in May 1997, after recording a song and album named “Flaming Pie”: “There are still a lot of things we have to fudge because of compromise. If we don't all agree on a story, somebody has to give in. And Yoko [Ono] kind of insisted that John h