Just one year after John had started at the school of Art his mother was killed in a car accident. This must have been a terrible tragedy for him, but he never showed it in any way. He just kept on playing in the band.
At school he met two very important people. The first one was Stuart Sutcliffe. They were in the same grade and became good friends. The other one he met at school was his future wife, Cynthia Powell. They were very different but started going out together.
John and Stu became even closer friends. The two of them convinced the school to buy a taperecorder and some speakers, so that "everyone at school could use them". But they soon ended up with Johnīs group..
When Stu, who was a very talanted artist, got some money for a painting he sold John
told him to buy a Hofner bass guitarr, so he could join the group. It didnīt matter that he
couldnīt play, John said heīd teach him. He didnīt do very well. Stu almost always turned his
back towards the crowd so that they couldnīt see how few chords he could play.