Hallways & Staircases
Music plays a large role in all of Thomas Pynchon's novels, none more so the The Crying of Lot 49. The Byrds were making demos for World Pacific in 1964, consciously modeling their work on the Beatles, the Liverpool dance band that very suddenly developed an unprecedented level of fame in America in the immediate wake of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Byrds, developing their fame by consciously modeling themselves after the sound and style of the Beatles appear to be a primary reference for the Paranoids. "Miles", who probably was named after Miles Davis has " . . . . a Beatles haircut and a lapless, cuffless, one-button mohair suit. . . ." The Beatles have a seriously silly Let it Be outtake as Los Paranoias, available on Anthology, Volume 3
Note as well TRP's fondness for the Beach Boys. See Pynchon and Brian Wilson. .